At-Tufayl Ibn Amr Ad-Dawsi

“Then came my wife and I said, “Let me relate my news to you. I am no longer of you and you are not of me.”

“Good heavens! Why so?” she exclaimed.

“Islam has separated us,” I explained. “I have become a Muslim and follow the religion of Muhammad.”

“Your religion is my religion,” she replied.

“Then go and purify yourself, not with the water of Dhu Shara, the idol of the Daws, but with pure water from the mountain . ”

“Good gracious! Do you fear anything from Dhu Shara?”

“Damn Dhu Shara. I told youÑgo and wash there, far away from people. I guarantee you that this dumb stone won’t do a thing to you.”

She went and washed and I explained Islam to her and she became a Muslim. I then invited the Daws as a whole to become Muslims. They were all slow in responding, except Abu Hurayrah. He was the quickest to respond to the invitation of Islam.

The next time I went to Makkah, Abu Hurayrah was with me.

“What have you left behind?” the Prophet asked me.

“Hearts with veils over them obscuring the Truth, and firm disbelief. Sin and disobedience have won over the Daws.”

The Prophet thereupon stood up, made wudu and prayed with his hands raised to the heavens. Abu Hurayrah remarked, “When I saw the Prophet like this, I was afraid that he was praying against my people and that they would be destroyed.”

But the Prophet, upon whom be peace, prayed, “O Lord, guide the Daws, guide the Daws, guide the Daws.” Then he turned to me and said:

“Go back to your people, befriend them, treat them gently and invite them to Islam.”

I stayed in the land of the Daws inviting them to Islam until after the hijrah of the Prophet to Madinah and after the battle of Badr, Uhud and Khandaq had taken place. Then I went to the Prophet. With me were eighty families who had become Muslims and who were strong in their faith. The Prophet was pleased with us and he gave us a portion of the booty after the battle of Khaybar. We said to him, “O Rasulullah, make us the right wing of your army in every battle and make our efforts acceptable.”

Tufayl stayed with the Prophet until the liberation of Makkah. After the destruction of the idols there, Tufayl asked the Prophet to send him to put an end to the worship of Dhu-l Kafayn, the chief idol of his people. The Prophet gave him permission.

Back in Tihama among the Daws, men, women and children of the tribe had gathered and were agitated that the idol was going to be burnt. They were waiting to see if any evil would befall Tufayl should he harm Dhu-l Kafayn. Tufayl approached the idols with the worshippers around it. As he set fire to it, he proclaimed:

“O Dhu-l Kafayn, of your worshippers I certainly am not.

Fire have I inserted into your heart.”

Whatever shirk remained in the Daws tribe went up in the flames that burnt the idol. The whole tribe became Muslims.

Tufayl remained a lieutenant of the Prophet until the noble messenger passed away. Tufayl then placed himself in the service of the Khalifah Abu Bakr, the successor of the Prophet. During the Riddah wars, he led a contingent of his people against the imposter Musaylamah.

In the battle of al-Yamamah that followed, the dear companion of the Prophet, Tufayl ibn Amr fought hard but eventually fell as a martyr on the battlefield.

Scanned from “Companions of The Prophet”, Vol. 1, By: Abdul Wahid Hamid.

Peace and Blessings upon the Prophet, his Family, and his Companions

© 2012 As-Sunnah Foundation of America

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