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Muhammadsa had previously been a great favourite of the people of Mecca. However, news of his claim was met with derision and he was labelled a madman. The chieftains initially made the Prophet a figure of fun. However their amusement began to subside and was replaced with aggressive hostility as his message spread. Muhammadsa was promoting the freedom of slaves, rights for the poor and had rejected the prevailing religious order by emphasising the need for man to restore his relationship with one God. His message was drawing Mecca's weakest to rally around him and slowly a small group of followers had been established. These new teachings were seen by the rich and powerful to be a direct challenge to their social order.
"It is universally observed that the interplay of various ideas at later stages of a religion's history tends to revert to the confusion which prevailed prior to their advent. It happens because man's influence on religion has always been to break it into factions and to partially revert it to the older mythical ideas and philosophies. It has seldom led to a reunification of differing schools of thought born through the degenerating processes that divide and split religions. This degeneration seems to be irreversible."
- Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, Revelation, Rationality, Knowledge & Truth
The Shroud of Turin (pictured) is a centuries old linen cloth that bears the image of a crucified man, believed to be Jesus of Nazareth.