Abu Talibs Support for the Prophet (ﷺ)
The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) accompanied by Ali ibn Abi Talib would retreat to a pass in the mountains surrounding Makkah to perform prayer. Allah allowed them to conceal this practice for a time, praying their daily prayers then returning in the evening. One day the secret was revealed when Abu Talib discovered them and questioned them, "O'My nephew, what is this religion that you follow?" He (ﷺ) replied, "O uncle, this is the religion of Allah, the religion of His angels, the religion of His Messengers and the religion of our father Ibraheem. He has sent me as a Messenger to the people and you, O uncle, are the most deserving of my sincere advice and my call to guidance; you are the most deserving to respond and help me with that." Abu Talib replied, "O' son of my brother, I cannot leave the religion of my forefathers and the way they followed, but no harm will reach you so long as I am alive." Abu Talib proceed to ask his son Ali the same question which abu Talib replied replied, "He is calling you to something good, so follow him.
- Ibn Hisham: as-Seerah an-Nabawiyyah, 1/246; al-Murtada, p. 35
- Ali ibn Abi Talib, by Dr. Ali M. Sallabi Ch. 2.3, pg.69-70