As the enmity of persecutors increased, so did the number of the Prophets followers (May Allah be pleased with them). The Quraysh were baffled at how to stop the people from taking the Prophet peace be upon him and his teachings seriously; at how to make them hold aloof to him and thus finally disregard him. Mecca was a commercial center frequented by tribes people from far and near and during the Hajj, or when it is about to draw near, a plethora of them were to come again.
Any new movement or cause that emerges for the first time in a society will be considered strange and unfamiliar and will be met with skepticism, apprehensiveness, and doubt and in most cases will be met with opposition, rejection and disapproval. The wider the gap between the society and its beliefs, customs and laws and the ideals of the new movement, the greater the conflict and aversion between the two.
The way leading to Allah and Islam was crammed with grave danger and anyone who wanted to walk the lane had to be prepared to play with fire. Mecca had become so unsafe and vulnerable for the Muslims that acceptance of Islam meant taking ones life in ones hand.
The story of Abu Dharr Ghifaris (radiallahu 'anhu) conversion to Islam as told by Abdullah Ibn Abbas (radiallahu 'anhu) shows how perilous it had become even to call upon the Prophet (peace be upon him) in those days.
By Living Shari`ah staff
Sure, Islam isn’t racist; almost any Muslim will tell you that. But Islam’s very strong stance against racism and prejudice wasn’t just demonstrated in words and principles: [O Mankind, We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other. Verily the most honored of you in the sight of God is he who is the most righteous of you] (Al-Hujurat:13). It was also evident in the Prophet’s establishment of the mu’akhah (brotherhood) system.
If Prophet Muhammad visited you
Just for a day or two,
If he came unexpectedly,
I wonder what you would do?
Oh I know you would give your nicest room,
To such an honored guest,
And you would serve him your very best.
You would be the very best,
Cause you're glad to have him there,
That serving him in your home
Would be a joy without compare.
But...when you see him coming,
Would you meet him at the door
With your arms outstretched in welcome,
To your visitor?
By IOL Islamic Researchers
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was a perfect teacher and instructor. As wonderful people like Abu Bakr and `Umar (may Allah be pleased with them both) were all his students, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) enjoyed brilliant teaching methods.
The death of Abu Talib signaled the beginning of a difficult period for the Prophet (radiallahu 'anhu). None of the Qurayshites dared touch the Prophet (peace be upon him) during the lifetime of Abu Talib, but now the restraint was gone. In one instance, dust was thrown over his head. And to make matters far worse, the Quraysh, moved by the desire to impose themselves upon the Prophet (radiallahu 'anhu), insulted and mocked at him and made caustic remarks on Islam.
It was during this period that the Prophet (peace be upon him) found himself transported at night to the Ka'bah and from there to the place of Solomons Temple in Jerusalem, where Masjid-ul-Aqsa now stands. Then he was borne to the celestial regions where he witnessed the seven heavens, met the prophets of yore and saw the remarkable signs of divine majesty about which the Quran says:
The eye turned not aside nor yet was overbold, verily he saw one of the greater revelations of his Lord.
Apart from the great honor to be bestowed upon the people of Madinah and such other reasons accessible only to the All-knowing God, one of the considerations in the selection of the town as the future center of Islam was that it was, from a strategic point of view brought about by its geography and defense, impregnable like a fortified city. No other town of the Arabian Peninsula enjoyed the same advantage.