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[Sermons Series] Prophet’s First Khutbah in Makkah – Calling People to Islam

The Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam started the speech by praising Alláh and thanking Him then said,

“Verily, Ar-Raid (one whom his people send to search for water and grass) does not lie to his people. By Alláh! Even if I lied to all people, 1 would never lie to you, and if I deceived all people, I would never deceive you. By Allah, other than Whom there is no deity worthy of worship, I am Allah’s Messenger to you in particular and to all people in general. By Allah! you will die just as easy as you sleep, and you will be resurrected just as easy as you wake up from sleep. You will be recompensed on account of what you do, earning good for good and evil for evil. Verily, it is either Paradise for eternity or the Fire for eternity.”

This speech from the Prophet included announcing his Prophethood and calling his people to Islam, after Alláh the Exalted and Most Honored, revealed these ayaat:

وَقُلْ إِنِّى أَنَا النَّذِيرُ الْمُبِينُ

“And say (O Muhammad), ‘I am indeed a plain warner.” (15:89)

فَاصْدَعْ بِمَا تُؤْمَرُ وَأَعْرِضْ عَنِ الْمُشْرِكِينَ

“Therefore proclaim openly (Alláh’s Message – Islámic Monotheism) that which you are commanded, and turn away from Mushrikeen (polytheists, idolaters, and disbelievers).” (15:94)

And:

وَأَنذِرْ عَشِيرَتَكَ الاٌّقْرَبِينَ – وَاخْفِضْ جَنَاحَكَ لِمَنِ اتَّبَعَكَ مِنَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ

“And warn your tribe (O Muhammad of near kindred. And be kind and humble to the believers who follow you.” (26:214-215)

This is when the Prophet mounted the Safa Mount (in Makkah) and declared with the loudest voice, Wa-sabahah, which is a cry the Arabs used to herald when an imminent danger is about to encompass their people or tribe. He started heralding next, “O Bani Fihr! O Bani ‘Adi! O Bani Ka’b!’ mentioning the sub-tribes of Quraish by name. When they gathered, he said to them:

“What if I told you that there are horsemen in the valley about to attack you, would you believe me?” They said, “Yes, we only experienced truth from you.” The Prophet said, “Then I am a Warner for you of the coming of a severe Torment.”

Abu Lahab (the Prophet’s uncle) said, “Perish you O Muhammnad! Is this why you gathered us here?”

Then the Divine Inspiration came:

تَبَّتْ يَدَآ أَبِى لَهَبٍ وَتَبَّ

“Perish the hands of Abu Lahab! And perish he!” (111:1)

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