First Muslims

After the first revelation to our Master, the Prophet (sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam) came, the first person who became Muslim was our mother Hadrat Khadîja. Without any hesitation, she embraced Islam and was honored by being the first Muslim. Our Master, the Prophet, taught our mother Hadrat Khadîja to perform ritual ablution as Hadrat Jabrâil (Archangel Gabriel) taught him. Then, our Master, the Prophet became imâm and they performed a ritual prayer of two rakats. Our mother Hadrat Khadîja perfectly obeyed every word, every order of our Master, the Prophet. Owing to that, she attained very high degrees before Allahu ta’âlâ. Whenever our Master Rasûlullah was sad, tormented by the insults of the infidels, she would soothe him. She would say, “O Rasûlullah! Don’t be sorry. Don’t be sad. In the end, our religion will gain strength, the polytheists will be exhausted. Your nation will obey you…” Due to her support, one day Hadrat Jabrâil came and said, “O Rasûlullah! Inform Khadîja of Allahu ta’âlâ’s greetings.” Our Master, the Prophet said, “O Khadîja! Jabrâil (‘alaihis-salâm’) is conveying the greetings of Allahu ta’âlâ to you.”
Our Master, the Prophet once said, “Allahu ta’âlâ commanded me to give Khadîja the glad tidings of a house made of pearl in Paradise, where there is no illness, sadness or headache.”
After Hadrat Khadîja, the next person who became Muslim among adults was Hadrat Abû Bakr, one of the close friends of our Master Rasûlullah. Hadrat Abû Bakr had seen a dream twenty years before: “The full moon from the sky descended, came to the Kâ’ba, was divided into pieces, each piece of the moon fell over a house in Mecca, then these pieces came together and ascended to the sky again. The piece which fell over Abû Bakr’s house did not ascend. Having seen the event, Hadrat Abû Bakr had shut the door as if he prevented this piece of the moon from going out.”
Abû Bakr woke up in excitement, in the morning; he went to one of the Jewish scholars and told him his dream. That scholar replied, “This is one of the complex dreams, so it can not be interpreted.” But this dream remained in his mind and he was not satisfied by the reply of the Jewish scholar. Once, when he was on his way for trade, he dropped by the region of priest Bahîra. When he asked for the interpretation of his dream from the priest Bahîra, Bahîra asked, “Where are you from?” When Hadrat Abû Bakr said he was from Quraysh, Bahîra said, “A prophet will appear there. His light of guidance will reach all over Mecca. During his life, you will be his minister, after his death, his caliph.” Hadrat Abû Bakr was astounded by this reply. He did not tell anybody his dream and its interpretations until our Master, the Prophet announced his prophethood.
When Muhammad (’alaihis-salâm) announced his prophethood, Hadrat Abû Bakr ran to our Master, the Prophet. He asked, “Prophets have proofs of their prophethoods. What is your proof?” In his reply, our Master, the Prophet said, “The proof of my prophethood is the dream that you asked for an interpretation from a Jewish scholar. That scholar said “It is one of the complex dreams, it can not be interpreted”. Then, the priest Bahîra interpreted it correctly.” Addressing Hadrat Abû Bakr, he said, “O Abâ Bakr! I invite you to believe in Allah and His Messenger.”
Upon this, Hadrat Abû Bakr became Muslim by saying, “I testify that you are the Messenger of Allahu ta’âlâ, your prophoothood is true and a nûr which enlightens the world.”
In another narration, before prophethood was revealed to our Master, the Prophet, Hadrat Abû Bakr had gone to Yemen for trade. On his journey, he met an old person of the Azd tribe, who had read many books. When this old person looked at Hadrat Abû Bakr and said, “I think you are of Meccan people.” Hadrat Abû Bakr replied, “Yes, I am.” and this conversation took place between them:
– Are you from Quraysh?
– Yes!
– Of Banî Tamîm?
– Yes!
– There is one more sign remaining.
– What is it?
– Open your abdomen. Let me see it.
– What is your purpose with this, tell me?
– I have read in the books that a prophet will come in Mecca. Two persons will help him. One of them is young, the other one is old. The young one turns many difficulties into ease, wards off many troubles. And the old one is white-skinned, slim-waisted and has a black mole on his abdomen. I suppose, that one is you. Uncover your abdomen and let me see it.
Upon this Hadrat Abû Bakr showed his blessed abdomen and when he saw the black mole over his navel, he said, “I swear, that is you!” and legated him many things.
After Hadrat Abû Bakr had finished his work, he went to the old man to bid farewell and wanted him to say a few couplets about our Prophet. Upon that, the old man recited twelve couplets and Hadrat Abû Bakr memorized them.

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