Abu Fukayha (r.a.)

Abu Fukayha (R.A.) was a slave. His heart became luminous with Islam. However, his master did not like it because he worshipped blind, deaf and lifeless idols. He tried to dissuade him by saying, "How can he leave our way though he is a slave?"

His master inflicted various tortures on Abu Fukayha and agonized him. He took Abu Fukayha to the desert in the scorching heat, make him lie on the hot pebbles and sand on his back, placing very heavy stones on his back to prevent him from getting up.

Abu Fukayha did not have any feelings of regret because of his belief. At that moment, he had nothing else to do but to take refuge in Allah and show patience.

His master inflicted different kinds of torture on him every day. He tied big chains around his feet and made him wander in the streets like that. In addition, Abu Fukayha was exposed to various kinds of insults, stoned and mocked.

Once, Safwan b. Umayya, one of the polytheists, saw him. He asked sarcastically, "Tell me. Is your Lord and not my father?"

Abu Fukayha yelled like an arrow from the bow,

"Who is your father? Only Allah is my Lord, your Lord, my father’s Lord and your father’s Lord."

This answer was enough to infuriate the polytheist. He started to pull the rope around Abu Fukayha's throat. He pulled it so hard with the encouragement of the people around that Abu Fukayha was almost breathless and about to suffocate.

Why did he suffer so much? Was it not because he believed in the truth? He was ready to sacrifice his life for the sake of this cause. What would be the value of life and property if they were not sacrificed for the cause when it was necessary?  

Abu Fukayha passed the test. God Almighty created a reason for him; just then, Hz. Abu Bakr arrived. His compassionate heart could not stand this torture. He bought him and freed him.

After being freed, Abu Fukayha migrated to Abyssinia with the second group. He died just after the Migration to Madinah and before the battle of Badr. [1]

May Allah be pleased with him!
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[1]Tabaqat, 4: 123.

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