This is another excerpt from Bill Warner’s book Mohammed and the Unbelievers, which is an abridged version of Ibn Ishaq’s Sira. It skips poetry, avoids too many foreign names, and uses a modern language.
CHAPTER 4 PUBLIC PREACHING
4:14 But those who disobey Allah and His Messenger and go beyond His limits will be led into the Fire to live forever, and it will be a humiliating torment!
I166 Since the word was out, Mohammed began to openly preach his new doctrine. He had kept private for three years before going public.
15: 92 By your Lord, We will certainly call them to account for all their deeds, so openly proclaim what you are commanded, and turn away from the polytheists.
15:95 Surely, We will defend you against those who scoff, who set up other gods with Allah.
26:213 Do not call upon any god but Allah, or you will be doomed. Rather, warn your close relatives, and be kind to the believers who follow you. If they disobey you, say, “I will not be responsible for your actions
15:8 We do not send the angels without good reason. If We did, the Kafirs would still not understand. Surely, We have sent down the message, and surely, We will guard it.
Those who listened to Mohammed’s message and joined him were called Muslims, which meant “those who have submitted.”
I166 Mohammed called together about forty of his kinsmen. He addressed them, “I know of no Arab who has come to his people with a nobler message than mine. I have brought you the best in this world and the next. Allah has ordered me to call you to him. So which of you will cooperate with me in this matter?” Mohammed’s nephew, Ali, fat in the belly and thin in the legs, with watery eyes, said, “Prophet of Allah, I will be your helper in this matter.” Mohammed laid his hand on Ali’s back and said, “This is my brother, my successor, and my executor among you. Hearken to him and obey him.” The Quraysh laughed, got up, and said to Abu Talib, Mohammed’s uncle, “He has ordered you to listen to your son and obey him.” The Quraysh left.
I166 The Muslims went to the edge of Mecca in order to be alone to pray. One day a bunch of the Quraysh came upon them and began to mock them, and a fight started. One of the Muslims by the name of Sa’d picked up the jaw bone of a camel and struck one of the Quraysh with it and bloodied him. This violence was the first blood to be shed in Islam.