The persecutions of the Quraish was so harsh in Makkah that Rasulullah decided to turn to the people of Ta'if, a town about forty eight kilometers from Makkah.
The people of Ta'if used to worship idolaters. On reaching Ta'if with his assistant Hazrat Zaid-bin-Harith (R.A.), Rasulullah met the leaders of the town, On preaching to them, he found them proud and arrogant. They disrespected Rasulullah in a very bad manner. They encouraged their slaves, boys and girls to follow and torture Rasulullah until he left Ta'if. The crowd pelted them with pebbles and stones. Hazrat Zaid (R.A.) tried his best to protect Rasulullah who was bleeding so much that the blood from his body ran down into his sandals and covered his feet.
Rasulullah was so hurt that he was partly conscious when an angel appeared. The angel offered to bring down a whole mountain on the crowd who attacked an innocent man. Rasulullah refused this Divine help and instead, prayed that one day all the people of Ta'if would become Muslims.
That evening they reached Nukhla, and in the middle of the night, while they were in salaat and reciting Quraan, seven leaders of the Jinnat of Naseebeen approached Rasulullah and became Muslims. The Quraan also mentioned this fact in Sura Al-Jinn.
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