rather than with Muhammad. This annoyed the Prophet and he thus reproached
Hast thou not observed those to whom a part of the Scriptures have been
given, they believe in al-Jibt and at-Taghut and say of the infidels, 'these
are guided in a better path than those who hold the faith.' Sura An-Nisa' (iv)
As the siege progressed some of the Muslims became disheartened. The account
of it is given in Sura Al-Ahzab (xxxiii) and its terrors are thus depicted:
When they assailed you from above you and from below you, and when your
eyes became distracted, and your hearts came up into your throat, and ye
thought divers thoughts of God,
Then were the faithful tried, and with strong quaking did they quake. Sura Al-Ahzab
Muhammad now seemed weak and helpless, and the people, doubting his promise
of divine aid, wished to retire from the outer defensive works into the city.
They were rebuked in a revelation recorded in the same Sura thus:
When the disaffected and the diseased of heart said, 'God and His Apostle
have made us but a cheating promise'.
And when a party of them said, 'O men of Yathrib (Madina)! This is no place of
safety for you here; therefore return into the city.' And another party of you
asked the Prophet's leave to return, saying, Our houses are left defenceless.'
No! they were not left defenceless but their sole thought was to flee away:
Say, flight shall not profit you. Sura Al-Ahzab (xxxiii) 12-14, 17.