|أحمد محمد لبن Ahmad.M.Lbn|
مؤسس ومدير المنتدى
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|موضوع: The Earlier Muslims الإثنين 12 فبراير 2018, 8:17 am|| |
The Earlier Muslims
For a long time it didn’t rain in Quraysh. Abu-Taleb had a lot of children, and Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) never forgot about how his uncle raised him tenderly when his father died. He thought about helping his uncle in these hard times. So, he went to Al-Abbas, his other uncle, and said, “Your brother Abu-Taleb has many children, and as you see, all the people around are suffering from these bad times. Come on, let's go to him and take care of some of his children to help him.” They went together to Abu-Taleb and said, “We want to help you in these bad times. We want to help you with some of your children to bring them up for you until things get better.” Abu-Taleb, loved his son Aqeel very much so he said, “Take some of the other children but leave Aqeel for me.” Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) took his cousin Ali, and Al-Abbas took Ja’far. From that moment, Ali grew up in Prophet Muhammad's house.
Khadijah embraced Islam and believed that Muhammad (Peace be upon him) is the messenger of Allah. She believed everything he said. When he prayed, she used to pray behind him, but they used to pray secretly. One day, after they finished, Ali came and asked Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), “What were you doing?” “It's the religion of Allah with which He sent all his Messengers. Come on, Ali, believe in Allah the only Lord who has no partners and worship no One but Him. Come on, don’t believe in the “Laat” and “Ozza””, Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) replied. “I never heard about this before,” replied Ali, “Give me some time to ask my father, Abu-Taleb”. Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) did not like that Ali would reveal his secret, so he said, “If you don't believe in this, Ali, don't tell anybody about it yet.” Ali went to his room to think. His cousin never told lies and everyone called him (The Honest), and now he is asking him to forget about idols and to worship only Allah. Deep inside, he didn’t like those helpless idols, so, in the morning, he decided to join that new religion. He went to Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and said, “I decided to be with you, dear cousin.” Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) looked at him tenderly and hugged him. “Dear Prophet, I won’t consult my father about worshipping Allah, because Allah created me and didn’t consult my father about it”, Ali said.
One day, Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and Ali went to pray in the mountains of Makkah, where no one could see them. As they were praying, Abu-Taleb passed and saw them.
“What's that religion, dear cousin?” he asked. “It's the religion of Allah, His angels, and His Messengers”, Prophet Muhammad answered. “It's the religion of Prophet Ibrahim (AS); the religion that Allah has sent to me and to all people. You are the one who deserves my advice and guidance the most. You are the one who will join Allah's religion and help me in spreading it everywhere, right?”. “I can't leave the religion of my ancestors”, replied Abu-Taleb. Then turning to Ali, he said, “and what about you?” “I believe in Allah and His messenger and in all he says. I've joined Islam”, replied Ali. “Follow him, son,” Abu-Taleb said, “he never led you to a wrong path before.”
One day, a merchant came to Makkah to make Hajj. Being a friend of Al-Abbas, the Prophet's uncle, he went directly to him to buy some products from him. As the two sat together to talk, a man came, stood next to them, and started to pray.
Then, a woman stood behind them and joined them. When the man bowed, followed by the boy and the woman, the merchant turned to Al-Abbas and asked, “What's that religion?” “It's the religion of my nephew, Muhammad Ibn Abdullah,” he answered, “He claims to be the messenger that Allah sent to all the people, and this boy is my other nephew, Ali Ibn Abu-Taleb, while the woman is Khadijah, Muhammad's wife.”
The news spread everywhere; Muhammad Ibn Abdullah claimed to be a Prophet and called secretly for praying to Allah, the only God. One day, while Hakeem Ibn Khozam, a relative of Khadijah, was sitting with Abu-Bakr, his slave girl came back with news, “Your aunt, Khadijah, claims that her husband is a messenger of Allah, like Musa (Moses) (AS).” Hearing her words, Abu-Bakr started thinking. He knows Muhammad very well. He knows how truthful and honest he is. So, he went to him and said, “What's this news that I heard about you, Abul-Qassem?” “What did you hear about me, Abu-Bakr?” asked Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). “They say that you call for a new religion and that there is no God but Allah and that you are His messenger”, replied Abu-Bakr.
