6 Preface وَانطَلَقَ المَلَأُ مِنهُم أَنِ امشوا وَاصبِروا عَلىٰ آلِهَتِكُم ۖ إِنَّ هٰذا لَشَيءٌ يُرادُYusuf AliAnd the leader among them go away (impatiently), (saying),1 “Walk ye away, and remain constant to your gods! For this is truly a thing designed (against you)!When the message of Islam was being preached in its infancy, and the Preacher and his followers were being persecuted by the Pagans, one of the devices adopted by the Pagan leaders was to get the Prophet’s uncle Abū Ṭālib to denounce or renounce his beloved nephew. A conference was held with Abū Ṭālib for this purpose. On its failure the leaders walked away, and began to discredit the great movement by falsely giving out that it was designed against their personal influence, and to throw power into the hands of the Prophet. 'Umar’s conversion occurred in the sixth year of the Mission (seventh year before the Hijrat). The circumstances connected with it (see Introduction to S. 20) greatly alarmed the Quraish. chiefs, who, greedy of autocracy themselves, confused the issue by accusing the righteous Preacher of plotting against their power.