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Sayyidah Ayesha – may Allah be pleased with her – mentions that one day, she asked the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, “Besides the day of Uhud, was there another day that such a severe test came upon you?”
He replied, “O Ayesha! Your nation, the Quraish, have placed so many mountains of test and trial on me. However, the greatest test which fell upon me was that test which fell upon in the valley of Taif. This is when I presented myself in front of the leader (of that region who was the leader of Bani Kinaanah) namely Bin Abd Yaleel bin Abde Kalaal. However, the intention (with which I went there), he did not give an answer. (In other words, they refused to accept Islam).
“I left that place in great sadness and went in whichever direction I wanted. (Bear in mind that this was the moment when they threw stones of him until even his blessed shoes were filled with blood). Then when I was spared a little, I found myself in a place called Qaran Ath’ tha’aalab. I noticed that a strange cloud had surrounded me and when I raised my head to look at it, I noticed that Jibra’eel Ameen appeared in these clouds. He then called to me and said, “Whatever your nation has said to you and whatever they have done to you, Allah Almighty is aware of all of it. The Angel in charge of the mountain has been sent to you so that whatever you wish to do with those who have refuted you, you may do and may command the Angel of the mountain to do so.
“The Angel in charge of the mountain then made Salaam and said, ‘O Muhammad! Whatever is your wish, you may command me. If you wish that I bring the two mountains together (the mount of Abu Qubais and Qeqaan on the people of Taif (so that they are crushed like powder, then you may command me to do so).”
At this, the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – said to the Angel in charge of the mountain, “No, in fact I have hope that such people will be appear from their offspring who will worship only One Allah and they will not associate a partner with Him.” (Sahih Bukhari Shareef)