The Prophet Muhammad spent 13 years preaching in Mecca. During this time, the people of Mecca had directed all kinds of abuse against the Prophet, his Family and Companions . After 13 years of peaceful preaching, he was forced to leave his homeland to emigrate to the small oasis of Yathrib over 250 miles away. Even after having emigrated, the Meccans pursued the Prophet and sent armies to invade his place of emigration and to decimate the religion of Islam. However, 10 years later, the Prophet returned to Mecca with an army of 10,000 soldiers to conquer Mecca. On this day of the conquest, one of the Companions called out to the people of Mecca and said: “Today is the day of revenge!” When the Prophet Muhammad was informed of this statement, he rejected it and said, “Today is the Day of Forgiveness.” I

I Set forth by Ibn ‘Asakir in Tārīkh Madīna Dimashq, 23:454. •Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr in al-Istī’āb, 2:597. al-Ḥalabī in al-Sīra al-Ḥalabiyya, 3:22.

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