Hadrat Abû Zarr-il Ghifâri
In the morning, he again went to Baytullah and sat down. Hadrat Ali invited him to his house again. This time, he asked him why he had come and from where. Hadrat Abû Zarr said, “If you give me an absolute promise to tell the truth, I will tell you.” When Hadrat Ali replied, “Tell me, I will not disclose your secret to anyone.” Abû Zarr-il-Ghifârî said, “I heard that a prophet appeared here. I have come to talk with him and attain his presence.” Hadrat Alî said, “You have found the truth and done a reasonable thing. Now, I am going to that person! Follow me; enter the house which I will enter. If I understand that there is a person on the road who will harm you, I will behave as if I am adjusting my shoes. Then, you will not wait for me and go on walking, passing me by.”
Abû Zarr-il Ghifâri followed Hadrat Alî. Finally, he was honored by seeing the blessed face of our Prophet. And he greeted him by saying, “Assalâmu alaikum.” In Islam, this greeting was the first salâm and Abû Zarr-il Ghifâri was the first person who made salâm. Our Master, the Prophet replied to his salâm and said, “May mercy of Allahu ta’âlâ be upon you.” When our Master, the Prophet, asked him, “Who are you?”, he answered, “I am from the Ghifâr tribe.” Our Prophet asked, “How long have you been here?” He replied, “I have been here for three days and three nights.” “Who gave food to you?” “I could not find any food or drink except zamzam. As long as I drank zamzam, I felt no thirst or hunger.” Our Master, the Prophet said, “Zamzam is blessed. It satiates who he is hungry.” Then Abû Zarr-il Ghifârî told our Master, the Prophet, “Communicate Islam to me.” Our Master, the Prophet recited the Kalima-i Shahâda to him. He repeated and was honored with Islam and became one of the early Muslims.” Hadrat Abû-Zarr-il-Ghifârî, after he became Muslim, told our Prophet, “O Rasûlullah! I swear by Janâb-i-Haqq Who has sent you as a true prophet, I will announce this openly among the polytheists.” He went near the Kâba and with a loud voice he said, “O the Quraysh community! Ash-hadu an lâ ilâha illallah wa ashhadu anna Muhammadan abduhu wa rasûluh (I know and believe as if I saw that there is no god, nobody besides Allahu ta’âlâ, whose existence is necessary and who is worth worshipping and obeying. I know and believe as if I saw that Muhammad ’alaihis-salâm is both a born servant and the Prophet of Allahu ta’âlâ).” Hearing this, the polytheists attacked him immediately. They beat him with stones, sticks and bone pieces and bloodied him. Hadrat Abbâs, seeing this event, said, “Leave this man alone, you will kill him! He is of a tribe which settles on the path where your trade caravan passes. How will you pass there again?” He saved Hadrat Abû Zarr from the polytheists. Abû Zarr was very happy, rejoicing with having been honored by becoming Muslim. The next day, near the Kâba, he recited again the Kalima-i shahâdat with a loud voice. The polytheists beat him up. He fell down. Again Hadrat Abbâs came and saved him from the polytheists.
Our Master, the Prophet sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam commanded Hadrat Abû Zarr-il-Ghifârî to return to his homeland and spread Islam there. Upon this order, he returned to his tribe and he communicated the unity of Allahu ta’âlâ and Muhammad ’alaihis-salâm was His Prophet. He said to them that what he communicated was real and correct; the idols which they worshipped were false, vain and meaningless. Some among the crowd who listened to him started protesting his words. Meanwhile, Haffâf, the chief of the tribe, silenced the shouters and said, “Stop, let us listen and see what he will tell.”