Life and Message of Mohammed – 17

By Hon. Justice P K Shamsuddin on 24-06-2011

Mohammed was full of love and compassion for the people and anxious
to do good to others and guide them in the right path. Though suffering from
all sorts of persecutions from the Meccans, he found peace and tranquility of
conscience in forgiving them. Evidence of his character can be found in the
story of Abd Allah ibn Umm Maktum. Mohammed was seriously engaged in a
conversation with Walid ibn Mughira, one of the leading aristocrats of
Mecca. Maktum came in and asked Mohammed to recite
Quranic verses for him. Preoccupied with the dialogue, Mohammed did not lend
his ears for Maktum. Maktum’s interruption and repeated requests
annoyed Mohammed. However, when his conversation with Al Walid came to an end,
Mohammed was feeling very bad for his treatment to Maktum and began
to criticize himself. Soon the following verses in Quran were revealed to him:
“He frowned and turned away, because there came to him the blind man
(interrupting). Perhaps the blind man has sought to purify himself, to
remember the words of God and to benefit there from. But to him who is
disdainfully indifferent few pay great attention, though you are not
responsible if he should never become purified. But he who came to you
accepting himself and striving in fear and reverence, him you neglect. No no,
the whole matter is a reminder. So let him who so desires be reminded of it.
The Quran is inscribed in honoured sheaths exalted and purified and written in
hands and in virtues.” This was a great warning that Quran conveyed to Mohammed
at the apparent indifference he showed to Maktum, who was a pious blind
old man who had approached him for guidance and advice.  

For three consecutive years the boycotting of Mohammed, his family and
companions continued. During this difficult period, Mohammed and his followers
lived in a hill in Mecca. They suffered all kinds of privations there. They
were totally isolated and often starved. It was not possible for them to mix or
interact with people except during the four holy months, in which any kind of
attacks and aggressions were prohibited, according to their custom. Mohammed
and his companions made use of this opportunity to approach the Meccans and
Arabs to convey his message and call them to the religion of God. These months
were periods of pilgrimage for Arabs. The pilgrims came to know about the
persecution towards Mohammed and his companions. Indeed, this had won for him
their sympathy. Many Meccans also grew annoyed and denounced the pact to isolate
Mohammed and his companions.

One day, after the circumambulation of Kaaba, a gentle man named Abu
Imalya addressed the Meccans. He said, ”Oh people of Mecca, we eat food and
enjoy ourselves, while there are people dying one by one, unable to buy food.”  Thorough
arguments for and against the pact followed and at last the pact which was
hanging on the wall of Kaaba was torn into pieces, bringing an end to the years
long blockade on Mohammed, his family, companions and followers.

About The Author

Hon. Justice P K Shamsuddin

Hon. Justice P K Shamsuddin (High Court of Kerala) is a great Gandhian and a noted humanitarian, who could successfully steer World Fellowship of Inter-religious Councils. His relentless efforts for inter religious harmony was awarded by HH Pope John Paul 2nd and Parliament of World Religions.