as salamu alaykum, i would like to know the story of the conversion to islam of the sahabi tameem ad dari.
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Ibn Sa‘d cited the following account of Tameem ibn Aws Ad-Daari's conversion to Islam, quoting Tameem: “I was in the Levant (Shaam) when the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, was sent (with the message of Islam). One day, I went out on an errand and on my way back the night fell. I said to myself, 'I will spend the night under the protection of the master (Jinn) of this valley (from the Jinns).' As I laid down, I heard a voice calling upon me but could not see the speaker, “Seek refuge with Allaah! Verily, the Jinn does not protect any person from Allaah!” I said, ‘By Allaah; what are you saying?’ The voice answered, ‘The Messenger of the unlettered nation has been sent. We have performed the prayer behind him in Al-Hajoon (in Makkah). We have embraced Islam and followed him. The evil schemes of the Jinn are over and they have been stoned with shooting stars. Go to Muhammad and embrace Islam!’ In the morning, I went to Monastery of Ayyoob and asked a monk there about what I was told. He said, ‘They are truthful! You shall find him near the sacred lands (Makkah), from which he shall migrate to a sacred land as well (Madeenah). He is the best of all the Prophets; do not let anyone beat you to him!’ Tameem added, ‘So I bore the hardship of going to the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and embraced Islam.” [At-Tabaqaat Al-Kubra]
The story was also cited by Ismaa‘eel Al-Asbahaani, who was nicknamed 'Qawwaam As-Sunnah' in his book Dalaa’il An-Nubuwwah, Ibn Al-Jawzi in his book Al-Muntathim fi Tareekh Al-Umam wa Al-Mulook, Ibn Katheer in his book Al-Bidaayah wa An-Nihaayah on the authority of Abu Nu‘aym, and As-Suyooti in his book Al-Khasaa’is Al-Kubra.
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