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Unformatted text preview: you think that you are better than them, then speak so we may hear you say it." Before the Prophet could respond, `Utbah lashed out in rage, "By Allah, we have seen no other man who has brought such great a calamity to a nation as you have done. You have disunited us, split our ranks, insulted our religion, and brought disgrace to us as everyone is now saying that Quraysh have a magician! There is nothing left to wait for except the moment when we brandish our swords and begin to kill each other." `Utbah was displaying his anger as the Prophet listened silently, sitting well composed. `Utbah then decided to bargain with the Prophet , so he said, "If you are doing all this with a view to gaining wealth, then we will join together to give you greater riches than any person from Quraysh has possessed. If ambition moves you, we will make you our chief. If you desire kingship we will readily offer you that. If you are under the power of an evil spirit which seems to haunt and dominate you so that you cannot shake off its yoke, then we shall call in skilful physicians to cure you." `Utbah continued to speak in this unworthy manner with the Prophet , trying to bargain with him, whilst the Prophet remained silent and calm. After `Utbah had made the offer of leadership, wealth, women and even treatment for insanity, he fell silent, waiting for a response. The Prophet raised his gaze to him and said, "Have you finished, O Abu al-Walid?" `Utbah was not surprised at the manners of the Prophet ,
72 With adversaries 13 and simply replied, "Yes." The Prophet said, "Now listen to me." "Alright", said `Utbah. The Prophet then recited the verses, "In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. Ha-Meem.A revelation from Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.A Book whereof the verses are explained in detail; -- a Qur'an in Arabic for people who know. Giving glad tidings and warning, but most of them turn away, so they listen not." The Prophet continued to recite the verse as `Utbah listened. Suddenly, `Utbah sat on the ground...
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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.
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