Hazrat Salman Farsi was one of the beloved companions of Prophet Mohammed (s.a.w). Would you listen to the story of Hazrat Salman Farsi (R.A) which he told to beloved Prophet Mohammad (s.a.w)? Lets travel a bit back in past, to listen the tale of a shining star of Islam “Hazrat Salman Farsi”. How good it be, if we listen it the same way, Hazrat Salman farsi used to tell it to the fellow muslims while sitting under the shade of tree outside his house.
Here he goes:
My name is Salman Farsi. I used to live in Isfahan, a city of Faras (Iran). My father was a respectable person of the area as he was the head. We both loved each other. I practiced Zoroastrianism so much, that both of us (me and my father) became custodians of fire. The fire which never went out, and our duty was to keep the flames burning.
One day, I was on trip to our fields. In the way, I saw a church where people were practicing Christianity. Their way of worship inspired me so much that I planned to stay over there for a night. Next day when I reached my home, I told my father about the christens and church I saw. Observing my inclination towards the Christianity, my loving father shackled me out of fear. Hence i was restricted to stay at home. But somehow I managed to convey my message to the church that if any missionary convoy passes through Syria, do tell me.
Journey to Syria:
Upon hearing about a convoy, I escaped from home to Syria. When i reached Syria, there people sent me to the father of church. I started living there, serving and worshiping Christianity. To my dismay, I soon found out that the bishop was a corrupt person. Bishop used to keep the donations and alms of church to him self, instead of giving them to needy. That bishop soon died and a new father was appointed at his place. I had not seen any man more pious than him in Christianity. He was so virtuous and dutiful that I fell in love with him.
I stayed in his service till the time of his death reached. I asked him for his advice. He replied, “O son Salman! I do not know of anyone except for a certain man living in the city of Mosul. Go to him, for you will find that he is similar to me.”
Journey towards Mosel:
I packed my bags and started my journey towards mosel (a city of Iraq). There i stayed in companionship of a pious man, till his dead arrived too. I asked the same Question to him “where should I go now?”. He recommended me to go to another priest who in turn sent me to a priest in Ammuriyah (Ameria, near Rome). Before his demise, i asked for guidance to him. He replied “There is no one in my knowledge who is following our religion properly i can send you to.
Nevertheless, your life seems to coincide with the era of the predestined Prophet who will rise from the land of Haram. His migration will be to a city full of date trees. Moreover, he will certainly have some distinct features: Between his shoulder blades, there will be the Seal of the Prophet hood. He will eat food, provided it is a gift and not a donation.
If you can reach that city, then do so, because you are very close to his era”. I had some cows and sheep at that time, which were my source of living. As soon as i heard about a caravan passing through Ammuriyah, I handed over them all of my belongings and requested them to take me to the land of date trees. The Arabs agreed to take me with them, but broke their agreement when we reached far off from Syria. They made me slave, then sold me to a Jew. There i spent my days and nights in slavery. One day, a jew from tribe of banu-Qureyzah came and bought me. He took me with him to Yathrib, the city of palm groves, which was how the Christian at Ammuriyah had described it.
Meeting with Prophet Muhammad (SAW):
One day, I was on the tree top doing some work. My master was sitting under the tree when his nephew came and said “‘May Allah declare war on the Aws and the Khazraj (the two main Arab tribes of Yathrib). By Allah, they are now gathering at Quba to meet a man, who has just today, arrived from Makkah and who claims to be Prophet.” I would have fallen of the tree if i had not quickly climbed down the tree. I was shivering so much. In the evening I took some dates with me and went on to meet the holy Prophet Muhammad (S.a.w).
I some how reached the place where Prophet Muhammad (S.a.w) was sitting among his companions. Now the issue was of signs that priest told me. I said to all the members of the session “I am donating these dates to all of you as i think you are the most deserving to it”. I noticed, prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) withdrew his own hand, not eating from it, but told his Companions to eat. At the time, I thought, “This is one of the characteristics my Mentor told me of.”
Hazrat Salman Farsi Acceptance of Islam:
On my way back, I saw that the Prophet peace and blessing be upon him was heading to Madinah . Thus, I took the food to him, saying, “I saw that you were not eating from this charity. As a matter of fact, I presented it as a gift and not charity.” This time, the Prophet peace and blessing be upon him also ate with his Companions. “That makes two signs,” I thought.
Later on, I approached the Prophet peace and blessing be upon him as he was walking behind the corpse in a funeral. I remember that at the time, he was covered in two sheets, and that his Companions were with him.
I was trying to steal a look at the Seal on his back, when the Prophet peace and blessing be upon him saw me glancing. Realizing that I wanted to verify what someone had told me, he let his cloak drop a little, and I managed to see that the Seal between his shoulder blades was exactly the way my Mentor had described it. I threw myself down before the Prophet (sallallahu-alayhi wasallam) kissing (his blessed hands/feet) and started to cry. That was the moment I recited Kalmah, took my shahadah and entered the circle of Islam.
A Shining Star:
So friends, that’s how Hazrat Salman Farsi used to tell her story of accepting Islam. His story does not finish here. In fact whole life of this shining star of Islam, is full of his devotions to his religion. Salman Farsi was the one who suggested digging a trench in the battle of Khandak. His suggestion was granted approval by Holy Prophet Mohammad (s.a.w). While digging the trench, when Hazrat Salman Farsi encountered a big rock, Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) him self hit the stone. Upon each hit, flames arose and Prophet Muhammad (S.a.w) announced prophecy of victory on Roman and Persian empires. And this shining star of Islam saw each of these predictions turning into realities with in his life with his own eyes.
He died during the reign of Third caliph of Islam, Uthman bin Affan. He is buried in Madain, in present-day Iraq. Though that city fell into abandon, there is still a town there named after him, Salman Pak.