Fourteen hundred and twenty seven years back, this day, God granted Muslims a victory.
A victory that was so beautiful, and so grand, and so complete, that there is no record in history of a victory so great….also, a victory that was gained without a single drop of blood being shed.
It was the conquest of Makkah, the land that Muslims were forced to flee when its inhabitants made life so harsh on them:persecuting, boycotting, taunting and killing them, that they were given permission to migrate.
In the Conquest, eight years later, the Prophet(saw)assembled those persecutors, taunters, haters and unbelievers, and asked them what decision they expected.
They said “You are a noble brother and a noble cousin.” He said there is no punishment for you today. You are free.
Fourteen hundred and twenty seven years flash forward.
Muslims are persecuted, taunted and killed. Numerous children are massacred inhumanly, and the number rises as Israel starts its ground invasion.
But a verse pronounced then, echoes over the fieldsand mountains and valleys; over cities being bombed, and houses and mosques and schools being shelled. Over the cries of tortured civilians, screaming children, and valiant freedom fighters.
A verse: “That truth has come, and falsehood has vanished, and indeed, it is in the nature of falsehood to vanish.”
But there is more in the spirit and remembrance of the Conquest of Makkah for Muslims to remember at this perilous hour. History says that you must believe, you must have faith, you must strive and struggle, you must stay united, and you must never give up!
There will come times upon you when you would be starved. When you would have to fight, and sacrifice the things most beloved to you for your Lord. When your children will cry and you will be incapable to calm them. When the enemy will advance and you will be afraid. When you will be few and the enemy would be great. But through these steps, the help of God will come.
But the spirit must never die, and the faith and teachings must never be compromised.
Happy anniversary of the Conquest of Makkah to all the Muslims! May you grasp what it says!
And to all the Non-Muslims, may you learn to appreciate it! (Ameen)