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The Sealed Nectar

 The Sealed Nectar by Shaykh Safi ur-Rahman



One day Utbah bin Rabia, a chief among the Makkan Quraishi leaders was selected to offer some incentives to Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him in order to give up his new religion. He went to the Prophet peace be upon him and said, We have seen no other person who has brought a calamity to our nation as you have done. You have ridiculed our gods and our religion and denounced our forefathers and wise men with impiety and error. You have created strife among us, and estranged our relations. If you are doing all these things to gain wealth, we will collect and give you the greatest riches than any Quraishi ever possessed. If your ambition is for leadership, we will make you our king. If you are under the power of an evil spirit, we will call the best physician to cure you. We will do all these if you agree to stop proclaiming your new faith Have you said all? asked Muhammad peace be upon him and then hearing that all had been said, he spoke forth, and said:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. Ha-Mim. A revelation from Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. A Book whereof the verses are explained in detail - a Quran in Arabic for people who know. Giving glad tidings {of Paradise to the one who believes in the Oneness of Allah (i.e. Islamic Monotheism) and fears Allah much (performing all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained)}, and warning (of punishment in the Hell-fire to the one who disbelieves in the Oneness of Allah), but most of them turn away, so they listen not. And they say, our hearts are under coverings (screened) from that to which you invite us


[Qur'an 41: 1-5]


The Messenger of Allah peace be upon him went on reciting the Chapter while Utbah sat listening attentively with his hand behind his back to support him. The Messenger reached the verse that required prostration and prostrated. After that, he turned to Utbah saying: Well Abu Al-Waleed! You have heard my reply, you are now free to do whatever you please. Utbah then returned to his company to apprise them of the Prophets attitude. When his compatriots saw him, they swore that he had returned to them with a countenance unlike the one he had before meeting the Prophet peace be upon him. He related to them the details of the talk he had and the reply he received, and added: I have never heard words similar to those he recited. They definitely relate neither to poetry nor to witchcraft nor are they derived from soothsaying. O people of Quraish! I request you to heed my advice and grant the man full freedom to pursue his goals, in which case you could safely detach yourselves from him. I swear that his words bear a supreme Message. Should the other Arabs rid you of him, they will then spare you the trouble. On the other hand if he ascends to power over the Arabs, then you will bask in his kingship and share with him in his might. These words of course fell on deaf ears and did not appeal to the infidels, who jeered at Utbah and claimed that the Prophet peace be upon him had bewitched him.




The proclamation of the call to Islam had only been a few months old when the season of pilgrimage was soon to come. The Quraish knew that Arab delegates were coming within a short time. They agreed that it was necessary to device a plan that was bound to keep the Arab pilgrims away from the new faith preached by Muhammad peace be upon him. They went to see Al-Waleed bin Al-Mugheerah to discuss this issue who suggested that agree on a resolution that could enjoy the approval of all of them. However, they were at variance. Some suggested that they describe Muhammad peace be upon him as a soothsayer; but this suggestion was turned down on the grounds that his words were not so rhymed. Others proposed Majnun, i.e., possessed by jinn; this was also rejected because no insinuations peculiar to that state of mind were detected, they claimed. Why not say he is a poet? Some said. Here again they could not reach a common stand, alleging that his words were totally outside poetry. OK. Then let us accuse him of practicing witchcraft, was a fourth suggestion. Here also Al-Waleed showed some reluctance saying that the Prophet peace be upon him was known to have never involved himself in the practice of blowing on the knots and admitted that his speech was like a sweet tasting root and branch. He however, found that the most plausible charge to be leveled against Muhammad peace be upon him was witchcraft. The ungodly company agreed to propagate one uniform formula projecting that Muhammad peace be upon him was a magician so powerful and commanding in his art that he would successfully alienate sons from fathers, brothers from brothers, wife from her husband and man from his clan. It is noteworthy in this regard to say that Allah revealed sixteen verses as regards Al-Waleed and the cunning method he devised to misguide the people expected to arrive in Makkah for pilgrimage. Allah says:


Verily, he thought and plotted. So let him be cursed. How he plotted, and once more let him be cursed, how he plotted. Then he thought, then he frowned and he looked in a bad tempered way. Then he turned back and was proud. Then he said, This is nothing but magic from that of old; this is nothing but the word of human being.


[Qur'an 74:18-25]




In Ramadan of the same year, the Prophet peace be upon him went into the Holy Sanctuary where there was a large host of Quraish polytheists, including some notables and celebrities. Suddenly he began reciting Sura An-Najm (Chapter 41 The Star). The awe-inspiring Words of Allah descended upon them and immediately stunned them. It was the first time for them to be shocked by the truthful revelation. It had formerly been the favorite trick of those people who wished to dishonor revelation, not only not to listen to it, but also to talk loudly and insolently when it was being read, so that even the other listeners may not be able to hear it. They used to think that they were drowning the voice of Allah; in fact, they were piling up misery for themselves, for Allahs Voice can never be silenced.


And those who disbelieve say, listen not to this Quran, and make noise in the midst of its (recitation) that you may overcome. Chapter 41: verse 26. When the fascinating Words of Allah came into direct contact with their hearts, they were bewitched and oblivious to the material world around them and were caught in a state of full consciousness to the Divine Words. The Prophet reached the last verse of the sura So fall you down in prostration to Allah and worship Him (Alone)


[Qur'an 53:62]


And went into prostration with the rest of the believers. The idolaters unconsciously and with full compliance with the command of Allah, prostrated themselves in absolute submission. It was in fact the wonderful moment of the truth that penetrated through the hardened souls of the haughty. They were stunned when they realized that Allahs Words had conquered their hearts and made them to do the very thing that they had been trying hard to destroy and exterminate. Their co-polytheists who had not been present on the scene reproached and blamed them severely.