Reading the Koran. 63

This is another excerpt from Bill Warner’s book Abridged Koran where the verses of Koran are arranged in their chronological order and provided with facts from prophet Muhammad’s life, giving context for them.

CHAPTER 5 STRUGGLES (ending)

MOHAMMED’S PROTECTOR AND WIFE BOTH DIE

Mohammed’s protector was his uncle, Abu Talib. When Abu Talib fell ill, some of the leaders of the Quraysh came to his bedside. They said to him, “You are one of our leaders and are near dying. Why don’t you call Mohammed and let’s see if we can’t work out some solution to the pain and division in our tribe? Why doesn’t he leave us alone, not bother us and we will not bother him? We will have our religion and he can have his.”

So Abu Talib called Mohammed to his side. “Nephew, these men have come so that you can give them something and they can give you something.” Mohammed said, “If they will give me one word, they can rule the Persians and the Arabs. And they must accept Allah as their Lord and renounce their gods.”

The Quraysh said, “He will give us no agreement. Let Allah judge between us.” And they left.

Mohammed turned his attention to his dying uncle. He asked him to become a Muslim and then Mohammed could intercede for him on judgment day. His uncle told him, “The Quraysh would say that I only accept Islam because I fear death. But I should say it just to give you pleasure.”

He drifted off, but as he died, his lips moved. His brother put his head close to Abu Talib and listened. He then said, “Nephew, my brother said what you wished him to say.” Mohammed’s reply was, “I did not hear him.” Mohammed left.

Abu Talib had taken the orphan Mohammed into his home and raised him. He took Mohammed on caravan trading missions to Syria and taught him how to be a businessman. Abu Talib was the clan chief who protected Mohammed’s life when the rest of Mecca wanted to harm him. Abu Talib was Mohammed’s life and security, but he was damned to Hell, he was not a Muslim and no amount of friendship could prevent that. After Abu Talib’s death, the pressure on Mohammed was greater. It reached the point where one of the Quraysh threw dust at Mohammed. This was the worst that happened.

The death of his wife had no political effect, but it was a blow to Mohammed. His wife was his chief confidant, and she consoled him.

About three months after the death of Khadija Mohammed married Sauda, a widow and a Muslim.

Abu Bakr had a daughter, Aisha, who was six years old. Soon after marrying Sauda Mohammed was betrothed to Aisha, who was to become his favorite wife. The consummation would not take place until she turned nine.

Aisha reported Mohammed having said: I saw you in a dream for three nights when an angel brought you to me in a silk cloth and he said: Here is your wife, and when I removed (the cloth) from your face, lo, it was yourself, so I said: If this is from Allah, let Him carry it out.

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