Suhaib Ibn Sinan Endures Persecution

Kaleef K. Karim The following is a report on the Sahabi (companion) of the Prophet Muhammed (p), Suhaib Ibn Sinan who was persecuted by the idolaters in Makkah after his conversion to Islam. Kitab al-Tabaqat al-Kabir – Ibn Sa’d (784 – 845 AD) reports: “Umar Ibn Hakam relates ‘The polytheists of Makkah would torment Ammar,… Read More ›

Abu Bakr And Talha Ibn Ubaydullah Tied Together

Early Muslim converts to Islam were treated harshly by the polytheists. Their crime? Believing that there is One God,  and that Muhammed is His Messenger. Some of the ordeals early Muslims faced were very harsh, at times the early converts were murdered for holding on to their new beliefs. Among those who were mistreated is… Read More ›

Abu Jahl’s Attempt To Assassinate The Prophet Muhammed

The Quraysh polytheists sent for Prophet Muhammed (p), threatening to destroy him (and trying to bribe the Prophet with money, wealth and make him King, in order to stop him from preaching Monotheism) and at the same time when he refused one of their leaders, Abu Jahl went out the next morning attempted to smash… Read More ›

Khabbab Ibn Al-Aratt’s Life In Makkah: Conversion And Persecution

This is a continuation of a series of articles in regards to the lives of the early Muslims in Makkah. In this article we look at Khabbab Ibn al-Aratt’s early life in Makkah and how he was treated by the Quraysh idolaters as a result of his conversion to Islam. Khabbab relates a number of… Read More ›

Quraysh Polytheists Beat Abdullah Ibn Masud For Reciting The Quran

The early companions of Muhammed (p) faced all sorts of persecution. The companion of Prophet Muhammed (p), Abdullah Ibn Masud was beaten up by Quraysh for merely reciting a verse from the Quran. Below are some of the earliest sources which mention the incident(s) where Abdullah Ibn Masud was attacked and beaten up for reciting… Read More ›

“Do Not Weaken And Call For Peace While You Are Superior…” – Surah 47:31 – 35

Background These verses were revealed in relation to the battle of Badr (Tanwir al-Miqbas min Tafsir Ibn Abbas). The battle took place as a consequence of the Quraysh’s constant hostility and aggression. Soon as the Muslims fled persecution and found safe haven in Madinah, the Quraysh were once again on to the Muslims. They demanded… Read More ›

“Those Who Emigrated For The Cause Of Allah And Then Were Killed…” – Surah 22:58

Analysing Verses 22:58 And those who emigrated for the cause of Allah and then were killed or died – Allah will surely provide for them a good provision. And indeed, it is Allah who is the best of providers. 22:60 That [is so]. And whoever responds [to injustice] with the equivalent of that with which… Read More ›

“Fight Those Disbelievers Who Are Near You…” – Surah 9:123

Background This verse was one of the last verses revealed. It refers to the expedition of Tabuk (Ibn Juzayy, Ibn Kathir, Tabari, al-Zamakhshari, and Ma’riful Quran by Mufti Shafi’i). For further information why the expedition of Tabuk took place, please read the following article: “Answering Jihad: ‘Fight Against Those Who Do Not Believe’ – Quran… Read More ›

“Fight With Them Until There Is No More Fitna [Disbelief]…?” – Quran 8:39

Background This verse (Q. 8:39) was revealed concerning the battle of Badr (624 AD). Analysing Verse Some claim that Islam is to dominate, and conduct holy war, on people of other religions until they accept Islam. Yet, the Quran clearly states that there is to be no compulsion in religion. Everyone has a free choice… Read More ›

‘Kill Them… Fitna (Disbelief) Is Worse Than Killing’? – Quran 2: 191 – 194

Background These verses were revealed at the treaty of Hudaybiyah, or just after it (Asbab Al-Nuzul by Al-Wahidi, Tafsir Jalalayn and Tafsir Ibn Kathir). Analysing Verses As noted from our previous article, we showed from Muslim and non-Muslim scholars that the verse was revealed at a time when the Muslims were being persecuted by the… Read More ›