The Makkan unbelievers persecuted the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) and his followers incessantly for twenty one years. They left no stratagem unused to harass and trouble the worshippers of one ALLAAH and compelled them to leave their hearth and home. But when Makkah was conquered, these worst enemies of Islam were completely at the mercy of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) so much so that just a nod from him would have heads rolling on the dust: But what did actually take place? To the mighty chiefs of Quraish who stood before him bowing their head in fear and shame, the Holy Prophet posed a question, “ Do you know how I am going to deal with you today? “They replied in suppressed tones, “O Truthful and Trustworthy one! You are our noble brother and a noble brother’s son. We have ever found you merciful’.
The Holy Prophet said, ”I tell you the same thing today as Yusuf (Joseph) had told his brothers – No reproach shall be on you this day: Go, I set you all free”. (Kitab-ush-Shifa: Ibn Hisham)