Anecdotes from the Life of the Prophet Muhammad

by Mumtaz Ahmad Faruqui

The Conquest of Mecca

In the eighth year of the Flight (i.e., 7 A.H.) the Holy Prophet was forced by circumstances to lead an army of ten thousand Muslims against the Meccans. This time the Meccans felt helpless and beaten. Hardly any resistance was offered and the Muslim troops entered Mecca and rid the Holy Kaba [Kabah] (the House of God) of all idols, and cleaned up the place. Abu Sufiyan, the inveterate enemy of Islam, who should have expected no mercy at the hands of the Muslims, got a Muslim relation to take him to the Holy Prophet in the dead of the night, where he accepted Islam and begged for mercy and forgiveness which were granted to him. His wife, Hinda, through her hatred of Muslims and in a spirit of vengeance, had indulged in the ghoulish act of actually chewing the liver ripped out of the dead body of Hazrat Hamza, the Prophet’s uncle who was killed in the Battle of Uhud. She deserved to be punished and expected no mercy to be shown to her. Yet she and many others like her did not know that they were dealing with a man who had been sent as a mercy to mankind. When these enemies were at last brought before him, the Holy Prophet said:

“What kind of treatment do you expect at my hands?”

“Mercy, O generous brother,” they replied.

“Be it so,”

declared the Prophet.

“I say unto you as Joseph said unto his brothers. There is no reproach on you this day; go, for you are free.”

The following narrative is related about Akrama, son of Abu Jahl (the most inveterate enemy of Islam, who was killed in the Battle of Badr). At the fall of Mecca, he fled in the hope of leaving Arabia and migrating to some other country. It is related that he boarded a sailing vessel which soon encountered a storm at sea. The sailors began praying to God for mercy and safety. Upon this, Akrama asked them as to why they did not appeal to their great idol-god, Hubbal, for help. The sailors replied that Hubbal might be the god on land, but at sea only God’s rule prevailed. This gave a shock to Akrama, who said dejectedly:

“If this is so, then put me back on shore for I have witnessed that the idol-god Hubbal does not even rule on land.”

Akrama later on accepted Islam.

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