ABU DHAR AL-GHIFARI [radhiallaahu
In the ninth year of Hijra, the Rasulullah s.a.w was leading an expedition to
Tabuk. One evening as the army was encamping, people saw someone trudging
on, with baggage on his back.
"Who could this fellow be, coming on foot, all by himself?" remarked some of
the men. "It must be Abu Dhar," said the Master. People looked carefully and
shouted out, "O Messenger of Allah! surely this is Abu Dhar!"
"May Allah have mercy on Abu Dhar!" said the Rasulullah s.a.w. "He is a loner.
He is travelling alone, will die in loneliness and will be raised alone on the Day
In the meantime Abu Dhar came up. He explained how his camel had refused to
move, when the expedition left, so he had to come on foot. "You are one of
those whom I miss very much," said the Rasulullah s.a.w. "However, for every
step you have walked, Allah has forgiven a sin of yours."
ACCEPTANCE OF ISLAM
Abu Dhar was one of the earliest converts to Islam. He belonged to the tribe of
Ghifar. This tribe inhabited the country around the trade-route to Syria. Abu
Dhar possessed a very sensitive, inquisitive mind. When he came to know that
the Last Prophet had appeared in Makkah, he sent his brother to the city, saying,
"Ride to that valley and find out the truth about the man who claims to be the
Prophet. Talk to him and report back to me."
The brother obeyed. He talked to different people in Makkah to find out the
message of Islam. Then he went back and said to Abu Dhar, "I have heard the
Prophet tell people to be good and kind. The Book he recites far above poetry."
The report was too brief to satisfy AbuDhar. He himself set out to Makkah.
There he went inside the Kaaba and waited for some one who could take him to
the Prophet. Presently Ali entered the Kaaba. He looked at the stranger but Abu
Dhar did not think it safe to speak out his mind to him. On the second day, the
same thing happened again. On the third day Ali saw the stranger still sitting in
the Kaaba. So he said, "