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Unformatted text preview: th. They asked the Prophet about ar-Rabbah, as to what he would like to be done to it. He replied without hesitation, "Destroyed ..." They were terrified and said, "Impossible! If she knew that you wanted to destroy it, she would annihilate everyone!" `Umar, who was present in the gathering, was amazed at their fear of the idol being destroyed. He said, "Woe be to you, O Thaqif! How ignorant you are! Ar-Rabbah is just a stone that neither can benefit nor harm!" They became angry and said, "We have not come to speak to you, O Ibn al-Khattab!" `Umar became silent. They then said, "We want to stipulate a condition that you leave at-Taghiya alone for three years, after which you may destroy it if you wish." The Prophet realised that they were attempting to ne- 454 Steadiness on principles 70 gotiate on an issue of creed, which is the greatest principle in a Muslim's life, since the oneness of Allah is the very foundation of Islam! However, if they really were about to become Muslims, then why the need to remain attached to this idol? The Prophet replied, "No." They said, "OK, then leave it for two years, and then you can destroy it." "No," he s replied. They said, "OK, then leave it for a year only!" "No", he replied. When they realised that he would not respond to their wishes, they also realised that the issue was that of polytheism and faith, and therefore not open to bargaining! They said, "O Messenger of Allah, you be the one to destroy it. We can never destroy it ourselves." The Prophet said, "I will send someone to you who will spare you from having to destroy it." They said, "As for the prayer, then we do not want to pray, since we have a disdain for a man's bottom being higher than his head!" The Prophet replied, "As for destroying your idols by your own hands, then we have absolved you from that, but as for the prayer, then there is no good in a religion...
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