THE Prophet Muhammad went through great difficulties, tests, trials and tribulations.
His own tribe, the Quraish, not only opposed him, but attempted to even assassinate him. His followers were tortured, persecuted, chased out, exiled, attacked and assassinated.
But when victory was bestowed on him and his followers with the conquer of Makkah – one of the most glorious moments in the history of Islam – he entered into the city, riding a camel at the back of victorious followers with no trumpets, no drums, no pom pom flowers, if you like, and he told the people of the Holy City and his own to engage in the remembrance of the Creator.
The occasion was said to be very sombre, quiet, peaceful, calm and serene. It was even narrated that the Prophet Muhammad was so hunched over that his beard touched the back of his camel. He was hunched so as not to hold his head up high and to hold his chest out. He was hunched over out of humility.
He rode into the Holy City in all humility, praising, glorifying, and thanking the Creator and the Bestower of the victory.
And when he finally stood in front of all the people of Makkah, he said to them:
I will say to you what Prophet Yusuf said to his brothers, “No blame will there be upon you today. Allah will forgive you; and He is the most Merciful of the merciful.”
So, embrace humility. It wins hearts. Learn from the lessons of a victorious 2018.
Only then can a nation move on a path of conciliation and reconciliation. – November 18, 2022.
* Hafiz Hassan reads The Malaysian Insight.
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