by Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani Sahib
It was the end of sixth century when paganism prevailed all around and non-civilized state was touching its peaks. All big religions of that time had failed to ameliorate the situation and they did not have any remedy to the menace of debauchery and irregularity. Religions had met high distortion and amendments that it was difficult to find their real shapes.
Mostly unimportant traditions were considered as religions and worshiping. Weaker people were subjected to terrible atrocities and excesses. Disobedience had become a tradition. It was not only a society, city or country which was experiencing such a terrible situation but riots, lawlessness and anti-social activities had gripped the entire world. It was felt as the human beings had vowed to end their lives and no one was willing to live anymore. The world had plunged into darkness that no one was able to recognize the other. However, some incidences took place, which informed the world that the long era of atrocities and debauchery was going to meet its end. Some symptoms appeared which gave a message that downpour of Allah’s blessings was going to start which was long awaited by the inhabitants of the earth.
This blessing was a long-awaited desire of those orphans who were deprived of their rights by their relatives and who did not have anyone who could console them in their hard times. Women had no other stigma but that of widowhood. But, anti-social elements had considered this scar a worst state and deprived the widows of their all rights, which they should have enjoyed in any society. These blessings were a long-awaited desire of those innocent minor girls who were buried alive under a tradition of that time. The oppressed people, discarded by the society on one pretext or the other, were waiting for Allah’s blessings. The labourers, oppressed, poor and weaker people were waiting for a rescuer who could pull them out of serious crisis. At last in the year of 570, the time came when they did not have to wait for the peaceful moments any longer. It was the time when Hazrat Amna (RA) gave birth to a child who proved to be the rescuer of humanity from all evils. Hazrat Muhammad (sallallahu 'alaihe wasallam) was born on Rabiul Awwal 12. This day is called the blessings of Rabi. According to Imam Shafa’ee (RA), three Rabi gathered in this holy month.
The name of the month was Rabi, the season was of Rabi and Hazrat Muhammad (sallallahu 'alaihe wasallam) himself was the blessing of Allah Almighty for the mankind. It was a simple birth of Hazrat Muhammad (sallallahu 'alaihe wasallam). His actual birth took place after 40 years at Ghar-e-Hira in the month of Ramadhan when Hazrat Gabriel (AS) brought the first message of Allah Almighty and turn Muhammad bin 'Abdullah into Muhammad Rasoolullah (sallallahu 'alaihe wasallam). As Muhammad bin 'Abdullah, he was known in Mecca only but when he was turned into a Holy Prophet, his recognition spread all over the world. When he was born in the house of Hazrat Amna, he had no opponent. But when he took the second birth then except a few followers, all turned enemies. Take the example of Abu Talib. He was the one who celebrated the birth of Muhammad bin Abdullah. But when he was declared Holy Prophet of Allah Almighty, Abu Talib turned his diehard enemy.
At Ghar-e-Hira, Allah Almighty assigned him with the hardest task. Initially he was worried of this responsibility. He was not assigned to ameliorate the lots of people in just one city but he was the whole world. Moreover, his job was not only to teach a few customs and social activities, but he was assigned to preach Islam in its true shape and tell the people about moral and social values. He was assigned to rebuild all sections of society. He was given to reproduce a new world, create a new mankind and destroy the false faith and belief of worshiping the idols. He was told to build a new monument on the basis of justice and order. It was all because of Almighty Allah’s divine order that those who never knew to say yes to any good thing, now had turned into stricter Muslim and used to stand up to pay respect to Hazrat Muhammad (sallallahu 'alaihe wasallam) on his arrival.
For three years Hazrat Muhammad (sallallahu 'alaihe wasallam) preached Islam by remaining in hiding from the enemies but later when another divine order of Almighty Allah descended in which it was said, “O’ Muhammad (sallallahu 'alaihe wasallam), convey Allah’s message openly to people and never care for the atheists.” In order to convey Allah’s message to the people, he climbed the Saffah Hill and raised a slogan absolutely in Arab style. Most Arabs knew the meaning of this slogan that it was raised only at a time of high danger. When the entire tribe of Quraish, after hearing the slogan, gathered near the Saffah Hill, he addressed the people and asked: “O’people! If I tell you that a big army has gathered on the other side of this hill who is ready to launched an attack on you, would you believe?” The gathering replied, “Muhammad! We have never noticed you speaking lies. So, we would not be reluctant in believing you.”
When Quraish expressed their trust in Hazrat Muhammad (sallallahu 'alaihe wasallam) then he said, “O’people! I am the prophet of Allah Almighty and I have come to pull you out of wrong doings to save you from Allah’s wrath.” Listening these words, it was complete silence all around. But, his uncle, Abu Talib came up with his comments, “O’ Muhammad, we wasted our day for you. Had you called us here to say only these things?”
With the first message Allah, conveyed to the people, and taking initiative to preach Islam openly, there began another hair-raising era of oppression and atrocities. A committee was set up to carry out collective atrocities and this committee was headed by Abu Talib, while at least 25 Sardars of different tribes of Mecca were the member of this committee. This committee had taken a shape of that era’s United Nations. The objective of this committee was to refrain spread of Islam. In this process of strong opposition to the spread of Islam, Muslims were subjected to severe torture. Many Muslims were made to lie on burning sand, some were ejected from their houses, and many were forcibly thrown into fire. Many were subjected to severe torture by giving deep incision into their body. Anti-Islam forces opted for social boycott of Islam for three years. But such tactics could not change the belief of Muslims. Such sort of atrocities continued for about 13 years and then Allah Almighty granted Muslims with a permission to migrate from Mecca.
In Mecca it was an order to endure all atrocities and oppression but never raise a voice and never react. Sahaba-e-Karam were the most obedient people. They endured all sorts of oppression but never reacted. Later when they were granted permission to raise their swords in their defence, Muslims stepped into the battlefield putting their lives on stake and there began a series of Ghazwat (battles in which Hazrat Muhammad (sallallahu 'alaihe wasallam) also took part). The objective of these Ghazwaat was not to show the strength of Muslims, or to widen the area of rule or to loot the valuables. But, the objective was to put the mankind on right track and make them understand what social values are. The objective was to make people follow the only religion of the world that teaches brotherhood and leave worshiping idols. The objective of these Ghazwaat was to pull the people out of serious crisis, which were the outcome of sheer paganism. The objective was to eliminate hatred which had developed on the basis of caste, creed, colour and religion. The objective was to do away with different anti-social groups and establish a society which would make people to respect each other. At last the sacrifices of Muslims bore fruit.
In the beginning it seemed that humanity was asleep since centuries and now it has awaken and walking on the right track. The glare of Islam enlightened the world. Everything was changed. Despite clear differences of caste, creed, colour all Sahaba-e-Karam observed brotherhood. Oppression and atrocities cane to an end. Orphans, widows and poor had a sigh of relief. They knew that there was someone who would come forward for their help at times of their need.
Now the situation has worsened once again. Lust for power, wealth and other worldly commodities has gripped the religious belief. Blood of Muslims from Afghanistan to Iraq is being shed. This is all because of love with Jews, Hindus and Nazarenes and hatred with the Muslims. It was a time when Muslims, particularly the Sahaba-e-Karam had eyed only the message of Milad and not the celebration of Milad. They had not forgotten this message for a single moment and this was the main source of their success and rule over the world.