Land of Light (134)
Welcome to Land of Light, the weekly programme that enlightens our minds and souls with the light of Islam, as we recount to you glimpses from the radiant life of the Almighty’s Last and Greatest Messenger to all mankind, Prophet Mohammad (Blessings of God upon him and his progeny).
As a reminder, last week we presented you the peaceful surrender of Mecca in 8 AH to the Prophet and the smashing of the idols in and around the first edifice of monotheism that Adam had built at the dawn of human history and which Prophet Abraham had rebuilt along with his son Prophet Ishmael, millennia later. Surah an-Nasr or the 110th Surah of the holy Qur’an has hailed this remarkable victory when multitudes of Meccans gave up idolatry and entered the fold of Islam, as the Prophet went about smashing the 360 idols the pagan Arabs had installed there. The Prophet was heard reciting ayah 81 of Surah al-Israa’ which reads: “And say, ‘The truth has come, and falsehood has vanished. Indeed falsehood is bound to vanish.’”
The chief idol atop the roof of the Ka’ba was smashed down by Imam Ali (AS), whom the Prophet lifted on his shoulders, and thus showed to everybody among the huge gathering of Muslims of Mecca and Medina, the outstanding merits of his dearest cousin, son-in-law, and divinely-designated vicegerent. The Prophet declared general amnesty for all, but some of the chiefs of the Quraish fled from Mecca in apprehension of what they wrongly feared vengeance from the Prophet. Today we are going to relate to you the account of one such person. Stay with us.