Maysara bin Masruq (r.a.)

The Prophet conveyed the message of the truth wherever he saw a group of people: He was in Uqaz, then in Majanna and then in Dhul-Majaz. He visited the tribes and conveyed the truth and belief to them. He was sometimes dismissed and sometimes insulted but he did not give up. Maybe these attempts would yield fruit years later. He fulfilled the duty of conveying the truth to people. 

He told an old man aged 120 in the land of Muharib bin Sons of Hafsa the orders of his Lord. The man said, “I cannot say anything to you but you see that Abu Lahab is here.”

The Prophet was sad and distressed. Abu Lahab, the black crow, followed him like a black spirit and threatened the people that he conveyed the message of Islam. They called the Prophet “al-Amin (the Trustable One)” yesterday but now they called him a “Liar”. That was the paradox of unbelief.

The Prophet believed in his mission so much that he said the kisras (shahs) would decline and that Byzantine would be conquered even in those troubled and painful days. Whatever he said came out to be true afterwards.

He continued conveying the message of his high mission in an unyielding manner, with the power of belief, determination and perseverance.

He was in Mina, where Sons of Abasa settled. Zayd bin Haritha, his loyal servant, was riding pillion as usual. He was inviting Sons of Abasa to Islam by making a concise speech. 

Maysara bin Masruq, who was among them, felt the heat of belief in his heart. He addressed his tribe as follows:

“I swear by Allah that it will be very nice if we confirm this person and accept him among us.”

His tribe said to him, “Leave him. Do not offer us what we cannot do.”

The Prophet talked to Maysara and offered him to be a Muslim. Maysara said, “Your words are so nice and so bright. However, my tribe opposes me. If a person is not helped by his tribe, it will be bad for him.”

When the Messenger of Allah left, Maysara felt that something broke from his heart. He stared at the Prophet with longing and enthusiasm until he disappeared.

Maysara took his tribe to Fadak Jews. The Jews recited the qualities of the Messenger of Allah from the Torah:

“An unlettered Arab prophet who rides a camel, is satisfied with a small piece of bread for food, neither tall nor short, with hair that is neither curly not flat, and eyes that have some reddishness.”

The Jews said,

“If this is the man that invites you, follow him and accept his religion. We, the Jews, will envy him and refuse to follow him. There will be some encounters between him and us which will bring us much grief. All the Arabs will either follow him or fight him. If you become among his followers, you will win.”

Maysara’s eyes brightened. He said:

“O my tribe! It is clear. Let us go and follow him.” His tribe said, “We will go next year in hajj season and meet him.” However, the notables of his tribe insisted on not going to the Messenger of Allah next year. They could not attain guidance.

Years went by, and the unfortunate living dead people got old and died. 

Maysara rejoined the Messenger of Allah in the year of Farewell Hajj. He ran to the Messenger of Allah and held his hand in tears. He said,

“O Messenger of Allah! By Allah, I began to follow you when we first met. Some things occurred after that. Allah delayed our rejoining. Praise be to Allah; I have rejoined you.” [1]

Maysara was very happy because he was with the Messenger of Allah. How fortunate are those who join this caravan of fortunate people and appreciate it!


[1]Usdul-Ghaba, 4: 427; Isaba, 1: 295.

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