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The Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, was keen on calling them to Allah

Auther : Muhammad Saalih Al-Munajjid
Under category : How He treated them?
209 2023/12/03 2024/07/18
Article translated to : العربية

The Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, would covet the Islam of the elders of the people, in hope that those beneath them would  also accept Islam, and that is why he would give them special attention. 

An example of that is when he was busy with Al-Waleed ibn  Al-Mugheerah (calling him to Islam), who was one of the chiefs of  Quraysh, hoping that he would accept Islam. The Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, was busy with Al-Waleed when Ibn Umm Maktoom (one of the Companions who was blind) approached, and the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, ignored Ibn Umm Maktoom and instead proceeded to Al-Waleed.

Aa’ishah said

` “Allah revealed (what means): «He [i.e. the Prophet] frowned and turned away.» with regards to Ibn Umm Maktoom, the blind one, who went to the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and was saying: ‘O Messenger of Allah, guide me,’ when the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, was present with some chiefs of the Quraysh. This caused the Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, to turn away from him, and instead give his attention to the other man. Ibn Umm Maktoom said to him, ‘Do you see anything wrong with what I am saying?’ and the Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, would respond: ‘No.’ So it was revealed about this.’

Another instance which shows his keenness on guiding people, especially the elders and chiefs among them, is when the Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: “O Allah, give Islam glory with either of these two men that you love more; Abu Jahl, or `Umar ibn Al-Khattaab.” `Abdullaah ibn `Umar (a Companion and the son of ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattaab) said: “The more beloved to Allah out of those two was `Umar.”

Aa’ishah reported that the Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said

“O Allah, give glory to Islam through `Umar ibn Al-Khattaab specifically.”

Al-Albaani (a scholar) said: “There is no contradiction (between the two narrations), because it might be that the Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said the first one in the beginning of Islam, but when he saw Abu Jahl’s obstinacy and insistence on  opposing him, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, he supplicated for `Umar specifically. The outcome was that Allah answered his call and granted Islam glory through him, as is well-known from his biography and this is something that Ibn Mas`ood (a Companion) explicitly mentioned when he said:  ‘We have been given glory ever since `Umar accepted Islam.’”



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