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Unformatted text preview: id, "Has your Lord informed you of this?" "Yes", the Prophet replied. He said, "By Allah, before anyone comes to you, I will inform the Quraysh of this." He then left to see the Quraysh and said to them, "O Quraysh! My nephew has informed me of such and such. Bring your declaration document! If what he said truly happened then you should end the boycott and abandon the declaration. If he has lied then I would leave my nephew to you and you can do what you wish with him!" The people said, "We are content with this," and agreed to abide by the suggestion. They then looked at the declaration to find it exactly how the Messenger of Allah had described it. But they only increased in evil. Banu Hashim and Banu al-Muttalib therefore remained in the valley, until they were about to perish.
311 Untie the bundle 44 Amongst the disbelievers of Quraysh there were some kind men. One of them was Hisham bin `Amr. He was a noble man amongst his people. He used to load food on his camel and come to Banu Hashim and Banu al-Muttalib in the valley at night.When he approached the entrance of the valley, he would untie the halter of his camel and strike it on the side until it entered the valley. As days went by, Hisham realised that he was unable to provide them with food every night any longer, especially when there were so many of them. He therefore decided to try to reverse the oppressive declaration. But how could he, when the Quraysh had unanimously agreed to it? He decided to adopt the `untie the bundle' method. What did he do? He went to Zuhayr bin Abi Umayyah, whose mother was `Atika bint `Abd al-Muttalib, and said, "O Zuhayr, are you pleased that you are able to eat food, wear clothes and marry women, whilst your maternal uncles are in a state you are aware of? They cannot be traded with nor be married into? I swear by Allah, if they were the maternal uncles of Abul-Hakam bin Hisham..." i.e. Abu Jahl, who was the most severe i...
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