Page 73 - Ar-Raheeq Al-Makhtum

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We have already spoken about six Madinese who embraced Islam in the pilgrimage season in the
eleventh year of Prophethood. They promised to communicate the Message of Islam to their
The following year, on the occasion of the pilgrimage, there came a group of twelve disciples ready
to acknowledge Muhammad as their Prophet. The group of men comprised five of the six who had
met the Prophet (Peace be upon him) the year before, the sixth who stayed away was Jabir bin
‘Abdullah bin Reyab, the other seven were:
1. Mu‘adh bin Al-Harith, Ibn ‘Afra, from Khazraj.
2. Dhakwan bin ‘Abd Al-Qais, from Khazraj.
3. ‘Ubadah bin As-Samit, from Khazraj.
4. Yazeed bin Tha‘labah, from Khazraj.
5. ‘Al-‘Abbas bin ‘Ubadah bin Nadalah, from Khazraj.
6. Abul Haitham bin At-Taihan, from Aws.
7. ‘Uwaim bin Sa‘idah, from Aws.
They avowed their faith in Muhammad (Peace be upon him) as a Prophet and swore: “We will not
worship any one but one Allah; we will not steal; neither will we commit adultery, nor kill our
children; we will not utter slander, intentionally forging falsehood and we will not disobey you in any
just matter.” When they had taken the pledge, Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said: “He who
carries it out, Allâh will reward him; and who neglects anything and is afflicted in this world, it may
prove redemption for him in the Hereafter; and if the sin remains hidden from the eyes of the men
and no grief comes to him, then his affair is with Allâh. He may forgive him or He may not.”
After the Pledge (in the form of an oath had been taken) the Prophet (Peace be upon him) sent to
Yathrib (Madinah) Mus‘ab bin ‘Umair Al-‘Abdari, (May Allah be pleased with him) the first Muslim
‘ambassador’ to teach the people there the doctrines of Islam, give them practical guidance and
make attempts at propagating the Islam among those who still professed polytheism. As‘ad bin
Zurarah hosted him in Madinah. So prepared was the ground, and so zealous the propagation that
the Islam spread rapidly from house to house and from tribe to tribe. There were various cheerful
and promising aspects of success that characterized Mus‘ab’s task. One day Mus‘ab and As‘ad were
on their way to the habitations of Bani ‘Abd Al-Ashhal and Bani Zafar, when they went into the
premises of the latter clan. There they sat near a well conversing with some new converts. Sa‘d bin
Mu‘adh and Usaid bin Hudair, chiefs o f the two clans heard of this meeting, so Usaid approached the
Muslims armed with his lance while the other Sa‘d excused himself on grounds that As‘ad was his
maternal cousin. Usaid came closer cursing and swearing and accused the two men of befooling
people weak of heart, and ordered that they stop it altogether. Mus‘ab calmly invited him to sit
saying, “If you are pleased with our talk, you can accept it; should you hold it in abhorrence, you
could freely immunize yourself against what you hate.” “That’s fair,” said Usaid, pierced his lance in
the sand, listened to Mus‘ab and then heard some verses of the Noble Qur’ân. His face bespoke
satisfaction and pleasure before uttering any words of approval. He asked the two men about the
procedures pertinent to embracing Islam. They asked him to observe washing, purge his garment,
bear witness to the Truth and then perform two
. He responded and did exactly what he was
asked to do, and then said there was a man (Sa‘d bin Mu‘adh) whose people would never hang b ack
if he followed the Islam. He then left to see Sa‘d and his people. Sa‘d could immediately understand
that Usaid had changed. To a question posed by Sa‘d, Usaid said that two men were ready to
comply with whatever orders they received. He then managed a certain situation that provided the
two men with a chance to talk with Sa‘d privately. The previous scene with Usaid recurred and Sa‘d
embraced Islam, and directly turned to his people swearing that he would never talk with them until
they had believed in Allâh, and in His Messenger. Hardly did the evening of that day arrive when all
the men and women of that sept of Arabians embraced Islam with the exception of one, Al-Usairim,
who hung back until the Day of Uhud. On that day he embraced Islam and fought the polytheists
but was eventually killed before observing any prostration in the way of prayer. The Prophet (Peace
be upon him) commented saying: “He has done a little but his reward is great.”
Mus‘ab stayed in Madinah carrying out his mission diligently and successfully until all the houses of
(the future Helpers) had Muslims elements, men and women. One family only stood
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