The tragic circumstances and oppressions Kashmir’s Muslims are still facing to this day is a sad reality for the Muslim world, where Kashmiri Muslims are being treated “little better than cattle”.
In such times, we are reminded of the devastating incident of Taif which occurred with Rasūlullāh ﷺ.
The Devastating Incident of Taif
After a decade of preaching in Makkah, the Prophet ﷺ had lost his uncle and his wife and was still rejected by tribesmen.
In an attempt to find a more receptive audience, the Prophet ﷺ traveled to Taif, hoping that his message would be accepted. Instead, he was rudely insulted and ridiculed by the city leaders and then pelted with stones by the tribe members.
As he ran outside the city, he himself narrates to Aisha, ‘that I could not remember where I was going’. He was in such a state of shock that he did not know where he was until he reached a garden a few kilometers outside of Taif. The people of Taif had stopped chasing him, and he sat down, tired and bleeding, being tortured and humiliated by the people of Taif, all alone under a tree.
Bruised and rejected, with his blood clotting as it leaked onto his sandals. In great distress the Prophet ﷺ turned to Allah with a powerful duʿā’ (supplication). Slightly more than a decade later, the entire area came under the rule of Islam. Rasūlullāh ﷺ made the following duʿā’ (The duʿā’ has been rephrased to a first-person plural tense to include a general audience):
اللَّهُمَّ إِلَيْكَ نشْكُوا ضُعْفَ قُوَّتِنا وَقِلَّةَ حِيلَتِنَا وهَوانَنَا عَلى النَّاسِ يا أَرْحَمَ الراحِمينَ، إلى مَن تَكِلُنا إلى عَدُوٍّ يَتَجَهَّمُنا، أَمْ إِلىٰ قَرِيْبٍ مَلَّكْتَه أَُمُوْرنا, إِنْ لَمْ تَكُنْ سَاخِطًا عَلَيْنا فَلا نُبَالِي غَيْرَ أَنَّ عَافِيتَكَ أَوْسَعُ لَنَا
“O Allah, We place our complaint before You for our weakness, lack of means, and our insignificance in the eyes of people. O the Most Merciful of those who show mercy, to whom will You entrust us? To an enemy who will oppress us or to the hands of a sympathetic friend whom You have entrusted our affairs? (O Allah,) if You are not displeased with us then we do not care for such things. Still, Your protection will be the easier for us.”
Once Aisha, the wife of the Prophet ﷺ asked, ‘O Messenger of Allah ﷺ, was there any day more difficult to you than on the day of the battle of Uhud?” (On the battle of Uhud, the Prophet ﷺ was wounded, blood was coming from his blessed face, his teeth were dislodged, and even an arrow came and hit him).
The Prophet ﷺ said, ‘Yes, the day of Taif was worse for me than the day of Uhud; that was the most difficult point of my life’.
The Power of Duʿā’ at Taif
The moment Rasūlullāh ﷺ made this duʿā’, his dua was responded by Allah. Rasūlullāh ﷺ said ‘I saw a cloud hovering above me. I saw Jibreel came down from that cloud, and besides him was an angel that I had never seen before.’ And Jibreel said to Rasūlullāh ﷺ, ‘O Muhammad ﷺ, your Lord has seen how your people have responded to you, your Lord has seen what they have said to you, so he has sent me with the angel of the mountains to place at your disposal.’
The angel said, ‘O Muhammad ﷺ, if you want, command me and I will cause the two mountains of Taif to collapse upon them.’
The Prophet ﷺ, still bleeding and his shoes still wet with blood says, ‘No! Rather, I pray that Allah blesses their children to be Muslims and worship Allah alone. Even if they have rejected Islam, I pray that Allah blesses their progeny to be Muslim.’ SubhanAllah!
Scholars say that this duʿā’ is one of the most powerful of duʿā’s as it was answered instantly. Scholars recommend this duʿā’ to every person in distress and difficulties.
This duʿā’ is highly recommended in our current times where Muslims are suffering. This duʿā’ should be made specifically with the Kashmiri Muslims in mind.
Share this duʿā’ for the Muslims of Kashmir praying that their situation changes for the better.