The letters of the prophet Muhammad (SM) (Part-9)



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8. A Letter to the King of 'Oman, Jaifer, and his Brother 'Abd Al-Jalandi

"In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
From Muhammad bin 'Abdullah to Jaifer and 'Abd Al-Jalandi.

Peace be upon him who follows true guidance; thereafter I invite both of you to the Call of Islam. Embrace Islam. Allah has sent me as a Prophet to all His creatures in order that I may instil fear of Allah in the hearts of His disobedient creatures so that there may be left no excuse for those who deny Allah. If you two accept Islam, you will remain in command of your country; but if you refuse my Call, you've got to remember that all your possessions are perishable. My horsemen will appropriate your land, and my Prophethood will assume preponderance over your kingship."

'Amr bin Al-'As, who was chosen to carry the letter, narrated the following story that happened before he was admitted into the audience of Jaifer.

"When I arrived in 'Oman I contacted 'Abd, who was known to be more mild-tempered than his brother:

'Amr: I am the messenger of Allah's Prophet coming to see both, you and your brother.

'Abd: You have to see my brother and read to him the letter you are carrying. He is my senior in both age and kingship. Incidentally, what is the purport of your mission?

'Amr: The Prophet calls upon you to believe in Allah Alone with no associate, discard any other deities and testify to the slavehood and Messengership of Muhammad.

'Abd: O 'Amr! You come from a noble family, but first of all, tell me what was your father's attitude concerning this Faith? You know, we used to follow his steps.

'Amr: Death overtook him before believing in Muhammad's mission; I wish now he had embraced Islam and been truthful to it before his death. I myself had adopted the same attitude until Allah guided me towards Islam.

'Abd: When did you embrace Islam?
'Amr: When I was at Negus's court. By the way, the latter did also enter into the fold of Islam.
'Abd: What was his people's reaction?
'Amr: They approved of him and followed his steps.
'Abd: The bishops and monks?

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