Hadrat Talha bn Ubaidullah t
The Prophet’s Companion in Paradise
Bismillahi wa salatu wa salamu ala Rasulillah wa ‘ala jami’il ambiyai wal-mursalin wa ‘ala ahlihi wa sahabihi ajmain, amin.
To the noble companion Talha bn Ubaidullah (radiAllahu ‘anh) a business trip to Syria close to the pronouncement of Hadrat Muhammad’s prophethood was more than a trading venture, for the trip led to his success in this world and the next. History recorded him as one of the most promising youths of Mecca. In the course of business transaction in the busy market of Busra, Syria, and old man renown for his piety and abstinence from the world called Talha and gave him the blissful news that a man named Ahmad would appear in Mecca, a prophet of Allah and the last of His messengers. He further informed that the prophet would later live the land of Mecca for a land of black soil, abundant water and palm trees.
Hadrat Talha like others whose souls had been craving for water in the spiritual desert of Mecca and environs could not wait further in Syria. He hurried home to experience the reality of the new faith that would rekindle spiritual lights in the hearts of men and put off the fire of barbarism, injustice and extreme perversity that had been the lot of people.
On his arrival at home, the first question put forward to his family is ‘Did anything spectacular happen in Makkah while I was away?’. ‘Yes’, they replied, ‘Muhammad the son of Abdullah declared himself a prophet, denying our idols and professing one Absolute God, Abu Quhafah’s son (Abubakr) has taken to his new faith.’
‘I used to know Abubakr’, Hadrat Talha replied, ‘he is easy going, amiable and gentle man. He is an honesty and upright trader. We were quite fond of him and loved sitting in his company because of his knowledge of Quraysh history and genealogy.
Talha (radiAllahu ‘anh) took a step closer to faith by visiting his respected acquaintances Abubakr Siddiq (radiAllahu ‘anh).
When the question of prophethood of Rasulullah Muhammad (alaihi ‘s-salam) was put to Hadrat Abubakr (radiAllahu ‘anh) he promptly confirmed the truth explaining the essence of the faith to Hadrat Talha. He listened with rapt attention to the explanation of Abubakr before revealing his strange encounter with the ascetic of Busra. Talha’s story shocked Hadrat Abubakr (radiAllahu ‘anh) to the marrow and with a face lit with joy of faith he took Talha to the Prophet (alaihi ‘s-salam). The exalted Prophet listened with joy as Talha recounted his experience in Syria. The Prophet thereafter explained the Islamic truth to Talha who embraced the religion there and then. He was the fourth person introduced to Islam by Abubakr Siddiq (radiAllahu ‘anh). Continue Reading