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A Disbeliever’s Reaction to the Qur’an

May 29, 2009

Bismillah

Al-Waleed ibn Mugheerah, a staunch disbeliever amongst the Quraysh of Makkah, once came upon the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam and asked him to recite the Qur’an for him. The Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam recited the ayah:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ وَالْإِحْسَانِ وَإِيتَاءِ ذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ وَيَنْهَىٰ عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنكَرِ وَالْبَغْيِ ۚ يَعِظُكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ

Allah commands justice, the doing of good, and liberality to kith and kin, and He forbids all shameful deeds, and injustice and rebellion: He instructs you, that you may receive admonition. (16:90)

He asked the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam to repeat again, so he repeated. Then Al-Waleed said:

والله إن له لحلاوة . وإن عليه لطلاوة . وإن أعلاه لمثمر . وإن أسفله لمغدق . وإنه ليعلو ولا يعلى عليه . وإنه ليحطم ما تحته . وما يقول هذا بشر

By Allah, indeed it has a sweetness to it, and a charm upon it; the highest part of it is fruitful and the lowest part of it is gushing forth with bounty; it dominates and cannot be dominated, and it crushes all that is under it. And it is not the speech of a man.

This is the reaction of one who disbelieved in Allah and His Messenger…What is our reaction to the Qur’an?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 30, 2009 9:10 pm

    Did he ever become Muslim?

    Subhanallah, stories like these are very inspiring… When I was young, I once heard that many of the Kuffar would secretly gather around the Prophet’s home at night and listen to the Prophet’s recitation of the Qur’an. If any of them would encounter each other, they would admonish each other for coming and vow to never come back, but continued on doing so… Subhanallah

  2. May 31, 2009 12:10 am

    No he did not become Muslim. Allah ta’ala revealed ayaat about him directly in surah Muddaththir, you can read the tafseer here: http://www.tafsir.com/default.asp?sid=74&tid=55976

    SubhanAllah, I remember hearing that story as well. I believe the three were Abu Sufyan, Abu Jahl and another person that I cannot recall at the moment. Abu Sufyan and the third person became Muslim, radi Allahu anhuma, and we know the fate of Abu Jahl.

    Allahu a’lam.

  3. May 31, 2009 1:25 am

    Doing some research, I found out that the Qur’an loving trio consisted of Abu Jahl, Abu Sufyan and al-Akhnas ibn Shariq.

    The actual text of the narration is the following:

    Al-Zuhri said: “I have been told that Abu Jahl, Abu Sufyan and al-Akhnas Ibn Shariq went out one night to listen to Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) while he was performing prayers at night in his house. Unobserved by his colleagues, each one of them took his place in some corner to listen. As dawn arrived they departed to meet one another again on the road. They blamed each other saying: ‘Do not do it again, for if one of their fools should see you (doing so), he would suspect you,’ And went away. The following night each of them went back to his place to listen to the Prophet. As dawn arrived they departed to meet one another again on the road. They said to each other what they had said the previous night, and then departed. The third night each of them took his place again and continued overnight to listen till dawn broke when they departed to meet again on the road. They then said to each other: ‘We will not do it again.’ They pledged to that and each of them went his way. In the morning al-Akhnas Ibn Shariq picked up his stick and went out to meet Abu Sufyan in the latter’s house. He said to him: ‘Tell me, O Father of Abi Hanzalah, your opinion on what you have heard from Muhammad.’ Abu Syfyan said: ‘O Abu Tha’labah! By Allah, I have heard things that I know and the aim of which I know, and I have heard other things the meaning of which I do not know and the aim of which I do not know.’ Al-Akhnas then said: ‘By Him by Whom you have sworn, the same applies to me.’ Then he left him to go to Abu Jahl. He entered his house and said: ‘O Abu al-Hakam! What is your opinion on what you have heard from Muhammad?’ He said: ‘What I have heard! We entered in rivalry with Banu ‘Abd Manaf for reputation. They entertained others and we did; they gave others a ride and we did; they gave others and we did, till we got ready on our knees like two racing horses, and then they said: ‘There has risen amongst us a Prophet who receives Revelation from heaven.’ When can we get like this (privilage)? I swear by Allah that we shall never express belief in him and shall never believe his claim.’” Then al-Akhnas got up and left him.

    (Taken from http://www.jameataleman.org/book/EEAGAZE/chp3/Eloquence2.htm)

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