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The First Non-Makkans to Embrace Islam

Thursday 08/04/2010

At first, the blessed call to Islam commissioned by Allah to Muhammad,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), was administered in Makkah only. Afterwards it extended to other areas, and the non-Makkans whose hearts had accepted Islam grew in number day after day. Among the first to embrace Islam from outside Makkah were:

 
1- Suwayd ibn As-Saamit, may Allah be pleased with him, who was a distinguished poet of Yathrib and a man of noble ancestry. He came to Makkah for pilgrimage when the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), met him and called him to Islam. He embraced Islam at the beginning of the 11th year after Bi‘thah (the time when Allah Commissioned Prophet Muhammad to convey the Message of Islam). 
 
2- Iyaas ibn Mu‘aath, may Allah be pleased with him, who came with a delegation from the Al-Aws tribe of Madeenah to form an alliance with Quraysh against the Al-Khazraj tribe of Madeenah. When the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), called the delegate to Islam, his words found their way to Iyaas’s heart, despite the fact that he was fairly young at the time. Iyaas, may Allah be pleased with him, died in Yathrib (the name of Madinah before Hijrah) early in the 11th year of Bi‘thah, believing in the Oneness of Allah.
 
3- Abu Tharr Al-Ghifaari, may Allah be pleased with him, who was a resident of Yathrib’s outskirts. Having heard of the Message of Muhammad,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), he sent his brother to investigate the matter and then traveled himself to Makkah. He went to see the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), who explained Islam to him.  Abu Tharr, may Allah be pleased with him, embraced Islam.  Although the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), recommended that he should keep his conversion a secret, he preferred to declare it to the Quraysh and was harmed for that, as narrated in Saheeh Al-Bukhari.
 
4- At-Tufayl ibn ‘Amr Ad-Dawsi, may Allah be pleased with him, the chief of Daws tribe. He was noble, intelligent and a renowned poet. He arrived in Makkah in the eleventh year of Bi‘thah. The Makkans received him and cautioned him not to listen to the Da‘wah (call) of the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) and he became determined not to listen to him. However, he quickly changed his mind and went to the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), and asked him to introduce Islam to him. He embraced the religion and returned to his people and called them to accept Islam. Seventy or eighty households from the Daws tribe embraced Islam due to his efforts. He fell as a martyr in the battle of Al-Yamaamah, may Allah be pleased with him.
 
5- Dhimaad Al-Azdi, may Allah be pleased with him, from Azd Shunoo'ah in Yemen. He traveled to Makkah and heard what Quraysh had been saying about the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) - that he was a poet or an insane man. Dhimaad Al-Azdi, may Allah be pleased with him, would perform Ruqyah (incantations) as therapy for illnesses and insanity.  Therefore, he went to the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), and offered to perform Ruqyah for him.  In reply the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said: “Indeed, all praise is for Allah. We praise Him and seek help from Him. Anyone whom Allah Guides aright cannot be lead astray, and anyone whom Allah leads astray cannot be guided aright. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad is His slave and messenger." [Muslim]
These words had a great impact on Dhimaad, may Allah be pleased with him. He asked the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), to repeat them, then commented: "I have heard the words of soothsayers, the words of magicians, and the words of poets, but I have never heard such words as yours. Bring forth your hand so that I can give you the oath of allegiance for Islam."
 
Also among the early non-Makkan Muslims were a group of young men from the Khazraj tribe of Madeenah whom the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), met during the pilgrimage season in the 11th year of Bi‘thah. He called them to Islam and they responded favorably. There were six men: As‘ad ibn Zuraarah, ‘Awf ibn Al-Haarith, Raafi‘ ibn Maalik ibn Al-‘Ajlaan, Qutbah ibn ‘Aamir, ‘Uqbah ibn ‘Aamir and Jaabir ibn ‘Abdullaah, may Allah be pleased with them.
 
These Companions returned to Madeenah, propagating Islam until the mention of the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), was in the houses of the people who would later be called Al-Ansaar.
 
Thus, the seal of all religions threaded its way on earth until it was spread all over the Arabian Peninsula during the lifetime of the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ). The Rightly Guided Caliphs completed the task outside the Peninsula. The followers did the same until Islam was spread all over the earth. Allah The Almighty certainly Says the truth in the words that read (what means): {Allah will perfect His light, although the disbelievers dislike it} [Quran 61:8]

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