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Unformatted text preview: uestions in public. A person, no matter how much he loves you, will always remain a human being who will be happy at times and angry at others. When the Prophet was on his way back to Madinah from Tabuk, there came to him in that same month `Urwah bin Mas'ud al-Thaqafi. He was a well respected leader and of a noble status among his tribe of Thaqaf. He met with the Prophet before he reached Madinah and embraced Islam. He suggested to the Prophet that he should go back to his people and call them to Islam. The Prophet feared for his wellbeing and said, "They will fight you." The Prophet knew that the Thaqaf tribe was zealously averse to Islam and extremely stern in their dealings, even with their leaders. `Urwah replied, "O Messenger of Allah, I am more beloved 397 The red lines 59 to them than their virgin daughters." He was, indeed very much beloved and obeyed by his people. He went to his people to call them to Islam, hoping that they would not disobey him due to his noble status amongst them. Upon reaching his people's dwellings, he climbed up an elevated place and called out to them until they all gathered. He called them to Islam and openly declared that he was a Muslim. He began to repeat, "I bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship except Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah." When the people heard this from him, they screamed and became angry about being called to abandon their gods. They shot at him with arrows from all directions until he fell down. Thereupon his nephews came to him as he was breathing his last and said, "O `Urwah! What do you say regarding the spilling of your blood?" Meaning; shall we avenge your blood by killing those who killed you? He replied, "This is an honour Allah has bestowed unto me. This is my martyrdom which Allah has brought to me. My case is like the that of the martyrs who were killed in the company of the Messenger of Allah . So do not kill...
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