In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, Ever Merciful.
Love for All, Hatred for None.
"Read out in the name of thy Lord who created man from a blood clot. Read out and thy Lord is of great honour. He taught with the pen, taught man what he knew not."After this the angel disappeared. Muhammad was over awed. With trembling heart he went home. He asked the lady Khadija to cover him up. When she did as asked, he told her of his strange experience. He said that he was in mighty fear. The good lady replied,
"Fear not, be happy, God will not cause you any harm. For, you are kind to relations. You speak the truth, you bear the burdens of others. You possess virtues that have become lost. You respect your guests and you help all people in all right things."But Muhammad was not at ease. One day as he was returning home from the cave Hira, he heard a voice calling him. When he looked around, he had the vision of the same angel sitting on a chair perched high between the earth and the heavens. Muhammad was alarmed. So, he hurried home. Again he asked his wife to cover him up. Then he heard a mighty voice commanding him to stand up, give glory to the Lord and warn all men. From that day on he heard the voice very often.
The religion the Prophet taught was simple. The believers were asked to say,
"There is no God but Allah. He has no partner and Muhammad is His Prophet."They were required to obey the Prophet in all good things.
"If I tell you that a big army is in wait for you behind this hill, would you believe me?"They all said,
"Yes, because you have spoken the truth always."The prophet then said,
"I warn you of the anger of God. Believe in Allah so that you may be saved."They laughed at him and walked away.
One day the Prophet asked Ali to call all their relations to a meal. When they were assembled, the Prophet addressed them thus,
"O children of Abdul Muttalib, I have come to you with a great thing. Nobody brought a greater good for his people. I invite you to God. If you believe me, you will have the best of this life and of the life after death. Now which of you will help me?"They all laughed except Ali. Ali said,
"I will be with you."And he was with the Prophet till the end. From that day Islam was the talk of the town.
The prophet now began to call men to God openly. Muslims used to meet in a house called Dar-ul-Islam. They would pray and learn their new duties. Others would also come there to hear the Prophet. For three years this centre remained open to all new comers. Many more believed and became Muslims. They were Masab bin Omair, Abdullah bin Umme Maktum, Zaid bin Khattab, Jafar bin Abi-Talib, Omar bin Yaseer, Abu Moosa al Ashari.
"By God if they placed the sun on my right hand and the moon on my left hand, I will not give up my mission."As the Prophet started to depart, Abu Talib called him back. He was in tears. He said,
"Go ahead, nephew, I am with you as long as I live."Abu Talib then told Quresh to do what they pleased, he would stand by his nephew.