The "Kingdom" of Muhammad (s.a.w.)

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

When Abu Sufyan Sakhr ibn Harb, had only just accepted Islam, he looked on in amazement at the procession of the Muslims as they entered Makkah.  Where once they were few and weak, now there were so many, and the finest of the Arabs and others.  He said to Sayyidina ‘Abbas ibn ‘Abd al-Muththalib (r.a.), the uncle of the Prophet (s.a.w.), who was with him, “Your nephew’s kingdom has grown mighty indeed!”

Sayyidina ‘Abbas (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, wealth 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, 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?”

Fath al-Makkah occurred on 11th December, 629 CE, the 18th Ramadhan.


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