2013/04/07

The secret call to Islam and the importance of gifts

Khālid ibn Sa`īd ibn al-As or Khalid ibn Sa`d ibn al-`As al-Amawi (Arabic: خالد بن سعيد‎) was a companion to prophet Muhammad peace be upon him and he had a daughter called Umm Khalid, as she had a son that she called Khalid - after her father.

The era of secret call to Islam was the time when Khalid ibn Said converted to Islam. He was like us today. He had a father that was not listening to what people said about God. His father continued to follow the traditions of his family and the society. He didn't have integrity and courage nor faith to change his life and his mindset, but his son, Khalid, was a sensible person and he followed his dreams.

The dream said that if you follow our fathers wish, you will not be happy. So, he turned to the only person that he knew was not like others, a person that seemed foolish when he went against the authority of the society. He talked to the man that was not conventional, accepted as authority, rather this person was against the society.

 Society didn't like him as he didn't do as he was told to do. Khalid must have trusted in the prophet because he asked him for guidance. If he had prayed before that we cannot know, but he wanted answers on how to live he life. Counselling for a matter of fact. This was the time when Khalid accepted and followed the advice of the prophet Muhammad peace be upon him and he did what he was asked to do.

Khalid bin Said. Hazrat Khalid was a leading figure of the Quraysh and belonged to a rich family.

One night, Khalid bin Said, who had extensive knowledge of Arab literature, saw in his dream that our Holy Prophet (PBUH) rushed to save him when his father wanted to throw him into the pits of Hell.

He woke up screaming. Hazrat Khalid understood that such a clear dream could not be meaningless. He said, “By God, this dream is true”, and without losing time, he quickly ran to Abu Bakr. Abu Bakr said, “I hope the best for you. The Messenger of God is going to save you. Quickly go and subject yourself to him! You are going to follow him, convert to Islam, and then be with him. And he is going to save you ( by the fact that you follow his advice) from falling into Hell as you saw in your dream.”

Hazrat Khalid quickly went to our Holy Prophet (PBUH) and asked, “Oh Muhammad! What do you call people to do?”

Our Holy Prophet (PBUH) said, “I call people to believe in God, who is One and does not have a partner, to believe that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger, and to forgo worshipping certain pieces of rock that cannot hear, cannot see, cannot benefit nor harm, and are unaware of those who worship and who do not worship them.”

Hazrat Khalid carefully listened to these words with respect and immediately recited the testimony of faith (shahada): “I testify that you are God’s Messenger!” (1)

Our Holy Prophet (PBUH) was immensely happy that this individual had entered the circle of Islam.

Hazrat Khalid began to mention Islam to other people in his family and around as soon as he became Muslim. A while later, his wife Umayna, also joined the ranks of Muslims.

Khalid had a daughter and she once had a garment as a gift that she was given from the prophet Muhammad peace be upon him.

She must have been very proud of being thought of because she told people about it. It is Sunnah to give people presents as it increase the love for the other and also friendship.

"Umm Khalid said, "Some clothes, including a black khamisa (an outer garment made of silk or wool fabric) were brought to the prophet peace be upon him, whereupon he said, "What do you think whom we should give this khamisa to wear?" The listeners kept silent. Then he said, "bring me Umm Khalid." Umm Khalid said, "I was brought to the prophet peace be upon him who dressed me the garment with his own hands and said twice, Wear it out." (Narrated by al-Bukhari).

What we can understand of this was that the prophet preferred to give new clothes to people he wanted to have good kinship with. As umm Khalid was his friend he must have thought of giving something to one of his most beloved family members - his daughter.

Narrated Um Khalid:(the daughter of Khalid bin Said) I went to Allah's Apostle with my father and I was Wearing a yellow shirt. Allah's Apostle said, "Sanah, Sanah!" ('Abdullah, the narrator, said that 'Sanah' meant 'good' in the Ethiopian language). I then started playing with the seal of Prophethood (a mark in between the Prophet's shoulders) and my father rebuked me harshly for that. Allah's Apostle said. "Leave her," and then Allah's Apostle (invoked Allah to grant me a long life) by saying (thrice), "Wear this dress till it is worn out and then wear it till it is worn out, and then wear it till it is worn out." (The narrator adds, "It is said that she lived for a long period, wearing that (yellow) dress till its color became dark because of long wear.")

Questions that rise is how old she was when she was brought to him, where she lived and how she was dressed normally. Probably she was a little girl and her father was wealthy and inspite of this she didn't choose to wear a lot of new clothes every season. She lived a long life and wore the same garments we can assume, at least the garments she was given from the prophet, they were special for her and she kept it as a reminder and it felt good every time she wore it or saw it. We shall not keep things that are in excess and we shall keep things that are nice to see or wear. That will make us feel good.