By: Haya Muhammad Ahmed Eid

Al-Azhar Al-Sharif Authorization for the Book
Introducing the Prophet of Mercy
A Word Picture
Why Muhammadr?
Mercy upon Mankind
Arise and Warn!
Psychological Warfare
1. A sorcerer! A madman! A liar! Rather, he is a poet!
2. Never will we show belief until we have a share of your prophethood
3. Shall we believe in you while you are followed by the lowest of people?
4. We will make you our king
5. Prostrate before our gods to prostrate before your God!
6. Turn Mount As-Safa into gold for us to believe you!
7. After dying and becoming dust, shall we then be resurrected?
8. Allah did not reveal anything to a human being
9. You are not a Messenger!
10. Is this the one whom Allah has sent as a Messenger?
11. Has Allah sent a human Messenger?
12. It is only a human being who teaches you
13. Do not listen to this Qur'an!
14. If we wish we can say the like of this Qur'an
15. Bring us a Qur'an other than this or change it!
16. If this is the truth, rain down upon us stones from the sky!
17. Your God has forsaken you
Power of the Word "la illaha ella Allah"
I Am the Prophet, No Lying
Bestowed Mercy
Tolerance Together With Mercy
On the Road of Hijrah
A New World
To Those Who Are Being Fought
Full Moon Has Shone
Building the City of Light
First Cornerstone: Return of Mankind to Allah
Second Cornerstone: Binding Muslims to One Another
Third Cornerstone: Binding Muslims to Non-Muslims
On One Ship
Free People
Plant It
Writing to Kings
Hindering the Path
Divine Victory
Back to Homeland
Straight Path
Followers of the Path
Verdant Shade

Islambasics Library: Muhammad the Prophet of Mercy

4. We will make you our king

The disbelievers tried to tempt the Prophet r with worldly riches, power, and sovereignty; laying them under his feet, hoping that this might dissuade him from calling people to Islam and worshiping Allah, Alone, with undivided allegiance.

An envoy of the pagan leaders, ‘Utbah bin Rabi‘ah, came to bargain with the Prophet r, saying, “If you are only seeking wealth with the matter with which you came, we will collect for you from our wealth until you become the richest among us. If you are seeking high rank, we will make you our master and will decide no matter without you. If you are seeking dominion, we will make you a king over us. And if that which comes to you is an evil spirit you see and cannot drive away from yourself, we will seek treatment for you, and we will freely spend the foremost portion of our wealth until we cure you of it.”

 When ‘Utbah finished, the Messenger of Allah r, who was listening to him, said, “Have you finished, O Abul-Walid?” He said, “Yes.” The Messenger of Allah r said, “Then listen to me.” ‘Utbah said, “I will.” And he r recited:

(In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful: Ha­-Mim1. (This is) a Revelation from the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. A Book whose Ayat are explained in detail. A Qur’an in Arabic for a people who know. A giver of glad tidings and a warner; but most of them turn away, so they do not hear. And they say, “Our hearts are within coverings from that to which you invite us, and in our ears is deafness, and between us and you is a barrier, so work (on your way); indeed, we are working.” Say (O Muhammad), “I am only a human being like you. It is revealed to me that your God is only One God. Therefore, take the Straight Path to Him and seek forgiveness from Him. And woe to the Mushrikin.)2

The Messenger of Allah r continued reciting the Surah to ‘Utbah, who listened attentively to the recited Ayat, supporting himself upon his hand placed behind his back. On reaching the Ayah that required prostration, the Messenger of Allah r prostrated himself and then said, “You have heard, O Abul-Walid, what you have heard; it is you and this.”

‘Utbah went back to his companions, who whispered to one another, “We swear by Allah, Abul-Walid has returned to you with a different countenance from that with which he departed.”

When he sat with them, they said, “O Abul-Walid, what is behind you?

He said, “Behind me is that I heard a saying which I swear by Allah the like of it I have never heard. By Allah it is neither poetry, nor magic, nor soothsaying. O people of Quraish, obey me and lay it on me. Do not come between this man and what he is in. Withdraw from him. By Allah, the saying I heard from him will be a great event. Should the Arabs defeat him, others than you will rid you of him. Should he triumph over the Arabs, his supremacy will be yours, his glory will be yours, and you will be the most fortunate of all people by him.”

They said, “He bewitched you with his tongue, by Allah, O Abul-Walid.”

He said, “That is my opinion regarding him. Do with him as you please.” 3

1 These letters are one of the miracles of the Qur’an, and none but Allah Alone knows their meanings.

2 Translated meanings of Fussilat 41: 1-6.

3 Ibn Hisham, As-Sirah An-Nabawiyyah, ‘Utbah bin Rabi‘ah Negotiating with the Messenger r, vol. 1.

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