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For this reason, as soon as he reached his country and house in the land of Daws, he confronted his
father about that which was in his heart concerning the principles of faith and perseverance. He called his
father to Islam after speaking to him about the Messenger who calls to Allah. He spoke to him about his
greatness, about his purity and honesty, and his father became a Muslim immediately. Then he went to
his mother, and she became a Muslim. Then to his wife, and she became a Muslim. When he was sure
that Islam had swept over his household, he moved on to his tribe and to all the inhabitants of Daws.
However, no one from among them accepted Islam except Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with
They went on disappointing him and turning away from him until he ran out of patience with them,
so he rode his beast, cutting through the desert, returning to the Messenger of Allah to complain to him
and to take more and more of his teachings. When he arrived in Makkah, he hastened to the house of the
Messenger, driven by his yearning to see him. He said to the Prophet (PBUH), "O Messenger of Allah,
indeed adultery and usury have beaten me in our fight over Daws. So, call on Allah to destroy Daws."
Suddenly, At-Tufail was baffled when he saw the Messenger (PBUH) raise his hands to the sky while
saying, "O Allah, guide Daws and bring them to Islam as Muslims." Then he turned to At-Tufail and said
to him, "Return to your people, call them and be lenient with them."
This scene filled the soul of At-Tufail with awe and filled his spirit with peace. He thanked Allah
with the deepest praise for making this human merciful Messenger his teacher and instructor, and for
making Islam his religion and his joy. He returned to his land and people, and there he went on calling to
Islam gradually and leniently, just as the Messenger had advised him.
During the period he spent among his people, the Messenger emigrated to Al-Madiinah and the
battles of Badr, `Uhud and Khandaq took place. While the Messenger of Allah was in Khaibar, after
Allah had given the Muslims victory over it, a full procession including 80 families from Daws
approached the Messenger saying, "There is no god but Allah and Allah is the Greatest." They sat before
him giving the oath of allegiance one after the other.
When this lavish spectacle of theirs and their blessed oath was over At-Tufail Ibn `Amr sat alone by
himself reiterating his memories and contemplating his steps along the way. He remembered the day he
came to the Messenger asking him to raise his hands to the sky saying, "O Allah, destroy Daws." Yet, the
Prophet supplicated and humbly prayed to Allah on that day with another prayer which aroused his
amazement. "O Allah, guide Daws and bring them to Islam as Muslims!" And Allah had guided Daws
and brought them as Muslims. And here they were, 80 families of them, consisting of the majority of its
inhabitants, taking their place in the pure ranks behind the trustworthy Messenger of Allah.
At-Tufail continued his work with the believing community, and on the day of the Conquest of
Makkah, he entered it with tens of thousands of Muslims. They never withdrew in pride and strength but
with their foreheads bowed in adoration, glorifying and thanking Allah Who rewarded them with victory
and a clear help.
At-Tufail saw the Messenger of Allah destroying the idols of the Ka`bah and purifying it with his
own hands from the impurity which had lingered for so long. Immediately afterwards, he remembered an
idol belonging to Amr Ibn Humamah. Whenever he stayed over as his guest, he used to show it to him,
so he became fearful in its presence and pleaded to it. Now the opportunity had come for At-Tufail to
erase the sin of those days from his soul. He approached the Messenger, requesting permission to go burn
the idol of Humamah called "The Two Palms", and the Prophet (PBUH) gave him permission.
At-Tufail went over and lit the fire on it and every time the flame went down, he stoked it again to a
blazing fire. All the while he said,
O Idol of Two Palms,
I am not one of your worshipers.