The conversion of amr, son of abasa




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THE CONVERSION OF

AMR, SON OF ABASA

KHALID, SON OF SA’EED SON OF AL ‘AS

and

DIMAD

COMPANIONS OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD

Praise and peace be upon him
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THE PROPHET’S INVITATION TO AMR, SON OF ABASA

Abu Umaamah asked Amr, Abasa’s son on what did he base his claim that he was the fourth person to accept Islam. Amr replied, “Even during the Age of Ignorance, I realized that people were astray, and I had no inclination toward idol worshipping. When I learned of a person who had appeared in Mecca and who spoke of many events and matters, that caught my attention, so I rode straight away to Mecca.


When I reached Mecca I was not surprised to learn people were harrasing the Messenger of Allah, praise and peace be upon him, and found he was not easy to locate. I was subtle in my inquires as to where I might find him and did so I indirectly asked where he might be found. Eventually I located and met with him. I asked him, ‘What are you?’ Whereupon he replied, ‘I am the Prophet of Allah.’ I asked, “What is a prophet.” The Messenger of Allah, praise and peace be upon him, replied, ‘The Messenger of Allah.” I inquired, “Has Allah sent you?” and he replied that indeed Allah had. Then I asked what Allah has sent him with. The Messenger of Allah, praise and peace be upon him, responded, “That Allah is One, alone and that no partners should be

ascribe to him, that idol worshiping must be destroyed, and family ties must be maintained.” Then I asked, ‘Who else adheres to this belief?” He answered, “A free man and a slave.” It was then that I saw Abu Bakr with his freed slave Bilal.” I said, “I want to be with you.” But the Messenger of Allah, praise and peace be upon him, said, ‘At this moment in time you cannot do so, instead return home, and when you hear that I am established, come to me.’ So, after embracing Islam I returned home.”


“When I learned the Messenger of Allah, praise and peace be upon him, had migrated to Medina I made a point of contacting each passing caravan to make enquires about him. Then, one day a caravan arrived from Medina so I asked, “What is the condition of the person from Mecca who has migrated to you?” They replied, “His people tried to assassinate him but they were unsuccessful. When we left Medina, people were flocking to him.” Upon hearing this news, I mounted my camel and rode off for Medina. When I reached Medina I went straight to the Messenger of Allah, praise and peace be upon him, and asked, “Do you recognize me?” He replied, “Are you not the person who met me in Mecca?” I responded, “Yes, indeed I am that same person.” Then I asked him, “O Messenger of Allah, praise and peace be upon him, teach me something that Allah has taught you that I don’t know.” And this he did.
The preceding is a partial transmission of the hadith.
Amr, son of Abasa spoke yet again about his conversion saying, “I asked the Messenger of Allah, praise and peace be upon him, what is the message Allah has sent you with?” He replied, “Allah has sent me with the message that family ties should be maintained, lives should be protected, roads should be safe (to travel), idols should be destroyed and that Allah is the One to be worshipped and that He has no partner.” Thereupon I said to the Messenger of Allah, praise and peace be upon him, “These teachings from Allah are indeed very fine. I make you my witness that I have accepted and believe you as a true Prophet (of Allah) If it is best, may I stay with you now?” He replied, “As you can see, the people regard this religion which I have brought to be very evil, therefore, you should return home, but when you hear I have reached the place of my migration, you may come to me then.”
THE PROPHET’S INVITATION TO KHALID SON OF SA’EED, SON OF AL ‘AS

Khalid, the son of Sa’eed was among the early converts. He was the first of his brothers to accept Islam.


His conversion began one night when he had a vision that disturbed him greatly. In his vision he saw himself standing on the brink of a pit of blazing fire. He describe the fire as being so huge that Allah alone knows just how huge it was. In his vision he saw his father trying to push him into the fire, however, the Messenger of Allah, praise and peace be upon him, caught hold of him by his waist and prevented him from falling in. The intensity of the vision was so alarming that he woke up in a state of shock, and said to himself, “This must definitely be a true vision that cannot be dismissed.”
A while after he met Abu Bakr and related his vision to him. Abu Bakr assured him, “There is good in store for you. Muhammad is the Prophet of Allah, praise and peace be upon him, so follow him.” Abu Bakr who was known as an interpreter of visions told Khalid, “You will follow him and enter Islam, and Islam will save you from entering the Fire of Hell which is where your father will be.”
Khalid made post haste to meet the Messenger of Allah, praise and peace be upon him, and caught up with him in a place called Ajyaad and said, “O Muhammad, who do you call me too?” He replied, “I call you to the One and only God, Allah, who has no partner and to believe that Muhammad is His worshiper and Messenger. I call upon you to renounce your worship of stones that can neither hear, cause harm or benefit you – they themselves do not know those who worship them from those who do not!” Khalid accepted the truth saying, “I bear witness that there is no god except Allah, and I bear witness that you are the Messenger of Allah.” The Messenger of Allah, praise and peace be upon him, was visibly happy to hear Khalid’s witnessing.
Khalid did not return home, he stayed with his fellow Muslims but when his father discovered his son had embraced Islam he sent someone to search for him. Khalid returned home with the man whereupon his father rebuked Khalid harshly then started beating him with his whip. Khalid’s father lashed his whip on Khalid’s head with such force that the whip broke as he shouted in anger, “I will not give you anything to eat!” Khalid replied, “If you do not give me anything to eat, Allah will undoubtly provide for me.” Khalid left his father and returned to the Messenger of Allah, praise and peace be upon him, and remained in his company.
In another narration, we learn that Khalid’s father sent his brothers - who had as yet to embrace Islam - and his slave Raafi in search of Khalid. When they found him, they seized him and returned him to his father. His father rebuked and beat him so severely with his whip that broke as he whipped Khalid on his head. Then his father said, “Do you follow Muhammad when he opposes his people and finds fault with our gods and the gods of our ancient forefathers?” Khalid responded, “By Allah, he (Prophet Muhammad, praise and peace be upon him) is speaking the truth and I follow him.” Upon hearing this his father became even more enraged and started swearing saying, “You despicable person, go wherever you please, I swear by Allah that I shall never feed you again.” Khalid replied, “If you stop feeding me, then Allah will provide me with my sustenance.” Upon hearing this, Khalid’s father threw him out of the house telling his brothers that if they believed the same, they too would receive the same treatment as Khalid. Thereafter Khalid went to the Messenger of Allah, praise and peace be upon him, and became his constant companion.
There is also another report that tells that Khalid hid from his father in the valleys on Mecca, and when the second group of the Companions migrated to Abyssinia, he accompanied them. When his father Sa’eed son of Al ‘As became ill, he declaired, “If Allah removes this illness from me the god of ibn Abil Kabsha* will never be worshipped in the valley of Mecca!” Whereupon Khalid supplicated, “O Allah, Do not remove the illness from him.” Subsequently, his father died from his illness.”
*Abil Kabsha was the husband of Halima, the foster parents of the Prophet, praise and peace be upon him.

