Episode 3-1 The Story of Mecca, the House of God

The Story of Mecca, the House of God

Mecca is an old, old place. In it, stands the Kaaba, the House of God built by Ibrahim and his son Ismail, may Allah’s peace be upon them. Pilgrims used to flock to Mecca from all over Arabia to visit the Kaaba. But with the passage of time, people forgot that the purpose of going there was to worship God and they started to worship idols. At one time, there were as many as three hundred and sixty idols and statues in and around the Kaaba.

Mecca was a mercantile city, that is, a city of merchants. The aristocrats of Quraysh were businessmen, who traded north and south, winter and summer. Their caravans were always on the move. In the winter they headed to Yemen in the south; in the summer to Damascus in the north.

Continue reading

Episode 3-2 Revelation: the Call of Heaven and Nabi Muhammad

Revelation: the Call of Heaven and Nabi Muhammad

The Prophet used to frequent the cave of Hira’. This was a cave in Mount Nour, near Mecca. He would spend the month of Ramadan there, and would help the needy and the poor if they came his way. In the blessed solitude of the cave, the prophet would meditate and reflect on all that surrounded him on Earth, on the universe, and on the might and power that had created all of it. And then– in that cave, one Ramadhan night, came the call!

It happened all of a sudden. The Angel Jibril came to the Prophet. He was startled. The Angel approached swiftly, and seized him in a tight embrace!

“I cannot read” was the answer of the Prophet. Continue reading