Hadrat Abû Bakr tells of our Prophet proclaiming his Prophethood
When Hadrat Abû Bakr came back to Mecca, some notable people of Quraysh like Uqba ibni Abî Mu’ayt, Shayba, Abû Jahl and Abu’l Buhtarî came to his home to visit him. Hadrat Abû Bakr asked them, “Has there been any incident that has happened among you?” Then they replied, “Such a strange event happened that Abû Talib’s orphan professes his prophethood and says to us that we, our fathers and grandfathers are of a false religion. If we had not respected you, we would have killed him by now. You are a good friend of his, please solve this problem.”
Hadrat Abû Bakr sent them away and then learned that our Master, the Prophet was in Hadrat Khadîja’s house. He went there and knocked on the door. When our Master, the Prophet met him at the door, he asked of our Prophet, “O Muhammad! What are these rumors about you?” Our Master, the Prophet replied, “I am the Messenger of Haqq ta’âlâ. I have been sent to you and all sons of Adam. Have faith in this, so that you will gain Haqq ta’âlâ’s consent and protect yourself from Hell.” When Hadrat Abû Bakr asked, “What is the proof for this?” Rasûl-i Akram replied, “The story told by the old man you saw in Yemen is the proof.”
Hadrat Abû Bakr said, “I saw many young and old men in Yemen.” Our Master, the Prophet said in his reply, “The old man who entrusted to you twelve couplets and sent them to me.” and recited all the twelve couplets. When Hadrat Abû Bakr asked, “Who informed you of this?” our Prophet said, “The angel who brought news to the Prophets who came before me.” As soon as our Prophet said this, he held our Prophet’s blessed hand and became Muslim by saying, “Ash-hadu an lâ ilâha illallah wa ashhadu anna Muhammadan abduhu wa rasûluh.”
With having such a great joy that he had for the first time in his life, Hadrat Abû Bakr came back to his home as being a Muslim. As a matter of fact, it was declared in a hadîth-i sharîf, “To whomever I offered the belief, he would grimace and doubtfully look at my face. Only Abû Bakr-i Siddîq did not hesitate to accept the belief.”
One day, Hadrat Alî saw Our Master, the Prophet and our mother Hadrat Khadîja while they were performing ritual prayer. He was ten or twelve years old. After the ritual prayer, he asked, “What is this?” Our Master Rasûlullah (sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam) said, “This is the religion of Allahu ta’âlâ. I invite you to this religion. Allahu ta’âlâ is One. He does not have a partner. I invite you to believe in Allah who is One and has no partner and likeness…” Hadrat Alî said, “Let me consult with my father firstly.” Rasûlullah told him, “If you do not embrace Islam, do not tell anyone this secret!” Next morning, Hadrat Alî came to the presence of Rasûlullah and said, “O Rasûlullah! Teach Islam to me!” and became Muslim. Hadrat Alî is the third person who became Muslim. His self-sacrifices that he made for the sake of our Master Rasûl-i Akram and preferring our Prophet over himself are praiseworthy.
Zayd bin Hârisa was one of the people who initially became Muslim. He was honored by becoming the fourth Muslim just after Hadrat Khadîja, Hadrat Abû Bakr and Hadrat Alî and the first Muslim among the emancipated slaves. His wife Ummu Ayman also became Muslim with him.
Hadrat Abû Bakr, when he became Muslim, went to his beloved friends immediately. He persuaded them to embrace Islam, too. Significant among such notable people of the Ashâb-i kirâm, were ’Uthman bin Affân, Talhâ bin Ubaydullah, Zubayr bin Awwâm, Abdurrahmân bin Awf, Sa’d bin Abî Waqqas, were also each notables in their own tribes. These eight people who became Muslim after our mother Hadrat Khadîja were called Sâbiqûn-i Islâm, that is, the early Muslims.
Hadrat ’Uthmân narrated how he became Muslim as follows, “I had a maternal aunt, who was a soothsayer. One day, I had visited her. She said, ‘A lady will be allotted to you as your wife. Before her, you will have not had any wife and she will have not had any husband. She will be pious, beautiful faced, and daughter of a great prophet.’ I was astounded by my aunt’s words. Again, she said to me, ‘A prophet has come. The revelations descended from the heavens to him. I said, ‘O my aunt! That secret has not been heard in the city. So, clarify this word.’ Then, my aunt said, ‘The prophethood has come to Muhammad bin Abdullah. He will invite the people to religion. Soon, the world will be enlightened by his religion and the opponents to him will be beheaded.’
The words of my maternal aunt affected me very much. I was concerned. There was a great friendship between me and Hadrat Abû Bakr. All the time, we were together. To discuss this matter, I went to Hadrat Abû Bakr. When I told him my aunt’s words, he said, ‘O ’Uthmân! You are a reasonable person. How can several pieces of stone, which do not see, nor hear; which can not do favor nor can harm anybody, deserve to be worshipped?’ I said, “You are telling the truth. My aunt’s words are correct.”
After conveying Islam to him, Hadrat Abû Bakr brought Hadrat ’Uthmân to the presence of our Master who is the Prophet of human beings and genies. Our beloved Prophet said to Hadrat ’Uthman, “O ’Uthman! Haqq ta’âlâ invites you to be a guest in Heaven. And you accept this invitation. I have been sent to all people as a guide of the right way.” Having been entranced by Rasûlullah’s high states and words which he said with a smiling face, Hadrat ’Uthmân became Muslim with a great submission by eagerly saying, “Ash-hadu an lâ ilâha illallah wa ashhadu anna Muhammadan abduhu wa rasûluh.”
In the first three years of his prophethood, our Master Rasûlullah invited people to Islam secretly. People would become Muslims slowly. During that time, the number of Muslims could only reach thirty. They would do worship in their homes and they would memorize the verses of the Qur’ân al-karîm secretly.