THE PROPHET’S INVITATION TO DIMAD

Abdullah, the son of Abbas tells us that Dimad was from the tribe of Azdishanu’ah, and like other members of his tribe used certain supplications to cure the insane and people affected by evil spirits.


Dimad had heard the unbelievers of Mecca say that Muhammad was insane, so he went to them and asked “Where is this man? Perhaps Allah will cure him at my hand.” When he met the Messenger of Allah, praise and peace be upon him, he told him, “I recite certain suplications by which I cure people. Indeed, Allah has cured at my hand those people whom He wished to cure. Come let me cure you as well.” The Messenger of Allah, praise and peace be upon him, said thrice, “Indeed, all praise is for Allah. We praise Him and seek help from Him. None can misguide a person whom Allah has guided, and no one can guide a person whom Allah has caused to go astray. I bear witness that there is no god except Allah, the One who has no partner.”

Dimad exclaimed, “By Allah, I have heard the words of soothsayers, the words of magicians and the words of poets. However, I have never heard such (elegant phrasing of) words before. Give me your hand so that I may pledge allegiance to you in Islam.” The Messenger of Allah, praise and peace be upon him, extended his hand and asked, “Is this pledge on behalf of your people as well?” Dimad replied, “It is for my people as well.”


In another narration Dimad said to the Prophet, praise and peace be upon him, “Repeat those words to me because they reach the depths of the ocean in eloquence.”
Years later when some Muslim mujahdeen happened to pass by the tribe of Dimad their leader asked those with him, “Has anyone of you taken something from these people?” One replied, “Yes, I have their water-jug.” Their leader told him, “Return it to them because they are the people of Dimad.”
Abdur Rahman Adawi said that Dimad said, “I went to Mecca to perform Umrah and was sitting with Khalaf when Abu Jahl said, “This man has caused disunity among us. He makes us look foolish and claims that our forefathers were misguided!” Umayyah commented, “There is no doubt that this man is indeed mad!” I took leave of the gathering and went to look for the Messenger of Allah, praise and peace be upon him, saying to myself, "Indeed, I am able to cure people affected with evil spirits." I searched all day but was unable to find him. The next day I resumed my search for the Messenger of Allah, praise and peace be upon him, and at last I found him offering the prayer behind the Station of Abraham. I sat down and after the Messenger of Allah, praise and peace be upon him, had completed his prayer I said to him, “O son of Abdul Mutalib”, and the Messenger of Allah, praise and peace be upon him, inquired of me what I wanted. I told him, “I am able to cure people affected by evil spirits. If you wish, I can cure you as well. Do not think you illness is a great matter because I have cured people who were more sick than yourself. I have just come from some of your people who have nothing good to say about you. They say you are insane and that you have brought about disunity amongst them, and tell them that their forefathers were misguided. They also say you insult their gods, so I concluded that only an insane person would do such things.”
The Messenger of Allah, praise and peace be upon him, listen patiently and responded saying, “Indeed, all praise is for Allah. I praise Him and seek His help. I believe in Him and have absolute trust in Him. There can be none to misguide a person whom Allah has guided and there are none who can guide a person whom Allah has caused to go astray. I bear witness that there is no god except Allah who has no partner. I bear witness that Muhammad is the worshiper of Allah and His Messenger.” Until that moment I had never heard such striking words like that. Then I requested the Messenger of Allah, praise and peace be upon him, to repeat the phrases and so he repeated them again twice.
I asked the Messenger of Allah, praise and peace be upon him, “What are you calling people too?” He replied, “I call people to believe in One God, Allah, who has no partner. I absolve myself from the worship of idols, and I bear witness that I am the Messenger of Allah.” I asked him, “What shall I receive if I also do the same?” The Messenger of Allah, praise and peace be upon him, replied, “You will receive Paradise.” I exclaimed, “I bear witness that there is no god except Allah, who has no partner I remove the idols from my neck and free myself from their worship. I also bear witness that you are indeed the worshiper and Messenger of Allah.”
I stayed with the Messenger of Allah until I had learned many chapters of the Koran, then I returned to my people.
In later years the Messenger of Allah, praise and peace be upon him, dispatched a detachment under the command of Ali. The detachment took some camels from a certain place. When Ali discovered the camels had been taken from the people of Dimad he ordered the camels to be returned.
May Allah be pleased with all the Companions.




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