To what do you invite people?
Our prophet said, “I invite people to believe in one Allah, who has no partner or match and the fact that Muhammad (’alaihis-salâm) is His born slave and prophet, to abandon worshipping some pieces of stone which does not hear or see and who do not know who worship them or not.” Upon this, Khâlid bin Sa’îd immediately became Muslim by saying, “I, too, testify that there is no god but Allah and again I testify that you are His prophet.” His becoming Muslim made our Prophet very happy. After him, his wife, Umayya, was honored by becoming Muslim too. Hadrat Khâlid bin Sa’îd wanted his brothers to become Muslims and made many efforts for that. Of them, ’Umar bin Sa’îd had become Muslim too. When his father, Abû Uhayha, who was a vehement foe of Islam, learned that Khâlid and ‘Umar became Muslims and that they performed ritual prayers at a solitary place in Mecca, sent his non-Muslim sons to bring them to him. Then, he told them to abandon their new religion. He started scolding them and beating them. Then, he told Khâlid bin Sa’îd, “Have you become subject to Muhammad? However, you see that he contravenes his own people. He insults our idols and ancestors by what he brought.” When Hadrat Khâlid bin Sa’îd said, “I swear to Allah that Muhammad ’alaihis-salâm tells the truth. I have become subject to him. I die, but I will not leave my religion!” his father became even more angry. He beat him with a stick until it was broken, then he said, “O my bad son! Go wherever you want. I swear that I will not give you any bread!” Hadrat Khâlid said, “If you cut my allowance, surely, Allahu ta’âlâ will grant me my food.” His father threatened his other sons by saying, “If any one of you speaks with him, I will do to you what I did not do to him.” He imprisoned Hadrat Khâlid in the cellar of the house. He left him without food and water for three days in the heat of Mecca.
Hadrat Khâlid bin Sa’îd found an opportunity and escaped from his father. His father contracted a serious disease. Abû Uhayha, out of his enmity towards Islam, was saying, from his bed, “If I get rid of the illness and stand up, everyone in Mecca will worship our idols. No one will be able to worship other than them.” Hadrat Khâlid, to end his father’s enmity towards Islam and not to harm his Muslim brothers, invoked that, “O my Allah who created the worlds! Do not make my father recover from this illness.” Janâb-i Haqq accepted his invocation; Abû Uhayha could not recover and he died.
Mus’ab bin Umayr’s conversion to Islam
Mus’ab belonged to one of the noble and rich families of the Quraysh. When he heard the blessed words of our Prophet alaihis-salâm, a great love arose in his heart. He longed for seeing him. In the end, he went to Dâr-ul-Arkâm and became Muslim. Hearing that, his mother and his father began to torment him, too. To make him abandon his religion, they imprisoned him in the cellar of their house. They left him hungry and thirsty for days. In the burning sun of Arabia, they made heavy and unbearable tortures on him. However, Hadrat Mus’ab bin Umayr endured these heavy and merciless torments and he did not give up Islam.
Hadrat Mus’ab, before becoming Muslim, due to the riches his family, was brought up in wealth and abundance. Everyone wanted to be like him. When he became Muslim, his family deprived him of everything and tortured him. One day, Mus’ab bin Umayr, who endured every difficulty for the sake of his religion, went to the presence of our Master Rasûlullah. Hadrat Ali related his coming as follows, “We were sitting with Rasûlullah. At that moment, Mus’ab bin Umayr came. He had patched clothes on. He was in a pitiable state. When Rasûlullah sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam saw his situation, his blessed eyes filled with tears. In spite of the poverty and torments Mus’ab endured, he did not abandon his religion. Upon this, Rasûlullah said, “Look at this person whose heart is enlightened by Allahu ta’âlâ. I had seen that his parents nourished him with the best of food and drink. The love of Allahu ta’âlâ and His Messenger turned him into that state which you see.”