be upon (someone or something)

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be upon (someone or something)

To be looming or have recently begun. Let's meet soon—once the back-to-school rush is upon us, we won't have any free time.
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be upon

v.
To be imminent or just beginning to have an effect on someone or something: Winter is upon us, so we'd better be ready to shovel lots of snow.
See also: upon
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The point is not how well Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) treated women and what rights they have "under Islam." Nor is the point how badly Jews were treated in non-Muslim land s centuries or decades ago and how comparatively well they were treated in Muslim lands.
The cave allusion is to the Flight of Muhammad (Peace be upon him) to Madinah.