Meanwhile, the Muslims in Makkah suffered many tight conditions. They were isolated into a particularly rocky area outside of Makkah (a place where people would not normally live). Additionally, no one was allowed to buy from or sell to them. They were patient, seeking the reward from God. This extremely harsh situation continued for three years. Still, Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, went out to the Ka^bah and bravely called the people to Islam.
Although Abu Talib would not become Muslim, he and other blasphemers among the Prophet’s clan stayed with the Muslims in this valley, suffering from the lack of food as well. It was in Abu Talib’s character to keep his vow of protecting his nephew no matter the circumstance.
As the years passed, the relatives of the Prophet disputed about boycotting the Prophet ﷺ and the people with him. Some were not in favour of the extreme injustice. The blasphemers had posted a proclamation on the Ka^bah concerning the confinement of the Muslims. Our Prophet ﷺ received Revelation that insects had eaten away this proclamation, except for the name of God. Abu Talib informed the people of this Revelation. They checked the parchment and found it eaten away except for God’s name, exactly as the Relevation had said it would be.
At this, they stopped the boycott. The Muslims and the Hashim clan returned to their homes. Our Prophet ﷺ was starting his tenth year of Prophethood. Six months after leaving the confinement, Abu Talib became sick. The Prophet ﷺ came to him. There, he found Abu Jahl and another blasphemer at Abu Talib’s deathbed. While Abu Jahl urged Abu Talib to stick to idolatry, our Prophet ﷺ continued to urge him to embrace Islam. Abu Talib said that he would not leave the religion of his father, ^Abdul-Muttalib, and died as a blasphemer, a person of the Hellfire.
Two months later, the honorable Lady Khadijah also died, at the age of sixty-five. Our Prophet ﷺ felt the sorrow of missing her, although he knew without doubt that all her suffering was over; she would be one of the highest-ranking women of Paradise. She was buried alongside her ancestors in al-Hajun, a mountain in Makkah.
The Prophet ﷺ was left with daughters without their mother with them. After the death of his dear Khadijah, and in the same year, our Prophet ﷺ married Lady Sawdah, an early convert to Islam who had suffered many hardships and was then a widow. Her husband died in al-Habashah (Ethiopia) to where they both had migrated.
Shortly after Lady Khadijah’s death, our Prophet ﷺ saw Angel Gabriel, peace be upon him, in his dream showing him ^A’ishah, the daughter of Abu Bakr and saying, ”This is your wife”. Abu Bakr and his wife, Umm Ruman, were delighted to give their daughter in marriage to the Prophet ﷺ. This wife, ^A’ishah, lived long after our Prophet’s death and helped the Muslim community greatly by continuously relating the sayings she had heard from the Prophet ﷺ until her death about fifty-five (55) years after the Immigration of the Prophet ﷺ.
After the death of his beloved wife Lady Khadijah, in the month of Shawwal, in the tenth year of Prophethood, the Prophet ﷺ went out to Ta’if with Zayd lbn Harithah. Ta’if is about forty miles southeast of Makkah. Our Prophet ﷺ was seeking support from the Thaqif tribe, hoping that they would accept what he brought to them from Allah. There, the Prophet ﷺspoke to some leaders. They showed their disbelief in him. The Prophet ﷺ left them. Then, the people there pelted the Prophet ﷺ with stones until his feet bled. Zayd was protecting the Prophet ﷺfrom the stones, and Zayd’s head got cut open. The Prophet ﷺ went under the shade of a vineyard, while bleeding and in pain. Two sons of Rabi^ah, ^Utbah and Shaybah, saw him and felt compassion for him.
The two brothers called ^Addas, their Christian slave, and ordered him to bring grapes on a platter and offer them to the Prophet. When the Prophet ﷺ started eating, he said ”Bismillah.” ^Addas said, ”People of this area do not say such words.” When the Prophet ﷺasked ^Addas from which land he was, he said that he was from Ninawa. The Prophet ﷺsaid, ”The town of the righteous man, Yunus, the son of Matta?“
^Addas said, ”How do you know about Yunus, the son of Matta?” The Messenger of God ﷺ said, ”He is my brother. He was a Prophet and l am a Prophet.”
^Addas started kissing the head, hands, and feet of the Prophet ﷺ . Then when ^Addas went to the two brothers, they warned him against the Prophet and told him not to change his religion. ^Addas told those boys that there was no one on Earth better than Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.
Al-Bukhariyy and Muslim narrated that the Prophet ﷺ said, ”(During my trip to Ta’if) I called ibn ^Abd Yalil (to Islam) and he did not accept. I left sad and walked until l was in Qarnuth-Tha^alib. I raised my head and saw a cloud shading me. I saw Gabriel in it. He called me saying, ‘God heard the response and rejection of your people to you. He sent you the angel of the mountains to order him with whatever you wish.’ The angel of the mountains saluted the Prophet ﷺ and said, ‘I will do whatever you wish. If you wish for me to close the two mountains on them, I will do it’.The Prophet ﷺ, said, “I hope that God will bring from among their children those who worship God without associating any partners to Him.’‘ The Prophet ﷺ did not wish retaliation. Our Prophet ﷺ was hopeful that some among them would eventually become Muslim.
Our Prophet ﷺ relentlessly spoke about Islam with people of different tribes and gave them the clear proofs of the Qur’an. Among the special distinctions of Muhammad ﷺ the last Messenger, is that he was sent to the humans and the jinn. Jinn are creations who are not human. They live on Earth, some of them being believers in Islam, but most of them are not. The disbelievers among the jinn are the devils. The first devil, Satan, is a jinniyy; he was never an angel or a human. Our Prophet ﷺ was the only prophet sent to the jinn as well as humans. He would go to certain places and teach them. In general, humans cannot see the jinn around them, just as we cannot see the angels around us either.
Four people travelled from Yemen to Makkah, not knowing about our Prophet and his call. One night, before reaching Makkah, one of them could not sleep. He heard a voice, without seeing a body. The voice said, ”O you traveling people, when you arrive to the Ka^bah and Zamzam, give our salutation to Muhammad and tell him, ‘we are your followers,’ as Jesus, peace be upon him, the son of Mary, told us to do”. This [Muslim] jinniyy had been alive during the time of Jesus and had heard Jesus, peace be upon him, teaching about the last Prophet to come, named Muhammad ﷺ. When Muhammad ﷺ proclaimed Prophethood and the jinniyy found out, this same jinniyy knew to follow our Prophet, as he had followed Jesus before. This jinniyy had heard Prophet Jesus, peace be upon him, although Prophet Jesus, peace be upon him, was not ordered to call the jinn specifically.
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, is the last Prophet born, and is the Prophet with the highest rank. All the other prophets loved and respected Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. All the other prophets told their people about his coming. They said, ”lf you live to his days, follow him”.