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Hazrat Tufail bin Dausi (R.A)

When Islam started to propagate, many Missionaries and Mujahedeen were sent even further afield, throughout the globe to preach the True word.

Some tribes were satisfied to accept Islam at the hands of these missionaries whilst others desired to directly embrace it on the blessed hands of Rasoolullah (S.A.W). Hence, people acting as delegates from their respective tribes came to Madina Shareef (after hearing the Message) and accepted Islam at the hands of the Prophet (S.A.W) himself, thereafter returning to their tribes to make Muslims as well.

Hazrat Tufail bin Dausi (R.A) was the spokesman of one of this delegation and had accepted Islam before the Hijrat (Migration). The incident of his (R.A) embracing Islam is as follows; He (R.A) was a distinguished poet and was once told by the Kuffaar of the Quraish while coming to Makkah, “Be careful! Don’t meet with Muhammad (S.A.W) nor listen to what he speaks, because his speech has a magic in it. Whoever listens to him leaves his religion, and his ties with his family are severed”, as was the deception of the disbelievers who only wished that none would listen to the Holy Quran.

However one morning, Hazrat Tufail (R.A) proceeded to the Haram of the Kaaba where, incidentally, Rasoolullah (S.A.W) was reciting the Holy Quran whilst performing Fajr Salah. His (R.A) heart was captured instantly upon hearing the eloquence and beautiful recitation of the Holy Quran and followed Rasoolullah (S.A.W) back to His home.

He (R.A) entered the house and sat down to narrate the Quraish’s accusations against him, later exclaiming, “Oath on Allah! (S.W.T) I’ve never listened to anything more eloquent and graceful than the Quran. For the sake of Allah (S.W.T), tell me what is Islam?” Rasoolullah (S.A.W) explained some of the laws to him and invited him to accept Islam, to which he immediately did, and thereafter requested, “O Prophet of Allah! Grant me a sign or miracle through which people may see and verify me when I invite them to Islam.”

Rasoolullah (S.A.W) made Dua that he (R.A) be granted a special Noor (Light), which caused the area between his eyes to be bright similar to a lamp. However, Hazrat Tufail (R.A) desired it to be shifted to his head, and it then did so and was shining brightly.

After returning to his tribe and inviting them towards Islam. Only the parents and wife of Hazrat Tufail (R.A) accepted it, while others became his enemies.

Disappointed and hopeless in the tribe ever accepting Islam, he (R.A) returned to the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) and related his despair, to which he (R.A) was then told, “Go to your tribe and invite them towards Islam very mildly.”

Hazrat Tufail (R.A) then returned to his homeland and continuously called people towards Islam until 70 or 80 families became Muslims. He (R.A) brought these people to Rasoolullah (S.A.W) in Khaibar, where they were also granted a share of the war booty. (Madaarij, Vol. 2, Pg. 370)