“That's true, Abu-Bakr. Allah, the Almighty, has sent me to all the people as a herald and a warning. I'm the answer to that prayer made by Prophet Ibrahim long ago”, said Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). “I swear, you have never lied before,” said Abu-Bakr, “and you really deserve to be the Messenger of Allah. You are always honest to everyone, kind to your relatives, and good in everything you do. Give me your hand to pledge alliance to you.” Prophet Muhammad shook hands with Abu-Bakr, who said the Shahada (Muslims’ declaration of faith) and declared his Islam. The news reached Khadijah. She was very happy that Abu-Bakr embraced Islam. She went out and told him, “O, Abu-Bakr. Thanks be to Allah who led you to the right path.”
One night, when Saad Ibn Abdul-Wakkas, the uncle of Amena bint-Wahb, went to sleep, he had a strange ru'ya (vision). He saw himself walking in darkness, and couldn’t see anything. Suddenly, the moon was in the sky and took away all the darkness. He stared at it. He saw Abu-Bakr, Ali Ibn Abu-Taleb, and Zayd Ibn Haretha, the Prophet's slave.
The three were on the moon and asking him to follow them. “When did you reach that place?” he asked. “Right now”, they replied. He rose from bed and started to think about that ru'ya. He wanted to find out what it meant, but he couldn't.
In the morning, Abu-Bakr came to him and said, “Allah has sent a revelation to Muhammad telling him that he was chosen to be a messenger for all the people and that he is to pray to no one but Allah.” “Did you stop believing in “Laat” and “Ozza”?” asked Saad. “He calls upon all the people to stop praying to the idols”, said Abu-Bakr, “He doesn't look for any glory or money. His wife Khadijah offers him all her money and his family has been in Quraysh for a long time ago. He says to forget about those helpless stones, and start to pray to Allah, the Creator of the sky, the vast desert, the stars, the bright sun, the water, the meadows, the air, the woods, and everything else.
He said it doesn’t matter if we are lords or slaves. In front of Allah, we are all the same. The only difference is in faith and actions; those two things bring us to Allah, so that no one is there between Allah and us, and we can come closer to Him. He calls for spreading mercy, peace, kindness, and piety; and stopping wa'd (burying newborn girls alive), breaking up of friends, and fights. He helps you find our way to a joyful life of everlasting happiness.”
Saad was greatly impressed by Abu-Bakr's words. He said, “Who are his followers?” “Ali Ibn Abu-Taleb, Zayd Ibn-Haretha, and myself”, replied Abu-Bakr. At that moment, Saad remembered the vision that he had last night. He remembered Ali, Abu-Bakr, and Zayd Ibn-Haretha, on the moon and asking him to follow them. Now, he was certain that Allah wanted to guide him to the right path, so he said, “Where is the messenger of Allah?” “He is in the valley of Ajyad (a place outside Makkah)”, replied Abu-Bakr, “praying to Allah secretly.” Saad went straight to him, accompanied by Abu-Bakr. He said the Shahada and became a Muslim.
Abu-Bakr was a rich and important man in Quraysh. He was known for his good behavior and was loved by everyone. So, he called all of his friends to join the new religion of Islam, and many of them did. One night, he left his house secretly and went to the house of Omayya Ibn-Khalaf, one of the lords of Quraysh. Once there, he started yelling, “O, Belal! O, Belal!” Belal, a black slave of Omayya, hurried down.
- “Who's calling? Abu-Bakr? What brought you here so late?” he asked.
- “Some very important news”, replied Abu-Bakr.
- “What's the news?” asked Belal.
- “The Prophet of this age has been sent by Allah.”
- “Who is he?”
- “It's Muhammad Ibn Abdullah.”
Abu-Bakr went on talking with Belal until he believed that there's no God but Allah and that Muhammad (Peace be upon him) is His messenger. From that moment, the Prophet's friends used to gather with him in the mountains where they listened to the Holy Qur'an and learned the teachings of their new religion, away from the people's eyes, because Allah had not ordered His messenger to go public yet.