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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(Peace be upon him)
, 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. Thevent
recurred in the following morning with the same man to come to the scene and rescue him.
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 (Peace be
upon him) . 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 (Peace be upon him) 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
(Peace be upon him) into his house, briefed him on his advent and all the story of the
people of Quraish. The Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him) 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 (Peace be
upon him) to equip him with a supportivesign 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
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 (Peace be upon him) was out of his
mind. He decided to practise his craft on the Prophet (Peace be upon him) , 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 (Peace be upon him) 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.
It was during the pilgrimage season, in the eleventh year of Prophethood, that the Islamic Call
found the righteous seeds through which it would grow up to constitute tall trees whose leaves
would foster the new faith and shelter the new vulnerable converts f rom the blows of injustices and
high-handness of Quraish. It was the Prophet’s wise practice to meet the delegates of the Arabian
tribes by night so that the hostile Makkans would not debar him from achieving his objectives. In
the company of his two truthful Companions ‘Ali and Abu Bakr, he had an interesting talk regarding
Islamization with Bani Dhuhal, but the latter suspended their conversion. In pursuit of the same
objective, the Prophet and his Companions passed by ‘Aqabat Mina where they heard people talking.
They went at their heels until they encountered six men from Yathrib, all of whom from Khazraj
tribe: As‘ad bin Zurarah, ‘Awf bin Harith, Rafi‘ bin Malik, Qutbah bin ‘Amir, ‘Uqbah bin ‘Amir and
Jabir bin ‘Abdullah. The last two being from Aws and the former four from Khazraj.
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