Suhaib bin Sinan - The Man Who Bought Himself
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Kaan Ya Makaan, Fee Qadeem Al-Zamaan…
There was a Place, in Times of Old…

Where a young man named Suhaib bin Sinan raced through the desert in a desperate panic. He was fleeing from Mecca to Al-Madinah because he couldn’t take any more of the torture and torment that the people of Quraish rained down on whoever had the audacity to become a Muslim.

To add insult to injury, as far as his tormenters were concerned, Suhaib was a former Roman slave who had used his cleverness and skills to win his freedom and become a very rich man. The idea of Suhaib fleeing Mecca with all his wealth, in addition to his life, was more than the men who now hunted him could stand.

Eventually, Suhaib’s pursuers managed to catch up to him and they thought happily of how they would punish him before they killed him for putting them through such trouble. Bravely, Suhaib turned at bay, strung his bow and promised to kill as many men as he had arrows. He also told the now-hesitant men that when his arrows ran out, he had a sword he would use to sell his life dearly.

"We will not allow you to get away!" they cried out in biting tones, "You came to Mecca as a penniless slave and now you think to leave Mecca a rich man?!"

"Why not make a bargain?" Suhaib called out as sweat ran down his face in streams, dripping into his eyes and threatening to spoil his aim, "I will tell you where my gold is hidden and in return, you let me go in peace. Do you accept?"

There was a brief buzz of conversation as the men weighed the very real possibility of their death against the gold they knew Suhaib had earned, and clearly did not have on his person. Almost as one they called back to Suhaib: "Yes!!"

"Then return to Mecca, go to my house, and dig up the floor. You will find all of the gold there," said the honest fugitive as he held his breath and hoped the men would hold up their end of the bargain just as he had.

Sneering and casting insults at their would-be prey, the men all wheeled about and raced one another back to Mecca, eager to be the first to reach Suhaib's house and unearth the fortune he had left behind.

Sighing in relief, Suhaib lowered and unstrung his bow, put away his arrows and turned his face towards Al-Madinah Al-Munawara. Soon, he told himself, soon he would be in Al-Madinah and he would be safe and he would see the Prophet Muhammad PBUH and all the Muslims who had already escaped from Mecca.

Despite his exhaustion, Suhaib set out across the scorching desert sands with a light heart and equally light steps. The faster he went, the sooner he would get there. With that idea resonating through his mind, Suhaib began to run. Soon, each breath and footfall seemed to echo, soon.

After a long and hard journey Suhaib finally made it to Al-Madinah. Word quickly spread of his safe arrival and Muhammad PBUH hurried out to meet him. As soon as the two friends saw each other they smiled.

"A winning bargain, Abu Yahya!" Muhammad PBUH called out to Suhaib as he approached him, "It was a winning bargain!"

Startled but not surprised, Suhaib laughed and called back, "Only Jibreel (the angel Gabriel) could have told you of the bargain I struck!"

Muhammad PBUH and the Sahaba happily surrounded Suhaib and embraced him, joyfully congratulating him on his safe arrival.

Many of the Sahaba rushed to tell the awed and deeply honored Suhaib of a new verse of the Quran that mentioned the bargain he had made: "And from the people there is one who buys himself, wishing for God's approval, and God is kind/merciful towards his worshippers" [Surat: Al-Baqara (البقرة), Ayah: 207].

"وَمِن النَّاسِ مَن يَشْرِى نَفْسَهُ ابْتِغَآءَ مَرْضَاتِ اللهِ وَاللهُ رَؤوفُ بِالْعِبَادِ"

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  1. Names, Translations and Aliases:
    • Muhammad : خاتم الأنبياء الرسول محمد صلى الله عليه و سلم
    • Suhaib bin Sinan: صُهيب بن سِنان أبو يحيى النمري.
  2. Sahaba (In English: Companions): those who accompanied the Prophet Muhammad to aid him and learn from him then pass on their knowledge i.e. apostles and disciples.

  1. Al-Basha, Abd-Al-Rahman. (1974 AD, 1394 H). صور من حياة الصحابة [Brief Stories of the (Prophet's) Companions' Lives] (10th Ed). Cairo: Islamic Literature House (For Pub. & Dist.). Volume I. Page 193-200.
  2. Al-Dhahabi, A. (2004 AD). سير أعلام النبلاء [Biographies of Notable Nobles]. Beirut: International Ideas Home. Volume 2. Page 2037-2039.
  3. Ibn Katheer Al-Dimishqui, Emad Al-Deen (1399 H). مختصر تفسير ابن كثير [Summarized Tafseer Ibn Katheer]. Beirut: Dar Al-Quran Al-Kareem. Volume I. Page 184-185.

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