The sincere search for the truthssssultan2

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    1. 1. ١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤1The Sincere Search For TheTruthThe Sincere Search For TheTruth““If Faith were in the Highest Star,If Faith were in the Highest Star,a people like This man would reacha people like This man would reachit”it”KHALID AL-DOSSARYwww.dawahmemo.comhttp://understand-islam.net/I bear witness that there isI bear witness that there isno deity (none truly to beno deity (none truly to beworshipped) but Allah,worshipped) but Allah,and I bear witness thatand I bear witness thatMohammad is theMohammad is theMessenger of AllahMessenger of Allahhttp://web.youngmuslims.ca/online_library/books/salman_the_persian/index.h
    2. 2. ١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤2I grew up in the town of Isfahan in Persia in theI grew up in the town of Isfahan in Persia in thevillage of Jayyan. My father was the Dihqan or chiefvillage of Jayyan. My father was the Dihqan or chiefof the village. He was the richest person there andof the village. He was the richest person there andhad the biggest house.had the biggest house.The BeginningThe Beginning
    3. 3. ١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤3Since I was a child myfather loved me, morethan he loved any other.As time went by his lovefor me became so strongand overpowering that hefeared to lose me or haveanything happen to me. Sohe kept me at home, aprisoner, in the same waythat young girls were kept..The Overpowering LoveThe Overpowering Love
    4. 4. ١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤4I became devoted to the Magian religionso much so that I attained the position ofcustodian of the fire which weworshipped. My duty was to see that theflames of the fire remained burning andthat it did not go out for a single hour,day or night.The Custodian of The FireThe Custodian of The Fire
    5. 5. ١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤5My father had a vast estate which yielded an abundantsupply of crops. He himself looked after the estate and theharvest. One day he was very busy with his duties asdihqan in the village and he said to me:"My son, as you see, I am too busy to go out to the estatenow. Go and look after matters there for me today."The AssignmentThe Assignment
    6. 6. ١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤6On my way to the estate, I passed a Christian church and theOn my way to the estate, I passed a Christian church and thevoices at prayer attracted my attention. I did not knowvoices at prayer attracted my attention. I did not knowanything about Christianity or about the followers of anyanything about Christianity or about the followers of anyother religion throughout the time my father kept me in theother religion throughout the time my father kept me in thehouse away from people. When I heard the voices of thehouse away from people. When I heard the voices of theChristians I entered the church to see what they were doing.Christians I entered the church to see what they were doing.A different ReligionA different Religion
    7. 7. ١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤7I was impressed bytheir manner of prayingand felt drawn to theirreligion. "By God," Isaid, "this is better thanours. I shall not leavethem until the sun sets."I asked and was told thatthe Christian religionoriginated in Ash’Sham(Greater Syria).The Interest ArisesThe Interest Arises
    8. 8. ١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤8I did not go to my fathers estate that day and at night, II did not go to my fathers estate that day and at night, Ireturned home. My father met me and asked what I had done.returned home. My father met me and asked what I had done.I told him about my meeting with the Christians and how I wasI told him about my meeting with the Christians and how I wasimpressed by their religion. He was dismayed and said:impressed by their religion. He was dismayed and said:"My son, there is nothing good in that religion. Your religion"My son, there is nothing good in that religion. Your religionand the religion of your forefathers is better."and the religion of your forefathers is better.""No, their religion is better than ours," I insisted."No, their religion is better than ours," I insisted.The OppositionThe Opposition
    9. 9. ١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤9My father became upset and afraid that I would leave ourMy father became upset and afraid that I would leave ourreligion. So he kept me locked up in the house and put areligion. So he kept me locked up in the house and put achain on my feet. I managed however to send a messagechain on my feet. I managed however to send a messageto the Christians asking them to inform me of anyto the Christians asking them to inform me of anycaravan going to Syria . Before long they got in touchcaravan going to Syria . Before long they got in touchwith me and told me that a caravan was headed forwith me and told me that a caravan was headed forSyria. I managed to unfetter myself and in disguiseSyria. I managed to unfetter myself and in disguiseaccompanied the caravan to Syria.accompanied the caravan to Syria.The Way OutThe Way Out
    10. 10. ١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤10There, I asked who was the leading person in the Christianreligion and was directed to the bishop of the church. I wentup to him and said:"I want to become a Christian and would like to attachmyself to your service, learn from you and pray with you."ConversionConversion
    11. 11. ١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤11The bishop agreed and I entered the church in his service.I soon found out that the man was corrupt. He would orderhis followers to give money in charity while holding out thepromise of blessings to them. When they gave anything tospend in the way of God , he would hoard it for himselfand not give anything to the poor or needy. In this way heamassed a vast quantity of gold.This Is It, But…!This Is It, But…!
