Story No. 154 – Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (saw): Three years of propagation in practice
Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (saw): Three years of propagation in practice For three whole years after the actualization of the prophetic mission of Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (saw), he propagated his faith in secret because the corrupt environment of Arabia, which had been polluted with idolatry and paganism for centuries, was by no means ready for the open propagation of Islam, which is perfect monotheism and opposed to any kind of polytheism.
In the beginning, Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (saw) was faced with extremely difficult problems and obstacles that seemed to prevent him from achieving his divine goal – the propagation of Islam. Thus Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (saw) praised the One God before the eyes of the idolaters who worshipped numerous gods and whose worshipping assumed the form of whistling and clapping. Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (saw) performed the ritual prayers, which included spiritual discourse and praise of Almighty Allah (SWT), Who has no partner nor any peer. Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (saw), accompanied by Imam Ali (as) and Khadijah bint Khuwaylid, went to the crowded places like the Masjid al-Haram and Mana and performed the congregational ritual prayers before the eyes of the enemies of Islam and thus, through his practice, fought polytheistic faiths.
Atif, a merchant of that time, has said, ‘I had gone to Abbas, the son of Abd al-Muttalib, on business, when suddenly I observed that a man entered the Masjid al-Haram, looked up at the sky and the sun and stood praying in front of the Kaaba. A little later, a woman and a boy came in and accompanied him in his prayer. I asked Abbas ibn Abd Al-Muttalib about that religion of which I had not yet heard! Abbas ibn Abd Al-Muttalib said, “This man is Muhammad, the son of Abdullah. He believes that his God is the Creator of heaven and earth and that God has assigned him to guide people. For the time being his faith has no believer other than these three people. This woman you see is Khadijah, the daughter of Khuwaylid, and this boy is Ali, the son of Abu Talib ibn Abd Al-Muttalib, who have accepted his faith.”‘
Thus started the beginning of a divine mission, which was destined not only to cleanse the Arabian Peninsula of the filth of polytheism but whose radiance would eventually dispel darkness from all over the world.
“Certainly Allah conferred a benefit upon the believers when He raised among them a Messenger from among themselves, reciting to them His communications and purifying them, and teaching them the Book and the wisdom, although before that they were surely in manifest error.” (Noble Qur’an, 3:164)
Indeed! Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (saw) was appointed to recite the divine verses to the people, to teach them the Book and wisdom, and to rescue them from being mislead like their ancestors. However, not all people responded to his invitation equally.
In this way Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (saw) went on with his divine task until gradually the number of Muslims increased and, contrary to the ill-wishes of the opponents of Islam, this faith prevailed. When the atmosphere became suitable for the open propagation of Islam, Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (saw) was divinely ordered to act accordingly.