Accepting a god other than one’s Maker creates servility in the soul and produces oppression. The souls of the Quraishi chiefs clung to worldly life, tightly shackled by a love of supremacy and the pleasures derived from it, and by a refusal to be molded by the principles of ‘Right and Wrong’, ‘Halal (Lawful) and Haram (Forbidden)’, ‘Do and Do not do’.
They resisted any thought of an afterlife, a return to Allah for repayment of evil with evil and good with good. They withheld themselves from belief and fought vigorously to withhold others, hindering people from the straight path, wanting it to remain crooked and unjust.
It was an open life-and-death battle in which the disbelievers employed every weapon of psychological warfare against the Prophet (pbuh) to obstruct the truth he (pbuh) preached and inflict on his blessed soul the invisible deadly wounds of inward failure and defeat, loss of confidence, breaking of will, destruction of purpose, killing of hope, and despair of support, which are deeper and more injurious than physical wounds.