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From 'Ayyâsh and Hishâm freed by al-Walîd ibn al-Mughayrah who unlocks their manacled hands, a large candle lighting the scene. to 'Abbâs, Muhammad's uncle, asks Abû Lahab to provide Muhammad with funds so that he can marry.
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'Ayyâsh and Hishâm freed by al-Walîd ibn al-Mughayrah who unlocks their manacled hands, a large candle lighting the scene.

An erstwhile rich man, Najiz ibn Farrâsh, who was cursed by the Prophet, now a beggar.

Salmân converts to Islam after finding that Muhammad is a true Prophet.

Salmân and his religious instructor have read a holy book predicting the coming of the Prophet and discuss this matter.

Abû Bakr approached by a group of Quraysh unbelievers who try to persuade him to give up the new religion.

Muhammad with a companion meets with the Banû Junda', who have converted to Islam.

Hannâd ibn 'Umar and members of the Tamîm tribe seated before Muhammad.

Salmân presents a tablet written in Syriac to Muhammad, that indicates that Muhammad is the last prophet.

Muhammad at al-Masjid al-Aqsâ leads the earlier prophets and angels in prayer.

Abû Hishâm, sitting with two friends in an eyvân, tells them that he has become a Muslim.

Muhammad and Abû Bakr visit the Banû Salîmah tribe.

'Abd-Allâh ibn Ybayy climbs a date palm and announces that Muhammad is approaching Qubâ', a suburb of Medina.

Bilâl al-Habashî, an Ethiopian negro, tells 'Umar ibn al-Khattâb that he wants to go to Damascus.

Muhammad and Abû Bakr on their camels, a servant holding the reins, ask for a night's lodging from an old Bedouin woman, Umm Ma'badah.

'Abd-Allâh talks with a group of his kinsmen about the new religion.

Muhammad performs another miracle by creating a spring of cool, pure water in the desert camp of the Banû Junda'.

Nufayl tells the Jews that he wants to send a delegation to Muhammad.

Iblîs (the devil), disguised as a gray-bearded tribesman, is welcomed to a meeting of the unbelievers among the Quraysh.

An old man who is cured after drinking from the miraculous healing fountain talks to the leader of the Banû Junda'.

Muhammad's wife 'Â'ishah gives her husband information on people with communicable diseases.

Salmân, who is now a young man, is sent to the ruler of Byzantium.

Abû Jahl learns that his agents have searched in vain for Muhammad and Abû Bakr.

Mukhayriq in discussion with five of his Jewish confederates proclaims his decision to help Muhammad in his wars.

Ayyûb leads Râfi ibn Wadîghah, one of the hypocrites, out of the mosque for creating a disturbance.

The Meccans sell Salmân to a Jew.

The leaders of the two Jewish tribes of Medina meet and discuss plans to kill Muhammad.

A Jewish leader holds up the gown of the Jewish prophet Yahyâ (John the Baptist) on which the Muslim declaration of faith (shahâdah) has miraculously appeared; when it was cut out, it appeared a second time.

Muhammad and Abû Bakr on camels arrive at the 'Ukâz Fair at the campground of a heathen tribe, the Bakr ibn Wâ'il.

Quzmân the hypocrite, dressed only in his underdrawers, mutilates himself by sticking an arrow though his upper arm.

Muhammad visits Abû Tâlib, who is his uncle and head of the Banû Hâshim, trying to convince him on his deathbed to become a Muslim.

Umm Ma'badah kneels before the Prophet and converts to Islam; she asks Muhammad to remain with her tribe.

The Quraysh discuss the conversion of seventy-two Medinans.

Six Medinans sit before Muhammad and Abû Bakr, discussing the new faith at Akaba.

The Prophet causes a spring to come forth and cures Abû Jahl with its waters, but Abû Jahl then accuses Muhammad of sorcery.

Muhammad dismounts before the house of Ayyûb al-Ansârî and puts his hand on the shoulder of the owner, who is overcome with emotion.

'Abbâs, the servant of the brothers 'Utbah and Shaybah of the clan of 'Abd Shams, kisses the feet of Muhammad in recognition of his prophethood.

The seventy-two Medinan Muslims tell the people of Quraysh that they want to take Muhammad to Medina.

Abû Jahl and his followers tell the Medinans that they must not harm Muhammad.

When the Chistian monks question Muhammad about the father of Jesus and ask how is it possible to be born without a father, Jibrîl brings down sections of the Sûrah Âl 'Imrân [...], which contains the Qur'anic version of the story of Mary and Jesus.

As they continue their journey to Medina, Muhammad and Abû Bakr meet three women who convert to Islam.

Abû Jahl loses his speech after he curses Muhammad.

During a journey Salmân meets merchants from the Quraysh tribe and asks them about a new religion.

'Umayr, addressing a group of seated Muslim leaders, falsely accuses Muhammad of not paying a debt owed to him.

Sa'd ibn Ma'âdh listens to complaints about Mus'ab ibn 'Umayr, a leading proselytizer of Islam in Medina.

A scene similar to the one on f. 236v, but with the people now angrily questioning Muhammad and Abû Bakr.

Muhammad and Abû Bakr are feted by Umm Ma'badah's tribe.

