Tactics of Persuasion – Then and Now

What parallel can we draw from the tactics of persuasion used by the Quraysh and the condition of the Muslim world today?

The Quraysh sought to persuade him (ﷺ) to stop, stop this message, they tried to put pressure on his (ﷺ) uncle who raised him, Abu Talib, ‘Talk to this young man. Get him to stop this call, this invitation of people to the worship of one God, making slaves equal to their masters, stop this.’ That failed. Abu Talib knew who Muhammad (ﷺ) was and there was no way he could get the Prophet (ﷺ) to give up conveying that message, so then they shifted to worldly persuasion. Worldly persuasion meaning he (ﷺ) must be after something. He (ﷺ) must have a hidden agenda. He (ﷺ) is shaking up our society, creating havoc; he (ﷺ) must have a hidden agenda. What are the usual hidden agendas? Usual hidden agendas are based on what? Wealth, money. He’s after money. Okay let’s offer him (ﷺ), we’ll make him (ﷺ) the richest man in Mecca. Everybody will put some money together and make him (ﷺ) the richest. That didn’t work. Okay what is the next hidden agenda? Women. Okay lets offer him (ﷺ) the most beautiful of our women, as many as he (ﷺ) desires. That didn’t work. Couldn’t sabotage the message. Then it must be what? Power, control, to be the king, the ruler, so lets offer him that, that position, that status. Still didn’t work.

These were efforts to persuade him (ﷺ) not to convey the message. This we can see paralleled in many Muslim countries where giving da'wah is not allowed. Places like Tunisia, if you go to the masjid regularly, your name is put on a list, Muslim country, but the idea of trying to convey Islam is out, and so on and so forth. Different countries around the Muslim world, they are attempting to stop the da'wah and of course the worldly persuasion, we can see in Muslim rulers accepting the offerings of the west for their protection etc., and they are busy trying to keep their seats, their thrones, their positions. They want to look after it. So we see that happening. The difference is of course in the time of the Prophet (ﷺ), he (ﷺ) rejected it but in our times our leaders have embraced it.

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