    12. 12. ١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤12When the bishop died and the Christians gathered to buryWhen the bishop died and the Christians gathered to buryhim, I told them of his corrupt practices and, at theirhim, I told them of his corrupt practices and, at theirrequest, showed them where he kept their donations.request, showed them where he kept their donations.When they saw the large jars filled with gold and silverWhen they saw the large jars filled with gold and silverthey said.they said."By God, we shall not bury him." They nailed him on a"By God, we shall not bury him." They nailed him on across and threw stones at him.cross and threw stones at him.Crucifixion of HypocrisyCrucifixion of Hypocrisy
    13. 13. ١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤13I continued in the service of the person whoreplaced him. The new bishop was an asceticwho longed for the Hereafter and engaged inworship day and night. I was greatly devoted tohim and spent a long time in his company.The Urge is StrongThe Urge is Strong
    14. 14. ١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤ 14• ““O (name), I stayed with you and lovedO (name), I stayed with you and lovedyou more than anything I loved before.you more than anything I loved before.Now you are approached by the decreeNow you are approached by the decreeof Allah (i.e., death), so whom wouldof Allah (i.e., death), so whom wouldyou recommend for me and what wouldyou recommend for me and what wouldyou like to order me?”you like to order me?”• The bishop said:” By Allah! People areThe bishop said:” By Allah! People arein total loss; they have altered what theyin total loss; they have altered what theywere on. I do not know of anyone who iswere on. I do not know of anyone who isstill holding fast to what I’m on except astill holding fast to what I’m on except aman in al-Musil. So join him ( He givesman in al-Musil. So join him ( He giveshis name)his name)The 1The 1ststBequestBequestThe 1The 1ststMoveMove
    15. 15. ١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤15After his death, Salman attached himself to various Christianrecommended religious figures, in the following cities;Mosul, Nisibin and Ammuriyah.“O son! I don’t know of anyone who is on the same religionas we are. However the time has come for the emergence ofthe prophesized prophet. This prophet is on the same religionas that of Abraham.”The origin of monotheism. Genesis 21:18The Moves & ProphecyThe Moves & Prophecy
    16. 16. ١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤ 16The last one had told him about the appearance of aProphet in Arabia in a place located between twolandscapes of black stones. Palm trees spreadbetween these two landscapes. He would have areputation for strict honesty; he would accept a giftbut would never consume charity (sadaqah) forhimself. The seal of prophethood is between hisshoulders.The ProphecyThe Prophecy
    17. 17. ١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤ 17• The prophecies (Deu. 18:17-18 pg.16. I will raise them up aThe prophecies (Deu. 18:17-18 pg.16. I will raise them up aprophet…) (Genesis 21:21.The holy one coming fromprophet…) (Genesis 21:21.The holy one coming fromParan), (Isaiah42:1-13.The descendants of Kedar), (IsaiahParan), (Isaiah42:1-13.The descendants of Kedar), (Isaiah21:13-17.The prophet’s migration& victory) pg.1721:13-17.The prophet’s migration& victory) pg.17• ““And remember when Jesus, the son of Mary said: ‘ OAnd remember when Jesus, the son of Mary said: ‘ Ochildren of Israel! I am the Messenger of Allah unto youchildren of Israel! I am the Messenger of Allah unto youconfirming the Torah which came before me, and givingconfirming the Torah which came before me, and givingglad tidings of a Messenger to come after me whose nameglad tidings of a Messenger to come after me whose nameshall be Ahmad” Qur’an 61:6shall be Ahmad” Qur’an 61:6(Salman continues his story.)The ProphecyThe Prophecy
    18. 18. ١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤18A group of Arab leaders from the Kalb tribe passedthrough Ammuriyah. I asked them to take me with themto the land of the Arabs in return for whatever money Ihad.They agreed and I paid them. When we reached Wadial-Qura (a place between Madinah and Syria), theybroke their agreement and sold me to a Jew.The Sell-out & SlaveryThe Sell-out & Slavery
