The Prophet's (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) Letter to Heraclus.

For the past two editions we have been narrating the story of the Heraclius, Abu Sufyan and the Muslims who migrated to the land of the Heraclius. This edition insha Allaah we bring you the concluding part of the story. Enjoy it! Abu Sufyan added. Heraclius then asked for the letter of the Messenger of Allaah [peace and blessings of AIIaah be upon him] and it was read. Its contents were: "I begin with the name of Allaah, the most Beneficent the most Merciful (This letter is) from Muhammad the slave of Allaah, and His Messenger, to Heraclius, the Ruler of the Byzantine. Peace be upon the followers of guidance. I invite you to Islam (i.e. surrender to Allah). Accept Islam and you will be safe; accept Islam and Allah will bestow on you a double reward. But if you reject this invitation of Islam, you shall be responsible for misguiding the peasants (i.e. your nation). 

O people of the Scriptures! Come to a word common between you and us, that we worship Allah, and that we associate nothing in worship with Him; and that none of us shall take others as gods besides Allah. Then if they turn away, say: Bear witness that we are they who have surrendered (unto Him)" [03.64]  Abu sufyan added, When Heraclius had finished his speech, there was a great hue and cry caused by the Byzantine dignitaries surrounding him, and there was so much noise that I did not understand what they said. So, we were ordered out of the court. When I went out with my companions and we were alone, I said to them, "Verily, Ibn Abi Kabshas (i.e. the Prophets) affair has gained power. This is the King of Bani AI-Asfar fearing him." Abu sufyan added: By Allaah, I became surer and surer that his Deen would be victorious tin I ended up accepting Islam. (Bukhari #2782)

Concluded.

 

This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

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