TWO STALWARTS OF ISLAM

One day Abu Jahl, a sworn enemy of islam, attacked Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) while he was resting near the foot-hills of Safaa. His verbal abuse could not move the determined Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) so Abu Jahl hurled a stone and wounded him on his head. Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) went home bleeding profusely.

Hazrat Hamza (R.A.) who was the foster brother and uncle of Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) had just returned after one of his daily hunting trips in the morning. He was considered one of the bravest and fiery soldiers of Arabia. After his hunt, as was his habit, he went to the Ka'bah for his circumambulation (Tawaaf). When he heard what Abu jahl had done to Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) he became so angry that he attacked Abu jahl and made him bleed from his head. Although Hazrat Hamza (R.A.) had as yet not embraced islam, he nevertheless loved his nephew Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) very dearly. On reporting to Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) of his revenge against Abu jahl, Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) said although he was very grateful for the kind thoughts he had for him, he would feel very happy indeed if Hazrat Hamzah (R.A.) accepted islam. On hearing this, Hazrat Hamzah (R.A.) immediately became a Muslim.

Hazrat Umar (R.A.) was considered a brave, robust personality of Makkah. He was so temperamental that the people of Makkah would avoid clashing with him in any way. He was one of the Quraish who persecuted the Muslims and was incited in this direction to such an extent that one day. he decided once and for all to assassinate Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him). Abu jahl promised Hazrat Umar (R.A.) a gift of a hundred camels and one thousand silver coins.

On his way to Darul-Arqam with an unsheathed sword, he met Nuaym-bin-Abdullah, who on hearing Hazrat Umar (R.A.)'s intention replied that Hazrat Umar (R.A.) 'should first put his own house in order'. His sister Hazrat Fathima (R.A.) and her husband Hazrat Saeed-bin-Zayd (R.A.) had already embraced Islam.

This rebellion by his own family   infuriated Hazrat Umar (R.A.) that he turned towards his sister's house and on hearing them recite the Quraan, he beat his sister and her husband so severely that they collapsed. They told him that they would rather prefer death than give up Islam. At their unshaken attitude, Hazrat Umar (R.A.) calmed down and asked to hear what they were reading. When he heard the recital of the Quraan, he decided to become a Muslim.

With the unsheathed sword still in his hand, he turned towards Darul-Arqaam. On arriving at the house of Hazrat Arqaam (R.A.) Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) enquired about Hazrat Umar (R.A.)'s intention, while Hazrat Hamzah (R.A.) and other companions stood warily to meet any ill-intended move by Hazrat Umar (R.A.). But when they heard that he had come to Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) to accept Islam, they were so overwhelmed and overjoyed that their cry of 'Allah is Great'  echoed throughout the valleys and mountains of Safaa. This was the sixth year of Nubuwwat.

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