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Jewish Rabbi in Yathrab (old madina)

Al-Husayn ibn Sailam was a Jewish rabbi in Yathrib who was widely respected and honoured by the people of the city even by those who were not Jewish. He was known for his piety and goodness, his upright conduct and his truthfulness.

Al-Husayn lived a peaceful and gentle life but he was serious, purposeful and organized in the way he spent his time. For a fixed period each day, he would worship, teach and preach in the temple.

Then he would spend some time in his orchard, looking after date palms, pruning and pollinating. Thereafter, to increase his understanding and knowledge of his religion, he would devote himself to the study of the Torah.

In this study, it is said he was particularly struck by some verses of the Torah which dealt with the coming of a Prophet (alayhis ‘salam) who would complete the message of previous Prophets. Al-Husayn therefore took an immediate and keen interest when he heard reports of the appearance of a Noble Prophet (Salla Allahu ta’ala ‘alayhi wa Sallam) in Makkah.

He said: “When I heard of the appearance of the Messenger of Allah, Salla Allahu ta’ala ‘alayhi wa Sallam, I began to make enquiries about His name, His genealogy, His characteristics, His time and place and I began to compare this information with what is contained m our books. From these enquiries, I became convinced about the authenticity of His Prophethood and I affirmed the truth of His mission. However, I concealed my conclusions from the Jews. I held my tongue

Then came the day when the Noble Prophet (Salla Allahu ta’ala ‘alayhi wa Sallam), left Makkah and headed for Yathrib. When he reached Yathrib and stopped at Quba, a man came rushing into the city, calling out to people and announcing the arrival of the Noble Prophet (Salla Allahu ta’ala ‘alayhi wa Sallam) . At that moment, I was at the top of a palm tree doing some work.

My aunt, Khalidah bint al-Harith, was sitting under the tree. On hearing the news, I shouted:

‘Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! (God is Great! God is Great!’ When my aunt heard my takbir, she remonstrated with me: ‘May God frustrate you…By God, if you had heard that Moses (alayhis ‘salam) was coming you would not have been more enthusiastic.’ ‘Auntie, He is really, by God, the ‘Brother’ of Moses (alayhis ‘salam) and follows His religion. He was sent with the same mission as Moses (alayhis ‘salam) .’ She was silent for a while and then said: ‘Is he the Noble Prophet about whom you spoke to us who would be sent to confirm the truth preached by previous (Prophets – alayhimus ‘salam) ) and complete the Message of His Lord?’ ‘Yes,’ I replied.

Without any delay or hesitation, I went out to meet the Noble Prophet (Salla Allahu ta’ala ‘alayhi wa Sallam). I saw crowds of people at His door. I moved about in the crowds until I reached close to Him. The first words I heard Him say:

‘O people! Spread peace…Share food…Pray during the night while people (normally) sleep… and you will enter Paradise in peace…’ I looked at Him closely. I scrutinized Him and was convinced that His face was not that of an imposter. I went closer to Him and made the declaration of faith that there is no God but Allah and that Muhammad (Salla Allahu ta’ala ‘alayhi wa Sallam) is the Messenger of Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala). The Noble Prophet (Salla Allahu ta’ala ‘alayhi wa Sallam) turned to me and asked: ‘What is your name?’ ‘Al-Husayn ibn Sailam,’ I replied.

‘Instead, it is (now) Abdullah ibn Sallam,’ He said (giving me a new name). ‘Yes,’ I agreed. ‘Abdullah ibn Sailam (it shall be). By Him who has sent You with the Truth, I do not wish to have another name after this day.’

Compared to the wahabi king saud this man who was a Jew is superior in faith and love for the Noble prophet (Salla Allahu ta’ala ‘alayhi wa Sallam). After being named by the Noble Prophet (Salla Allahu ta’ala ‘alayhi wa Sallam), he did not wish to change his name after that day.

Yathrib was the name given to Saudi Arabia by the Noble Prophet Muhammad Salla Allahu ta’ala ‘alayhi wa Sallam and King saud changed the name of Yathrib to Saudi Arabia because his faith in ibn abdul wahab najdi and his love for worldly fame were stronger. Shame on him