The disbelievers wanted to kill the Prophet, but the Bani Hashim, the people of his clan, decided to protect him, as allowing this would be an insult to their honour. That is, all of them except Abu Lahab, the Prophet’s uncle! The Qurayshi leaders gathered again to devise a cunning plan.
Abu Jahal: So the Banu Hashim have decided to protect him and prevent us from getting rid of him. In that case, let’s take revenge against them, and hit them all hard with a boycott, Muslim or not.
Abu Lahab: Yes… let them die of starvation. No one will buy from them, nor sell to them, and no one should marry them. Each clan must break ties with them. Continue reading
This miracle occurred on the twenty seventh night of Rajab, when God sent Jibreel to the Prophet with al-Buraq, a very swift riding beast. The Prophet mounted al-Buraq and rode on it to al-Aqsa in Jerusalem in a matter of a few moments. When he reached there, the other prophets prayed in congregation behind him. Then he ascended to the seventh heaven where he entered the divine company of his Lord. God made the five daily prayers obligatory upon the Muslims during this great journey, which came to be known as the Isra’ and Mi’raj.
Jibreel informed Muhammad about the disbelievers’ plan to kill him. God made the murderers fall asleep and the Prophet passed by them, taking a handful of dust and scattering it over their faces while reciting Surah Yasin, “And [We] set barriers before and behind them, blocking their vision: they cannot see.” The disbelievers were drowned in sleep by God’s will, and the Prophet broke through their barrier, leaving Mecca with his friend, Abu Bakr, leaving ‘Ali in his place so that he could return the goods which a Meccan trader had left with Muhammad for safekeeping. Despite all of the animosity they directed towards him, the disbelievers still trusted the Prophet and left their valuables with him.