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[文化博览] 【整理】2008-05-02 Prophet Muhammad 先知穆罕默德 - 12

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For three years the Muslim army held out against staggering odds. As word of the fighting spread, other Bedouin tribes saw God’s hand in Muhammad’s victories. One by one the peoples of the desert began to join in his struggle. The Muslim army grew, and the tide began to turn. The Muslim forces advanced to the outskirts of Mecca. It was a furious siege that lasted for nearly a month, until finally the city fell to Muhammad. In 630 A.D., the terrified people of Mecca braced for the onslaught. Muhammad’s army was returning home, now ten thousands strong. The vanquished know the terrible fate that awaited them.

“According to the molds of tribal warfare, the Meccans could expect a big revenge. The men are usually killed. Women and children are sold into slavery. There’s little pity for the loser in a tribal war. Of course that’s standard around the world.”

But Muhammad had a surprise in store for the fallen city.

“When Muhammad came into Mecca, and not only did not carry out a bloody revenge, but actually embraced the very Meccans who had fought him for three years and attempted to annihilate him. It was very shocking to the people in his milieu. So within the very founding of a religion, one finds episodes of great generosity, often an extraordinary acts of kindness and mercy.”

But not all of Mecca escaped Muhammad’s rough. Flush with victory, his troops marched straight to the Kaaba. Seven times they circled the shrine, as those who’d come to seek its protection appeal to their idols.
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