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Unformatted text preview: and his body shook. He placed his hands behind him and rested on them as he listened to the verses. The Prophet continued to recite until he approached the verse, "If they turn away, then say to them: I warn you of a thunderbolt similar to that which struck `Aad and Thamud." `Utbah was utterly terrified when he heard this warning and threat of punishment. He jumped up and placed his hand on the mouth of the Prophet to prevent him from reciting further. But the Prophet continued to recite until the verse of prostration, after which he prostrated. When he raised his head up from prostration, he gazed at `Utbah and said, "Did you hear that, O `Utbah?" "Yes", replied `Utbah. The Prophet said, "Now, it is up to you." `Utbah left to go back to his companions as they impatiently waited for him. When he approached them they said to each
73 With adversaries 13 other, "I swear by Allah, he has returned with a different complexion!" When he sat with them they asked, "What happened, O Abu al-Walid?" He said, "What happened is that I heard words the like of which I have never heard before. By Allah, they weren't the words of poetry, magic or soothsaying. O people of Quraysh! I request you to heed my advice and grant the man full freedom to pursue his goals, in which case you could safely detach yourselves from him. I swear that his words will one day triumph. O people! I heard him say: `In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. Ha-Meem. A revelation from Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful to his words I warn you of a thunderbolt similar to that which struck `Aad and Thamud.' As he said that, I placed my hand on his mouth, and begged him, in the name of our ties of kinship, to stop! You know very well that when Muhammad says something he doesn't lie. I feared that punishment may descend upon you." Abu al-Walid then remained silent as he reflected, while his companions stared at him. He then said, "By...
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2012 for the course REL 101 taught by Professor Professorsunni during the Spring '12 term at N.C. State.
- Spring '12