Public Call to Islam
The Prophet (s.a.w.) called all of the Qurayash to Islam, in obedience to Allah' s order:
Therefore declare openly what you are bidden and turn aside from the polytheists...
He ascended the mountain of al-Safa and called out It is daybreak! it is daybreak! That was the custom of the Arabs when there was something critical to discuss together. The Quraysh gathered around him asking in wonder, What is it? If I were to tell you, the Prophet (s.a.w.) asked them, that horsemen were descending from the mountains to attack you, in the morning or in the evening, would you not believe me?
We do, they replied.
Then, he said to them, I should warn you of the terrible punishment that lies in wait for you. O son of Abdul-Muttalib, O son of Abd-Manaf, O son of Zahrah...Deliver yourselves from the fire of hell. I can do nothing for you if you disobey to attack his home and people, so he hasten towards warning them.
Shame on you!, Abu-Lahab interrupted him, Was it for this you invited us?
And so Allah, the Most Blessed and High, revealed to His Prophet the following chapter (surah):
Perdition overtake both hands of the Abu Lahab, and he will perish. His health and what he earns will no avail him. He shall soon burn in fire that flames, And his wife, the bearer of fuel, Upon her neck a halter of strongly twisted rope.
Holy Qur'an (111:1-5)
This attempt was not in vain, for a number of the Quraishis entered Islam under the banner of There is no god but Allah. Furthermore, the news of the faith forced itself into every house. This statement made by the Prophet (s.a.w.) was, indeed, to usher in a new era of bitter struggle between the new faith and the wounded pride of the pre-Islamic Arabs.
Adapted from the book: "Muhammad The Messenger of Allah"
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