Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Conversation between Emperor of Byzantine and Abu Sufiyan

These are my favorite dialogues from Series Omar which occurred between the character of “Abu Sufiyan” (The Companion of Prophet Mohammed – May Allah’s Peace & Blessing be upon Him) and the Emperor of Byzantine. Before accepting Islam Abu Sufiyan was merchant. This scenario is based on those days when Prophet Mohammed (May Allah’s Peace & Blessing be upon Him) had started sending invitation of Islam (Dawa) to Kings, Rulers and Tribe leaders from all over the world to accept Islam and stop idol worshiping and associating partners with Allah (God). Abu Sufiyan was on Byzantine for trade and considering that he belongs to Arab, same place where Prophet belongs. King of Byzantine called him and questioned him about the character of Prophet Mohammed (May Allah’s Peace & Blessing be upon Him).


Here’s the most logical and heart touching conversation…

Emperor of Byzantine:
This man among you who claims to be a prophet, who of you is the closest relation to?
Abu Sufiyan:
I am.
Emperor of Byzantine:
Come forward. Let your friends stand behind you. I am going to enquire about this man. If you friend here tells me a lie, point out that he is lying. What sort of lineage has he?

Abu Sufiyan:
He is of distinguished lineage among us.

Emperor of Byzantine:
Has anyone of you ever made such as claim before?

Abu Sufiyan:
No

Emperor of Byzantine:
Was any of his ancestors a King?

Abu Sufiyan:
No.

Emperor of Byzantine:
Who follows him: your leaders or the weaker elements?

Abu Sufiyan:
The majority are the weaker elements.

Emperor of Byzantine:
Are they increasing or decreasing?

Abu Sufiyan:
They are on the increase.

Emperor of Byzantine:
Does any of them turn away from his faith after accepting it?

Abu Sufiyan:

No.
Emperor of Byzantine:
Did you ever accuse him of lying before he made this claim?

Abu Sufiyan:
No
Emperor of Byzantine:
Does he resort of treachery?

Abu Sufiyan:
No. But we now have a truce with him and we do not know how he will honor it.

Emperor of Byzantine:
Did you fight him?

Abu Sufiyan:
Yes

Emperor of Byzantine:
How did the fight between you go?

Abu Sufiyan:
Our war with him is even. Sometimes he wins; sometimes we win.

Emperor of Byzantine:
What does he advocate?

Abu Sufiyan:
He says: worship God alone and associate no partners with him. He tells us to abandon what our forefathers believed. He commands us to pray, pay zakat...

Emperor of Byzantine:

You have mentioned that he is of distinguished ancestry, and this is the case with all prophets. Since you say that no one else has made similar claims, it cannot be said that he is imitating anyone. You also denied that any of his forefather was a king. This means that he is not a claimant of a kingdom. You said that he was not known to tell a lie before he made his claim. Well, I know that he would not start by lying to God. The majority of this followers are the weaker elements. This is the case with all God's messengers. His followers are on the increase. Such is the case with faith, until it is completed. No one turns away from his religion after having embraced it. This is a characteristic of faith when it light shines in people's hearts. He is not treacherous; so are all God's messengers. You also answered me that he calls on you to believe in God's oneness, refrain from worshipping idols. It what you have told me is true, then he will have the supremacy right here where I stand. Here is a letter from him. Read it an aloud for these people.

Letter from Rasol Allah (May Allah’s Peace & Blessing be upon Him).

In the name of God, the lord of Grace, the Ever-Merciful. From Mohammad, God's messenger to Heraclius, the Byzantine ruler.


Peace be to those who follow right guidance. I call on you to believe in Islam. Adopt Islam and you will be safe, and God will give you a double reward. If you decline, you shall bear responsibility for the Arians. 

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