This lecture covers how the prophet changed Yathrib's name to Medina, the rise of hypocrisy in Medina as political expediency caused people to convert without having any Islamic conviction, the first time Muslims were given permission to fight and why it was granted, and the first five military expeditions of the Muslims.
1. No victory comes with ease. Even prophets must sacrifice, face challenges, and fail before attaining victory.
2. God isn't biased towards Muslims. When Muslims violated the sanctity of the sacred months, they were condemned.
3. Lead by example
4. Stick with your pledges.
Lecture notes available at http://www.why-quran.org/?p=440.
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