“I have been commanded with forgiveness, therefore do not said. The Prophet fight,” the Prophet Muhammad faced many great hardships and difficulties during his 23-year Prophetic mission, but he forgave his transgressors. One such example was on the occasion of his preaching in Ta’if. The chiefs of the town set the children and slaves loose to hurl pebbles at the Prophet which resulted in his blessed body being soaked in blood. So much blood had been shed that the blessed soles of his feet were stuck to his sandals. Seeing this, the nearby angels in charge of the mountains asked the Prophet to punish the people of Ta’if by crushing them in between the mountains but the Prophet did not permit the angels to do so and instead forgave the people and prayed for their children that they would be gifted the blessing of faith.¹ And so, within the Prophet’s lifetime, the people of Ta’if accepted Islam willingly and the Prophet set forgiveness and mercy as his noble example and precedent.

I Set forth by al-Bukhārī in al-Ṣaḥīḥ, 3:1180 $3059. Muslim in alṢaḥīḥ, 3:1420 S1795.


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