In the Name of God,the Most Beneficent,the Ever Merciful ! Stories of the prophets Shortly after the emigration to Abyssinia, the Muslims came back to Makkah; just 3 months later. They returned back because of one rumor. And that was that the Quraysh had accepted Islam. Indeed, for anyone, the most difficult time of moving is the first few months, when you don't have a house, you don't have friends, you are not settled down, etc. It's so different from what you're used to - acclimatization, different language, different culture, etc. It's very difficult. And so some rumor spread that they just pounced on, and they embraced. And that rumor was that the Quraysh had accepted Islam. No matter how wild it sounded, their hearts were yearning to go back to Makkah so they decided to pack their bags and go all the way back, as they had no way to verify the rumor. On the way there, they discover this to be not true. The basis of the rumor was what some call the 'satanic verses'. This is the version reported in Sahih Bukhari, thus the most authentic. And it says in this hadith, that in the month of Ramadan , the Prophet (peace be upon Him) recited Surah al-Najm in its entirety. It's a very powerful and eloquent surah. The momentum and the excitement builds up especially towards the end.It affected the entire congregation, Muslims and non-Muslims, so much that when the Prophet (peace be upon Him) recited the last verse, "Prostrate to Allah and worship Him," the Muslims fell into prostration, and the Quraysh were so emotional that they too fell into sajdah. For the first time, Muslims and non-Muslims united behind the Prophet(peace be upon Him). Except for al-Walid ibn al-Mughira who put sand to his head and said, "This is good enough for me." By the time this news reached to the 15 companions in Abyssinia, the rumor had been exaggerated. The situation in Makkah remained status quo, and the Quraysh continued to torture and persecute the Muslims. In the meantime news spread amongst the Muslims about how good Abyssinia was in terms of freedom. They had freedom and safety in Abyssinia and that was enough. When the Muslims heard this, 40% if not 50% of them got together and said let's go to Abyssinia. That's a huge number. So for the second emigration, more than 80 Muslims emigrated, headed by Jaafar ibn Abi Talib, the direct cousin of the Prophet (peace be upon Him). And it was a huge embarrassment for the Quraysh, the custodians of the Haram, that their own people were leaving. And so when the Muslims migrated, they decided, "We cannot allow this emigration," and they sent two delegates, Amr ibn al-As and another person (scholars have differed who the second person was), to Abyssinia, to appeal directly to the Najashi, the king of Abyssinia. Ummi Salama narrates, "When we landed in Abyssinia, we were treated very hospitably. The Negus granted us security and freedom; in fact we did not even hear any ridicule against us by the people. But then the Quraysh heard of our status, so then they plotted against us so they sent two strong men. And they loaded them with many gifts. When the two dignitaries arrived, the first thing they did was that they went to all the ministers of Najashi and gave each of them expensive gifts and leather. And they said, 'We have in your midst a group of rebels, and we want to take them back and we want you to support us in this cause. When we give the Negus (Najashi) his gifts, remember our gifts to you.' And the next day they speak to the Negus and said to him, 'Some foolish youth from amongst our nation are in your country, and they've invented a new religion. They've left ours and neither embraced yours. And the leaders of us have sent us to you so you can hand these young foolish people back to us.' And they presented the Negus with lots of fine gifts. The ministers of court stood up and said, "O our ruler, what they have said makes sense, return them back to their people and let them deal with their affairs." So they all agreed with the two Qureshi. But Najashi said, “ I cannot hand them back after they have chosen my land. They have chosen me over all the other lands they could have chosen, and asked for my protection. The least that I can do is to listen to their side of the story." In-Sha-Allah,To Be Continued...!