'Abd-Allâh ibn Kharis talks to the king of Yemen in a camp, discussing the meaning of the great storm that struck Medina.

Mus'ab ibn 'Umayr gives Muhammad information about Medina.

'Alî explains to a group of men the truth about Muhammad's alleged debt.

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Surâqah returns to Mecca and addresses Abû Jahl and other Quraysh leaders, telling them of his strange experience.

Muhammad appoints Abû Ubaydah as magistrate over the Christians of Najrân.


Abû Lahab and his followers hurl stones at Muhammad and Abû Bakr at the 'Ukâz Fair.

Muhammad sits beneath the arcade of Ayyûb's house with three of the Companions and heals Ayyûb's blind mother, who kneels before him.

Ibn Husayn, Mâlik ibn Jabal, and 'Alâ' ibn 'Alâ' of the Fîrâzâ tribe become Muslims.

Mutî' and his idol collapse before the Prophet Muhammad, and the Jews beg Muhammad to restore Mutî's life.

Muhammad receives a letter from Bazan, the king of Yemen.

The seated Muhammad discusses prophethood with members of the Quraysh.

Surâqah ibn Mâlik comes to kill Muhammad but his horse is stuck in the ground and refuses to approach the victim.

'Abd-Allâh ibn Ubayy of the 'Awf tribe and two friends sit before the cave of a hermit priest and question him about Muhammad.

The head of a slave sent by Hanzal to murder 'Alî floats by the instigator of the assassination attempt.

Abû Jahl begs Muhammad to heal him.

One of the newly converted Muslims of Medina urges a group of Jews of this city to convert.

Muhammad and Abû Bakr on camels talk with an old man, Muhsin, of the Bakr ibn Wâ'il tribe, at the 'Ukâz Fair.

Salmân is expelled from the country by his father when he refuses to practice Zoroastrianism.

Jibrîl (Gabriel) invites Hazrat Muhammad for his night journey (the Mi'râj).

Mus'ab and As'ad talk to Usayd, who has come to them with evil intentions.

'Alî, dressed in green robe and turban, addresses a crowd in the courtyard surrounding the Ka'ba in Mecca.

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'Alî, mounted on his blue mule and holding a long red staff, is approached by a delegation from the Quraysh tribe, asking him not to return to Muhammad.

Muhammad and his followers construct a small mosque in Medina.

Nu'mân kisses the hand of Muhammad, embracing Islam.

Muhammad discusses Islam with leaders of the Banî Sa'sa'ah tribe, including 'Âmir ibn Sa'sa'ah.

The people of Medina take their leave of the Prophet.

Nufayl reads a letter from the Jews of Bayt al-Muqaddas (the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem) about Muhammad to his followers, who include five women.

Salmân is bought by an Antioch priest.

Nufayl ibn Ghawth, seated at a low desk, reads a passage from the Old Testament that refers to the coming of the Prophet Muhammad.

Muhammad, seated before a mihrab made of inlaid wood, talks to the leaders of the Kindah tribe.

Hamzah, an uncle of the Prophet although of about the same age, dressed in gold armor and holding a sword, threatens to punish those of the Quraysh who are not faithful to Muhammad after Abû Tâlib's death.

Muhammad talks with a smith who will melt down Mutî's idol so that the gold and silver may be distributed to the poor, as Mutî' had promised.

Jibrîl informs Muhammad of the assassination plot of the Medinan Jews.

Meccan leaders and the Hashimites gather around Muhammad for the marriage ceremony.

Muhammad reveals to an assemby of Jewish converts that al-Husayn ibn Sallâm has converted to Islam and taken the name 'Abd-Allâh.

Abû Hishâm of Medina kisses the hand of the Prophet.

Muhammad, mounted on Burâq accompanied by Jibrîl and host angels, rises to the heavens on his way to al-Masjid al-Aqsâ.

The daughter of Muhammad, who is seated in a litter, takes leave of four female members of the Prophet's family; all the women have flaming gold halos.

Muhammad accompanied by his followers rides through the streets of Medina.

The Jews of Damascus find a large jug inscribed with the Muslim profession of faith (shahâdah) and try to destroy it, but they are unsuccessful.

Muhammad and Abû Bakr converse during their journey from Mecca to Medina.

Salmân is purchased by Muhammad and freed.

Surâqah ibn Mâlik tells a group of Quraysh leaders how they can capture Muhammad.

Abû Jahl, Muhammad's most prominent opponent in Mecca, is angered at people of his tribe who will not listen to him.

Abû Bakr and the Prophet's nephews ask the Sakifîs for the hand of their daughter Barîrah in marriage to Muhammad.

Iblîs, in the guise of an old man, leads a party of eight Quraysh soldiers to the cave where Muhammad and Abû Bakr are hiding.

Abû Jahl, his speech restored, again urges the people to abandon their belief in the Prophet, telling them that Muhammad is a sorcerer.

Sham'un, a Companion of the Prophet, heals a man on the bank of a river.

Sa'd plans to murder Mus'ab and As'ad.

Muhammad and Abû Bakr take refuge in a cave, hiding from Meccan pursuers.

'Abbâs, Muhammad's uncle, asks Abû Lahab to provide Muhammad with funds so that he can marry.