I wish he held me by the hand that day and explained to me the truth…

Harith-Allah be well-pleased with him, the foster father (Halimah’s husband- Allah be well-pleased with her) of the Blessed Prophet -upon him blessings and peace-, had come to Mecca during the early stages of prophethood to pay a visit to the Prophet. The moment he arrived, he was met by idolaters, who said:

“Haven’t you heard, Harith, what your son has been saying?”

“What has he been saying?” asked Harith.

“He has been claiming that Allah will resurrect mankind after death. He is also saying that Allah has two abodes called Heaven and Hell, where He will reward the obedient and punish the rebellious. These claims of his have disrupted our order and split out community!”

Harith eventually arrived next to the Blessed Prophet -upon him blessings and peace- and asked:

“What is this dispute between you and your tribesmen all about, dear? You have them complaining about you. They claim that you assure people that they are to be resurrected after death, where they will be bound for either Heaven or Hell.”

“Yes, dear father”, replied the Blessed Prophet -upon him blessings and peace-. “That is what I believe and say. If only I could hold you by the hand, right now, and explain how true those words are!”

Harith -Allah be well-pleased with him- later became Muslim and, as time went by, began reaping his share from the spiritual core of Islam. After his acceptance of Islam, he would say:

“How I wish he held me by the hand that day and explained to me the truth of his words and not let go until, with the permission of Allah, he ushered me to Paradise!”

(Ibn Ishaq, Sirah, s. 218; Suhayli, Rawd’ul-Unuf, 284-285)

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