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Knowing Allah

Under category Islam being Introduced to Arabian Tribes and Individuals
Creation date 2007-11-20 01:07:17
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the prophet [pbuh] was not dismayed at all. he persisted in his mission for the fulfillment of which he had been commissioned to strive despite all odds. he did not confine his efforts to the tribes but also conducted contacts with individuals from some of whom he was able to receive a favourable response. moreover, later in the same season, some of them did believe in his prophethood and entered the fold of islam. the following list included some of those early converts:

  1. swaid bin samit. he was an intelligent discreet poet from yathrib (madinah). during his stay in makkah for pilgrimage (or lesser pilgrimage), he encountered the prophet [pbuh] who invited him to embrace islam. at this invitation, swaid imparted to the prophet some sound words from luqman’s wisdom. the prophet approved of that wisdom but told the man that he had something far better. he recited some verses from the qur’ân, the man listened meditatively and the words appealed to his originally pure nature and accepted islam as his faith at once. he was killed in the battle of bu‘ath. that was in the eleventh year of the prophethood. [ibn hisham 1/425; rahmat-al-lil'alameen 1/74]
  2. eyas bin mu‘adh. he was still a youth from aws tribe. he came as a member of delegation seeking alliance with quraish against another rival tribe dwelling in madinah, al-khazraj. the prophet [pbuh] met them and advised them to follow a better course than that they had in mind. he introduced himself and islam to them, apprised them of his mission and narrated some verses from the noble qur’ân. eyas’s heart immediately absorbed the divine message and agreed with the prophet [pbuh]. abul haisar anas bin rafi‘, a member of the delegation disapproved of the boy’s behaviour and silenced him by hurling some dust into his face. the people then left madinah after having failed in establishing alliance with quraish. shortly after arrival in madinah, the boy breathed his last acclaiming allâh’s name and celebrating his glory.[ibn hisham 1/424; tareekh-e-islam 1/126]
  3. abu dhar al-ghifari. he used to live in the suburbs of yathrib. news of the islamization of swaid bin samit and eyas bin mu‘adh reached him and constituted a turning point in his life per se. he sent his brother to makkah for more details about the prophet’s intentions. the man came back and reported to abu dhar that the ‘said man’ enjoined good and forbade evil. abu dhar was not satisfied and decided that he himself should go out and probe the real situation. after some attempts to identify the person of the prophet [pbuh], he managed to meet him though not without some difficulties due to the antagonistic atmosphere within which the proponents of the new faith were trying to work their way. no sooner than abu dhar was exposed to the real nature of islam, he embraced it. despite the prophet’s earnest plea not to divulge his new move, abu dhar went directly to the holy sanctuary where he publicly declared that he had testified to the oneness of allâh and prophethood of muhammad. the heathens all around hurried and began beating him. he almost died when al-‘abbas intervened warning against killing someone whose tribe was in full command of the strategic commercial caravan routes leading to makkah. the event recurred in the following morning with the same man to come to the scene and rescue him.[bukhari 1/449-544]
  4. tufail bin ‘amr ad-dausi. he was an honest poet and chief of ad-daus tribe inhabiting an area close to yemen in south arabia. he arrived in makkah in the eleventh year of prophethood. great reception ceremonies were accorded to him on his advent. the makkans soon started to inculcate in his ears all sorts of antipathy against the prophet [pbuh]. they even alleged that he had caused the most horrible societal schism, dividing all sorts of social life even the family ties were subject to his schemes and plans of dissension. they even warned him against speaking or even listening to him. the man overpowered by these pleas, complied by their requests. he even stuffed his ears with a piece of cotton in order not to hear any word of his. however, when this tribesman entered the mosque, he saw muhammad [pbuh] observing his prayer and out of curiosity, he approached him for it was a divine will to hear the prophet’s sound and appealing words. the temptation to hear more was irresistible so he followed the prophet [pbuh] into his house, briefed him on his advent and all the story of the people of quraish. the messenger of allâh [pbuh] recited some verses of the noble qur’ân and the man managed to taste something exceptionally beautiful and discern the truth latent within. he embraced islam and testified that there was no god but allâh and that muhammad was his messenger. he then said that he was an influential man among his people and that he would call them to profess islam, yet he wanted the prophet [pbuh] to equip him with a supportive sign that would ease his future task. it was in fact a divinely bestowed light in his whip. he called his father and wife to embrace islam and they did respond. his people lagged a little but he exhorted them fervently and was fully successful. he and seventy or eighty of his followers emigrated to madinah after the trench battle. he was a perfect fighter in the cause of allâh and was martyred in al-yamama events.[ibn hisham 1/385; mukhtasar seerat ar-rasool p.144]
  5. dhumad al-azdi. he came from azd shanu’a in yemen, specialist in incantation. he arrived in makkah to hear the fools there say that muhammad [pbuh] was out of his mind. he decided to practise his craft on the prophet [pbuh], who on seeing him said: "praise is to allâh, we entertain his praise and seek his help. whomsoever allâh guides, none will lead astray, and whomsoever allâh leads astray, none will guide. i testify there is no god but allâh and muhammad is his servant and messenger." dhumad heard the words and requested the prophet [pbuh] to echo them again, and he was granted his wish thrice. here he said: "i have heard the soothsayers, sorcerers and poets, but never have i experienced the sweetness of your words." he then gave a pledge of a sincere convert. [mishkat al-masabeeh 2/525]


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