Ridiculing the Prophet (pbuh), people from Mecca came to him asking him to expedite Allah’s punishment. They even said, addressing Allah, “If that [which Muhammad is telling us] is the truth from you, send on us stones from the sky or bring us a sever atonement.” They said so while mocking the prophet (pbuh), harming him, and torturing and killing those who believed on him.
It wasn’t an easy situation. The oppressors were strong. They were so evil. The people of the truth were weak and oppressed. Khabbab Ibn Al-Aratt, one of the great companions of the prophet, suffering tremendous torture,* met the prophet in the city at night. Out of pain, he complained to the prophet about the huge suffering they are going through. “O Messenger of Allah, shouldn’t you ask Allah for support? Shouldn’t you supplicate for us?”
The truth was apparent: the prophet and his companions on one side and his enemies and oppressors on the other; that is a clear truth and a clear falsehood. However, both sides are calling for the same thing, expediting Allah’s intervention. The believers are asking the prophet, “Shouldn’t you call for Allah’s support? Shouldn’t you supplicate that Allah removes this suffering?” The oppressors are asking the same thing, out of mockery and ridiculing. It is the same question again: “When is the victory of Allah?!”
The Messenger (phuh) answers Khabbab stating a very important law by which Allah’s victory comes.
O Khabbab, many of the people before you were tortured. They would be split by a saw into two halves and will be combed by combs of iron to split between the bones and the flesh. This never turned them away from their faith. I swear by Allah that He will finish this matter [by granting victory to His message] to the extent that people will travel from San’aa to Hadramawt [across the whole Arab peninsula that is] fearing nothing but Allah, and the wolf for their sheep. Yet, you are hasty.“
Allah answers those mocking enemies by telling his Messenger and all of us about this very important law, that which I called the Third Law of Victory:
They ask you to hasten the punishment. Allah shall most certainly not fail His promise; but a day with your Lord is as a thousand years of your reckoning
The truth is going to prevail. The support will come. The falsehood will be defeated. The oppressors will be brought to justice. However, these things do not happen over night. Allah has a wisdom of giving things its due time. Noah had to spend 950 calling his people and suffering the mockery and the disbelief before Allah granted him victory. The people of the cave had slept for over 300 years before they woke up to find the city once ruled by their oppressors a city of believers.
According to this Law, victory will come, perhaps not in our life time; but it will come. It will come at the time Allah planned, for, one day with Allah is as a thousand year of our reckoning.
* Years later, when Omar Ibn Al-Khattab asked Khabbab to mention some of the suffering, he showed them his back and none of the people present were able to look at it and asked him to cover it. May Allah be please with them all.