Abu Sufyan (r.a.) & 'Abbas (r.a.) during al-Fath al-Makkah

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

In a very telling narration, Abu Sufyan (r.a.), who had only just accepted Islam, looked on bewildered and amazed at the procession of the Muslim soldiers as they entered Makkah.  How many they had become from so few.  He said to ʿAbbas (r.a.), the uncle of the Prophet (s.a.w.), who was with him, “Your nephew’s kingdom has grown mighty indeed!”

ʿAbbas (r.a.) replied, “It is not a kingdom, Abu Sufyan — it is prophethood!  What ‘kingdom’ is this of which you speak?  When you offered him worldly power, earth and prestige in Makkah, he cast it all aside, preferring to be subjected to torture and persecution at your hands rather than surrender to such a temptation.  Why was it that you obliged him to depart from his home country, if not because he refused to accept the worldly power you had offered him as a substitute for the prophetic message which he had been inviting you to believe in?”


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