Did the incident of Taif take place?

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Answered by Molana Muhammad Adnan


1). Did the incident of taif take place, stoning of prophet Muhammad pbuh ,  it is unreasonable to think a man got stoned and survived. Are there any witnesses and how do I know they did not invent the story like the christians did about Christ pbuh.
2). What is the clear proof that Allah does not have a son.   Why does it not befit the majesty of Allah.  I.e. Like Christ came out from a womb.



1.Yes the incident did occur.

The Holy Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) accompanied by Hadrat Zaid Haris went to Ta'if to preach oneness of ALLAH, and to invite the people to Islam, whereupon they got enraged and set about maltreating him. The chiefs instigated the local urchins to mischief. While he was preaching these rowdies pelted him with stones so heavily that he began to bleed profusely; the blood congealing in his shoes made it difficult for him to take out his feet for making ablution. On one occasion the rogues and vagabonds abused him, clapped hands and jeered at him so much that he was forced to seek shelter in a house.

Once while preaching in the same town he received so many injuries that he fainted and fell down. Hadrat Zaid (Radi Allaahu Ta'ala Anhu) lifted him on his back: took him outside the habitation and sprinkled water on his face to bring him round.

In spite of the catastrophe and hardships faced in this journey and the sorrow that not a single person embraced Islam, the heart of the Holy Prophet

ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was full of love and glorification of ALLAAH (the Most High).

The prayer he made at this time is as follows:

"O ALLAAH! To you I complain of my helplessness, puny strength and of man's haughtiness towards me.

O Most Merciful, O Lord of the helpless, You alone are my Lord. To whom dost thou entrust me: to strangers who will be outrageous to me, to an enemy who will control my right and wrong?

But if you are not unhappy with me then I care nothing for all the tribulations for your grace as well as comfort is more enough than for me.

I seek refuge in Thine countenance – which brings forth light from darkness and adjusts the works of the world and the Hereafter – lest Thy wrath and Displeasure should befall me. Yours is the right to reprove and admonish till you are pleased. There is no strength or power except with you". (Tabari)

While returning from Ta'if the Holy Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) also said; "Why Should I pray for the destruction of these people? I do hope that their posterity will certainly be among the believers in the one ALLAAH."

(Sahih Muslim, Rahmatul lil'Alamin)

[Uswai Rasool-e-Akraam, P52-53, Shaykh Abdul Hai Aarifi]

The incident is undeniable because of its numerous authentic sources. There are witnesses like above mentioned Zaid bin Haaris (may Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him)etc. getting stoned doesn’t necessarily lead to death. It depends on many circumstances like the size of the stones etc and in any case RasoolUllah(Peace be upon him) was at all times protected divinely by Allah Ta’ala.

2. The strong evidence we have that Allah Ta’ala does not have a son is the verse in Soorah Ikhlaas “He begets not and nor is he begotten”. In the verse after it says “there is nothing like him”. The concept of divinity and things related to divinity must be inconceivable otherwise it is not befitting.

Written by Molana Muhammad Adnan

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

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