Last edition we started with the story of one of the companions of the Prophet [peace and blessings be upon him] who at the beginning of his life was a devoted idol worshipper but later became a Muslim. How did he become a Muslim? We continue from where we stopped in the last edition. He turned to his family and said, I am going to watch over your wealth [property or livestock], so take care of Manaf while I am gone. When he left, they took the idol, broke it, tied a dead dog around it, and threw it into an unused well.
How are you? Amr [RA] asked his family when he returned from his errand. Fine, they said. We have purified our house from filth. By Allaah, I think that you have done ill towards Manaf while I was gone, said Amr. There he is; go find him in the well, they said. He looked into the well and saw what his family had done with Manaf. Without delay, he summoned the members of his subtribe and said, do you not follow that which follow? Yes, you are our chief, they said. Then I make you bear witness that I indeed believe in what has been revealed to Muhammad.
Now let us move forward a few years to the battle of Uhud, so that we can see the complete transformation of Amrs character. Shortly before the army of polytheists and the army of Muslims began the famous battle, the Messenger of Allaah [peace and blessings be upon him] said to his Companions [RA]. Stand up to Paradise, the width of which is [equal to the distance on the heavens and the earth, and it has been prepared for the Muttaqin [the righteous people. Amr [RA], who was physically crippled, struggled to get up and said, By Allaah I will leap up on them [i.e. these weak legs of mine] in Paradise. He then continued to fight until he became martyred.
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited