Assalamu-alaikum (peace be upon you) fellow readers,
In the friendly confines of our neighborhood Coldstone Creamery, our teens met over a delicious serving of ice cream to continue our discussion on lessons from the seerah. Tonight’s discussion focused on a difficult journey Prophet Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) took from Mecca to the city of Taif. This was soon after he lost two of his most valuable supporters (his uncle Abu Talib who financially and physically supported his nephew and the beloved wife of Prophet Muhammad, Khadijah, who had emotionally and financially supported the Prophet). The Muslims in Mecca were experiencing great difficulty so Prophet Muhammad took a journey to Taif to find support. Instead he was verbally and physically abused (the residents threw rocks at his feet for a distance of 3 miles!!!) to such a level that he had to flee the city while his feet were bleeding profusely. At such a low point emotionally and physically, Allah supported Prophet Muhammad when it appeared all hope had been lost. Our mentors took the opportunity to remind our teens that no matter how difficult life may become (through the low points and the high points), Allah is there for us and will help us just as Allah supported Prophet Muhammad when he was going through difficult periods in his lifetime. We must never lose hope even when a situation seems bleak!