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Passion Islam I December 2009 SPECIAL FEATURE I 21
Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) and his “Teach your cousin how to perform My heart soared with happiness
family convinced him that he was wudu and about the Sunnah. Then and wept .He turned towards me and
long in all what he was doing. bring him back to me.” said:
Eventually God opened his heart When Ali returned, the Prophet My brother! Upon my life! Advance
to Islam. He says: ?I got up and said: “Tell all the people that the and strike!?
said to my servant, Madhkur: ‘Get Messenger of God is pleased with The words of the Prophet
ready a camel and a horse for us.? Abu Sufyan and that they should be spurred me on and we plunged into
I took my son Jafar with me and we pleased with him.” the positions of the mushrikin until
galloped with great speed towards al- Abu Sufyan continued: “The they were routed and fled in every
Abwa between Makkah and Madinah. Prophet then entered Makkah and I direction.?
I heard that Mohamed camped too entered in his entourage. He went After the battle of Hunayn, Abu
there. As I approached the place, I to the Sacred Mosque and I also Sufyan ibn al-Harith stayed in the
covered my face so that no one could went, trying my best to remain in his company of the noble Prophet
recognize and kill me before I could presence and not separate from him Mohamed (PBUH). But he was
reach Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) and on any account... never able to look directly in the
announce my acceptance of Islam In the Battle of Hunayn the Arabs Prophet?s eyes out of shame and
directly to him. put together an unprecedented embarrassment for his past hostility
I proceeded slowly on foot while force against Prophet Mohamed towards him.
advance groups of Muslims headed (PBUH) and they were determined to Abu Sufyan felt very bad because
towards Makkah. I avoided their path give a mortal blow to Islam and the of what he had done to harm Prophet
out of fear that one of the Prophet’s Muslims. Mohamed (PBUH) and his mission
companions would recognize me. Abu Sufyan narrated: The Prophet and he spent so many nights regretting
I continued in this fashion until I went out to confront them with a large trying to extinguish the light of God
saw Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) number of his companions. I went out and refusing to follow His message.
on his mount. Coming out into the with him and when I saw the great He spent his days and nights
open, I went straight up to him and throngs of mushrikin, I said: ?By God. reciting the verses of the Quran.
uncovered my face. He looked at me Today, I shall atone for all my past Trying to understand and follow its
and recognized me. But, he turned hostility towards the Prophet. Peace laws and profit by its admonitions. He
his face away. I moved to face him be on him, and he shall certainly see shunned the world and its adornments
once again. He avoided looking at me on my part what pleases God and and turned to the worship of Allah.
and again turned away his face. This what pleases him.? One day Prophet Mohamed
happened repeatedly. When the two forces met, the (PBUH) saw him entering the mosque
Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) and pressure of the mushrikin on the and asked his wife:
his companions completely rejected Muslims was severe and the Muslims “Do you know who is this,
to talk or even look at Abu Safyan for began to lose heart. Some even Aishah?”
days. Until Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) began to desert and terrible defeat “No, O Messenger of God.” she
reached al-Jahfah (about four days stared us in the face. However, the replied.
journey from Makkah). Prophet stood firm in the thick of This is my cousin. Abu Sufyan ibn
Abu Sufyan sat down at the door of battle astride his mule “Ash-Shahba” al-Harith. See, he is the first to enter
the tent of Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) like a towering mountain, wielding his the masjid and the last to leave. His
and his son Jafar stood beside him. sword and fighting for himself and eyes do not leave his shoelace.”
But still Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) those around him... I jumped from On the death of Prophet Mohamed
rejected to look at him. my horse and fought beside him. (PBUH) Abu Sufyan felt intense grief
The situation became too much God knows that I desired martyrdom and wept bitterly.
for Abu sufyan and he said: ?By God, beside the Messenger of God. My During the caliphate of Umar
either the Prophet, peace be on him, uncle, al-Abbas, took the reins of the al-Farouk, Abu Sufyan felt his end
shows he is pleased with me or I Prophet’s mule and stood at his side. drawing near.
shall take my son and go wandering I took up my position on the other One-day people saw him in al-
through the land until we die of hunger side. With my right hand I fended off Baqi, the cemetery not far from the
and thirst.? attacks against the Prophet and with Prophet’s mosque where many
When Prophet Mohamed heard my left I held on to my mount. Sahabah are buried. He was digging
this, he relented and on leaving his When the Prophet saw my and fashioning a grave. They were
tent, he looked more gently towards devastating blows on the enemy, surprised to see him doing that.
me then before. I so much hoped that he asked my uncle: ?Who’s this?? After three days Abu Sufyan was
he would smile.? ‘This is your brother and cousin. Abu lying on his death bed. His family
Eventually Prophet Mohamed Sufyan ibn al-Harith. Be pleased with gathered around him weeping but
(PBUH) relented and told Abu Sufyan, him. O Messenger of God.’ he said: “Do not weep for me. By
“There is now no blame on you.” I have done so and God has God, I did not commit any wrong
The Prophet then called Ali ibn Abi granted forgiveness to him for all since I accepted Islam.” He then died
Talib who had newly embraced Islam the hostility he has directed against after serving Islam with all he had of
and told him: me.’? power.
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