First, the Prophet (peace be upon him) began using the house of Arqam bin Abi Al-Arqam as a secret center for prayer, preaching, education and training.
Arqam's house was ideally located at the foot of mount Safa, only a short walk from the Ka'bah and its bustling crowds.
The pagans who lived in the area, therefore did not take notice of the many people who gathered in Arqam's house.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) would meet his companions there and recite verses of the Qur'an to them which they then would memorize.
These arrangements allowed the early Muslims to learn the essential tenents of Islamand perform prayers in secret without incurring the wrath of their neighbors or other family members who had not converted.
As for the Prophet (peace be upon him), he continued to perform his prayers in the open for all to see.
In the face of persecution, insults, and harassment, he kept preaching the message of Islam to everyone he met.
It was the wisdom and mercy of Allah that the Prophet (peace be upon him) never refrained from carrying on with his mission, even under extremely adverse conditions.
Because of his efforts, no soul will be able to argue on the Day of Judgement that Allah did not send a messenger to warn those who were astray and to show them the straight path.Ths is an excerpt from: When The Moon Split pgs. 78,79
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