Paper 1 – The Prophet’s journey to Taif
These papers provide thorough and continuous practice of key English
skills for children aged 10 to 11 years.
Qureysh: A tribe in which the Prophet Muhammad was part of.
Taif: A town located in a valley in between two mountains.
Prophet: A messenger of God.
Jibrail: An angel (who brought revelations of God).
On the death of Abu Talib, the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam’s) most
faithful and loving uncle, the Qureysh increased their harassment towards
the beloved. This led the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam )to leave
Mackah, where he had propagated the message of Allah for nine years, to
go to Taif.
On arriving at Taif, the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) separately met
each of the three chieftains of the clan. Their response was discourteous to
say the least. The Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam’s) had expected good
manners in their speech. However, one of them mocked: “Hey, Allah has
made you a Prophet!”
The other chieftain ridiculed the Messenger, “Could Allah not lay His Hand
on anyone else, besides you to make him His Prophet?”
The third one said, “I do not want to talk to you, for if you are in fact a Prophet,
then to oppose you is to invite trouble, and if you only pretend to be one, why
should I talk an imposter?”
Thereafter, the Prophet of Allah turned to the common people who turned him
away. At Taif, no one was listening and his efforts went to vain so the Prophet
(Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) decided to leave the town. But the people of
Taif would not let the Messenger leave in peace. Ill-behaved children were
set to hiss at him. The people of Taif pelted him with stones until the beloved
was covered in blood. He was badly wounded and blood flowed into his shoes.
The Messenger prayed for his own short-comings. The Heavens moved by
his prayers and Jibrail appeared before the Messenger, greeting him with
“Allah knows all that has happened between you and these people. He has
appointed an angel in responsible of the mountains to be at your command.”
The accompany angel greeted the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). He
told him that he was at his service and that he could get the mountains to
collide, crushing the people of Taif. The angel suggested this because of the
harm that was caused to the beloved Prophet. The humble Prophet (Sallallahu
Alayhi Wasallam) replied that even if these people did not accept Islam, Allah
make them and their children Muslims.
Answer these questions
Why did Prophet Muhammad leave Makkah?
What happened to the Prophet in Taif?
What is the meaning of the word ‘ridiculed’ on line 4?
When the Prophet went to the Chieftain’s what did each one say.
List 3 of the replies in your own words.
How badly was the Prophet wounded?
The Prophet refused to destroy the people of Taif. Why?
As you read through the story of Taif you will learn some important
lessons. Explain what the morals are?
What messages does the story convey? Do you think the message
Describe two ways the Prophet Mohammad wanted future
generations to learn from this story. Use one piece of evidence to
support your answer.