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Unformatted text preview: se of this medicine to treat the arrogance he carried. `Urwah said, "Who is this, O Muhammad?" He said, "This is Ibn Abi Quhafah." `Urwah said, "By the One who has my soul in His Hand, had 134 People are like the minerals of the earth 20 it not been for a favour you gave to me and which I never repaid, I would have given you a similar response." `Urwah then began using mild and measured expressions. As he spoke to the Messenger of Allah , he would attempt to stroke his beard. While this was happening, al-Mughirah bin Shu'bah at-Thaqafi stood beside the Prophet with an iron mask covering his face. As `Urwah would bring his hand closer to the Prophet's beard, al-Mughirah would thrust it away with his sword. `Urwah repeated his act and al-Mughirah did the same. When `Urwah reached out for the Prophet's beard for the third time, al-Mughirah said, "Draw back your hand from the face of Allah's Messenger before you lose it!" Meaning, before I cut it off. `Urwah said, "Woe to you! How crude and coarse you are! Who is this, O Muhammad?" The Prophet smiled and said, "He is your nephew, alMughirah bin Shu'bah at-Thaqafi." `Urwah said, "You'd do this, you traitor? It was only yesterday that I washed away your treachery!" `Urwah then left the Prophet and returned to Quraysh and said, "O Quraysh! By Allah, I have met Kisra, Caesar and Negus, but by Allah, I have not seen a king being honoured by his people the way Muhammad is honoured by his Companions." Upon hearing this awestruck man, the Quraysh were left awestruck themselves. They then decided to send Suhayl bin `Amr instead. Suhayl went to the Prophet and when the Prophet saw him he said, "The matter is now easy to resolve." They then wrote the well-known pledge of al-Hudaybiyah.
135 People are like the minerals of the earth 20 This was a demonstration of the Prophet's recognition of different personalities and the correct approach of dealing with each individual based on his personal merit and individuality. The variance in peo...
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