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Unformatted text preview: long with weak Muslims for three years in the valley of Bani `Amir, until they were compelled to eat the leaves of trees due to severe hunger? They had not felt feel any pity for a crying child, nor a groaning old man, nor a pregnant or breastfeeding woman! What about their wars against him at Badr and Uhud? What about their alliances against him at Khadaq? Yet, today, he was their honourable brother? What about them preventing him from Makkah to perform `Umrah when he had come to them just a few years ago to do so? They had left him in al-Hudaybiyah and prevented him from entering Makkah! What about them preventing his uncle Abu Talib from embracing Islam when he was on his deathbed? There was probably a very long list of painful memories going through his mind as he looked at the faces of the disbelievers from Quraysh, as his sight fell on the roads of Makkah, and as he gazed upon the mountains surrounding the Haram. He was not 465 Forgiving others 72 alone, for the same memories were probably also going through the minds of Abu Bakr, `Umar, `Uthman, Ali and Bilal. Each of them had gone through a terrible ordeal at the hands of Quraysh. The Prophet was able to punish them with the most severe forms of punishments as they were enemy combatants, transgressors and violators of treaties.They had violated the treaty of Hudaybiyah and transgressed. They were criminals in shock, not knowing what would happen to them. However, the Prophet crushed all grudges, rose with his noble determination, and said the words that would be remembered throughout history: "Go, for you are free!" They left in joy, as if their feet were about to fly in the air due to their delight. They wondered, "Did he really pardon us?" He then turned to look around the Ka'bah and noticed three hundred and sixty idols that were worshiped besides Allah, right next to Allah's house! The Prophet began to strike them with his hand and make them collapse as he said, "The truth has arrived and falsehood has vanished! The truth has arrived! Falsehood neither c...
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