    19. 19. ١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤19I worked as a servant for him but eventually he sold me toI worked as a servant for him but eventually he sold me toa nephew of his belonging to the tribe of Banu Qurayzah.a nephew of his belonging to the tribe of Banu Qurayzah.This nephew took me with him to Yathrib, the city of palmThis nephew took me with him to Yathrib, the city of palmgroves, which is how the Christian bishop at Ammuriyahgroves, which is how the Christian bishop at Ammuriyahhad described it. At that time the Prophet was inviting hishad described it. At that time the Prophet was inviting hispeople in Makkah to Islam but I did not hear anythingpeople in Makkah to Islam but I did not hear anythingabout him then because of the harsh duties which slaveryabout him then because of the harsh duties which slaveryimposed upon meimposed upon me..The 2The 2ndndSell-Out &The Move to YathribSell-Out &The Move to Yathrib
    20. 20. ١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤20When the Prophet reached Yathrib after his hijrah from Makkah, Iwas in fact at the top of a palm tree belonging to my master doingsome work. My master was sitting under the tree. A nephew of hiscame up and said:"May God declare war on the Aws and the Khazraj (the two mainArab tribes of Yathrib). By God, they are now gathering at Quba tomeet a man who has come today from Makkah and who claims heis a Prophet."The Light Shines in YathribThe Light Shines in Yathrib
    21. 21. ١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤21I felt hot flushes as soon as I heard these words and I began toshiver so violently that I was afraid that I might fall on mymaster. I quickly got down from the tree and spoke to mymasters nephew. "What did you say? Repeat the news forme." My master was very angry and gave me a terrible blow."What does this matter to you? Go back to what you weredoing," he shouted.The Uncontrollable ShiverThe Uncontrollable Shiver
    22. 22. 2222١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤That evening, I took some dates that I had gathered and went to theThat evening, I took some dates that I had gathered and went to theplace where the Prophet had alighted. I went up to him and said:place where the Prophet had alighted. I went up to him and said:"I have heard that you are a righteous man and that you have"I have heard that you are a righteous man and that you havecompanions with you who are strangers and are in need. Here iscompanions with you who are strangers and are in need. Here issomething from me as sadaqah(charity). I see that you are moresomething from me as sadaqah(charity). I see that you are moredeserving of it than others."deserving of it than others."The Prophet ordered his companions to eat but he himself did notThe Prophet ordered his companions to eat but he himself did noteat of it.eat of it.The Tests StartThe Tests Start
    23. 23. 2323١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤I gathered some more dates and when the Prophet left QubaI gathered some more dates and when the Prophet left Qubafor Madinah I went to him and said: "I noticed that you did notfor Madinah I went to him and said: "I noticed that you did noteat of the sadaqah I gave. This, however, is a gift for you." Ofeat of the sadaqah I gave. This, however, is a gift for you." Ofthis gift of dates, both he and his companions ate.this gift of dates, both he and his companions ate.The Second TestThe Second Test
    24. 24. 2424١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤Salman came to Baqee Al-Ghargad (the graveyard inSalman came to Baqee Al-Ghargad (the graveyard inYathrib). He greeted the prophet then moved towards hisYathrib). He greeted the prophet then moved towards hisback to see the prophethood seal. The prophet realized whatback to see the prophethood seal. The prophet realized whatSalman was trying to confirm. He took off his garment off.Salman was trying to confirm. He took off his garment off.Salman recognized the seal and came down on it kissing itSalman recognized the seal and came down on it kissing itwhile crying. The prophet told him to move around to talkwhile crying. The prophet told him to move around to talkwith him. Salman told his story to the prophet who in turnwith him. Salman told his story to the prophet who in turntold him to share it with his companions.told him to share it with his companions.The Final Sign &The Final Sign &Emotionally MovingEmotionally MovingMomentMoment
    25. 25. 2525١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤Salman was released from slavery by the Prophet who paidSalman was released from slavery by the Prophet who paidhis Jewish slave-owner a stipulated price and who himselfhis Jewish slave-owner a stipulated price and who himselfplanted an agreed number of date palms to secure hisplanted an agreed number of date palms to secure hismanumission.manumission.After accepting Islam, Salman would say when askedAfter accepting Islam, Salman would say when askedwhose son he was: "I am Salman, the son of Islam from thewhose son he was: "I am Salman, the son of Islam from thechildren of Adam."children of Adam."The Slavery to Allah AloneThe Slavery to Allah Alone
