Our Prophet continues to invite, for them to attain bliss
The Darling of Allahu ta’âlâ felt very sad because of this attitude of his relatives. However, without being demoralized, he continued to invite them for their rescue from Hell and for their attainment of bliss.
In the fourth year after Bi’that, the 94th âyat of Sûrat-ul Hijr was revealed. When the divine commandment purporting, “(O My Beloved!) Declare what has been decreed to you (commandments and prohibitions), distinguish between the haqq (right) and bâtil (wrong). Turn away from the polytheists! (Disesteem their words!)” was revealed, our beloved Prophet started to invite the Meccans to Islam. One day, having climbed the Hill of Safâ, he said, “O Quraysh people! Come together here and listen to my words!” After the tribes congregated, our Prophet said, “O my people! Have you ever heard a false word from me?” Then they replied all together, “No, we have not.” Our Prophet said, “Allahu ta’âlâ granted me prophethood and sent me as a prophet to you.” Then he recited the 158th âyat of Sûrat-ul A’râf, purporting, “(O My Beloved!) Say to them that, O people! I am the Messenger of Allahu ta’âlâ, who has been sent to all of you. He is Allahu ta’âlâ Who is the Owner and Commander of the worlds and skies. No one, but He, deserves to be worshipped. He is the One who takes lives and resurrects every living being.” Abû Lahab, who was among the listeners, shouted angrily, “My brother’s son has become crazy! Do not listen to the words of a person who does not worship our idols and who is not in our religion!” He insisted on disbelief. Those who were there dispersed and nobody embraced Islam. Although they knew that our Master, the Prophet was trustworthy and had high manners, they did not accept Islam and they became an enemy.
Again one day, by obeying Allahu ta’âlâ’s order of “Declare what has been decreed to you (commandments and prohibitions),” our Prophet again climbed the Hill of Safâ. With a loud and sonorous voice, he appealed to the people that, “O sabâhâh! Come here, come together, I have important news for you!” Upon this invitation, tribes ran to gather. They waited in wonder and curiosity. Those who did not attend sent their servants in order to learn the reason for the gathering. A group in attendants started to ask, “O Muhammad, the trustworthy! Why have you gathered us here? What will you inform us of?” Then our Prophet started his speech by saying, “O the tribes of Quraysh!” Everybody was listening to him attentively. He continued his speech and said, “My and your situation is just like the situation of a man who runs towards his family in order to warn them when he sees the approach of an enemy and shouts by saying O sabâhâh (we have been besieged by the enemy! It is morning now. Get ready for the battle) out of fear of the enemy reaching his family before his eyes and hurting them. O the people of Quraysh! Will you believe me if I tell you that there is an enemy army behind that mountain and it is ready to attack you?” Then they replied, “Yes, we will. For, we have not heard anything from you except rightness. We have never seen that you lied!”
Upon that, by enumerating the name of each tribe as, “O the sons of Hâshim! O the sons of Abdu Manâf! O the sons of Abdulmuttalib!” he said, “I am the informer of the bitter torment which will absolutely come. Allahu ta’âlâ commanded me to frighten my close relatives with the torment of the Hereafter. I am inviting you to embrace Islam by saying Lâ îlaha illallahu wahdahu lâ sharîka-lah (Allah is One, there is no god other than He). And I am His servant and Messenger. If you believe in this, you will go to Paradise. Unless you say ‘Lâ îlaha illallah’, I can neither help you in this world nor can I provide you any privilege in the Hereafter.” Among the tribes, Abû Lahab said, “Have you gathered us for this?” and threw a stone at our beloved Prophet. The others did not oppose him like this. They then dispersed, talking among each other.