Conference of disbelievers

When the disbelievers of Makkah noticed that the Holy Nabi صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم and Muslims had supporters not only in Makkah but also in Madinah, they feared that Muhammad صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم might also go to Madinah and return along with his troops to invade Makkah. Therefore, in order to avoid this danger, the disbelievers of Makkah called a conference in the chamber which was attended by each and every thinker and influential person of Makkah. In particular, Abu Sufyan, Abu Jahl, ‘Utbah, Jubayr Bin Mut’im, Nadr Bin Haaris, Abul Bakhtari, Zam’ah Bin Aswad, Hakeem Bin Hizaam, Umayyah Bin Khalaf, etc. and all other leaders of the Quraysh attended the conference. The cursed Satan, disguised as an old man wearing a blanket, also reached the chamber. The leaders of the Quraysh asked him about his name and family background, so he replied, ‘I am a Shaykh from Najd. I have come to attend the conference so that I will also give my opinion about this matter of yours.’ Listening to it, the leaders of the Quraysh allowed Satan to attend the conference. During the conference, Abul Bakhtari suggested, ‘Detain him in a prison cell with his hands and legs tied and give him food and drink through an opening.’ The Shaykh from Najd (i.e. Satan) commented, ‘It’s not a good suggestion. By God! If you detain him in some house, this news will certainly leak out; and his loyal devotees, when informed about it, will get him released even by sacrificing their lives.’

Abul Aswad Rabee’ah Bin ‘Amr ‘Aamiri suggested: ‘Exile1 him from Makkah so that heصَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم will go to any other city. In this way, we will get rid of him reciting the Quran and preaching Islam.’ Listening to it, the Shaykh from Najd turned annoyed and said, ‘Curse be upon this suggestion of yours! Don’t you know how excellent, inspiring, impressive and effective his preaching is? By God! If you exile him, he will visit the entire Arabia, preaching people about Islam by reciting the Quran. All the tribes will become obedient to him. He will then attack you with a huge army and you will not be able to fight against him. Left with no other option, you will become his slaves. Hence, do not even think of exiling him.’

Abu Jahl said, ‘Friends! I have come up with an idea which has not yet occurred to anyone else.’ All of them became attentive and asked him curiously, ‘What is your opinion?’ He continued, ‘I am of the opinion that one famous and brave man be chosen from each and every tribe. Together all of them will attack Muhammad ( صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم ) with their swords, killing him. In this way, responsibility for murder will be on the shoulders of all the tribes. Obviously, the Banu Haashim will not be able to fight against all the tribes in revenge for the murder. Hence, they will certainly accept blood money which will be paid by all of us jointly and easily.’

Listening to this cruel suggestion of Abu Jahl, the Shaykh from Najd leaped with joy and said, ‘It is indeed a perfect suggestion. No other suggestion can be acceptable.’ Therefore, all the attendees of the conference unanimously approved of it, bringing the conference to an end. Having made this decision, all of them returned to their homes. Mentioning it, Almighty Allah said in the following Ayah of the Holy Quran:

وَ اِذْ یَمْكُرُ بِكَ الَّذِیْنَ كَفَرُوْا لِیُثْبِتُوْكَ اَوْ یَقْتُلُوْكَ اَوْ یُخْرِجُوْكَؕ-وَ یَمْكُرُوْنَ وَ یَمْكُرُ اللّٰهُؕ-وَ اللّٰهُ خَیْرُ الْمٰكِرِیْنَ(۳۰)

And remember O Beloved, when the disbelievers were scheming against you to either imprison you, or to assassinate you or to banish you; and they were scheming with their technique, and Allah was making His secret plan; and the secret plan of Allah is the best.

[Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)] (Part 9, Surah Al-Anfaal, Ayah 30)

What was the Hidden Plan of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ? Read on and see how All-Powerful Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ protected His Beloved Rasool صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم , turning the conspiracy of disbelievers into complete failure.

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