    26. 26. ١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤ 2626He became a governor of al-Madain (Ctesiphon) nearBaghdad, Salman would receive a stipend of five thousanddirhams. This he would distribute as sadaqah. He livedfrom the work of his own hands. When some people cameto Madain and saw him working in the palm groves, theysaid, "You are the Amir here and your sustenance isguaranteed and you do this work!" "I like to eat from thework of my own hands," he replied.His Righteous CharacterHis Righteous Character
    27. 27. 2727١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤As a scholar, Salman was noted for his vast knowledge andwisdom. Ali said of him that he was like Luqman the Wise.Kab al-Ahbar said: "Salman is stuffed with knowledge andwisdom an ocean that does not dry up." Salman had aknowledge of both the Christian scriptures and the Quran inaddition to his earlier knowledge of the Zoroastrian religion.Salman in fact translated parts of the Quran into Persianduring the life-time of the Prophet. He was thus the first personto translate the Quran into a foreign language.His Righteous CharacterHis Righteous Character
    28. 28. ١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤ 28• The “prosperous free life”The “prosperous free life”• Innate nature reactivatedInnate nature reactivated• Giving oneself the time to findGiving oneself the time to findoutout• Seeking origin & essence helpsSeeking origin & essence helpsin the search processin the search process• Honesty& openness prevailHonesty& openness prevail• ““We found our father followingWe found our father followinga certain way and religion, anda certain way and religion, andwe guide ourselves by theirwe guide ourselves by theirfootsteps” 43:22footsteps” 43:22Significant LessonsSignificant Lessons
    29. 29. ١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤ 29• Knowledge is gained by being withKnowledge is gained by being withknowledgeable peopleknowledgeable people• The humbleness of those searchingThe humbleness of those searchingfor the truth brings them closer to it.for the truth brings them closer to it.• No compromise at allNo compromise at all• The confinement” Start of realThe confinement” Start of realfreedom”freedom”• Salman looks up high to find theSalman looks up high to find theTruth no matter what it takesTruth no matter what it takes• Knowledge is gained by being withKnowledge is gained by being withknowledgeable peopleknowledgeable people• The humbleness of those searchingThe humbleness of those searchingfor the truth brings them closer to it.for the truth brings them closer to it.• Arrogance vs. HumblenessArrogance vs. HumblenessSignificant LessonsSignificant Lessons
    30. 30. ١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤ 30• Corruption, hypocrisy & evil did not stopCorruption, hypocrisy & evil did not stopSalman’s burning desire from looking for theSalman’s burning desire from looking for theTruthTruth• ““O (name), I stayed with you and loved youO (name), I stayed with you and loved youmore than anything I loved before. Now youmore than anything I loved before. Now youare approached by the decree of Allah (i.e.,are approached by the decree of Allah (i.e.,death), so whom would you recommend fordeath), so whom would you recommend forme and what would you like to order me?”me and what would you like to order me?”• The bishop said:” By Allah! People are inThe bishop said:” By Allah! People are intotal loss; they have altered what they weretotal loss; they have altered what they wereon. I do not know of anyone who is stillon. I do not know of anyone who is stillholding fast to what I’m on except a man inholding fast to what I’m on except a man inal-Musil. So join him ( He gives hi hisal-Musil. So join him ( He gives hi hisname)name)Significant LessonsSignificant Lessons
    31. 31. ١٤٣٤/٠٧/٤ 31Salman, because of the influentialSalman, because of the influentialhousehold in which he grew up,household in which he grew up,might easily have been a majormight easily have been a majorfigure in the sprawling Persianfigure in the sprawling PersianEmpire of his time. His search forEmpire of his time. His search fortruth however led him, even beforetruth however led him, even beforethe Prophet had appeared, tothe Prophet had appeared, torenounce a comfortable andrenounce a comfortable andaffluent life and even to suffer theaffluent life and even to suffer theindignities of slavery. According toindignities of slavery. According tothe most reliable account, he diedthe most reliable account, he diedin the year thirty five after thein the year thirty five after thehijrah, during the caliphate ofhijrah, during the caliphate ofOthman, at Ctesiphon.Othman, at Ctesiphon.ConclusionConclusion

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