Sahabah of the Month: Hadrat Salman al-Farsi
Hadrat Salman al-Farsi is one of the few non-Arab companions of Rasulullah (ﷺ). In fact, his name, al-Farsi, means “the Persian” as this was where he originally came from. But as if it wasn’t an honor enough to be considered a companion of Rasulullah (ﷺ), Hadrat Salman al-Farsi was also said to be apart of his family as well, a member of the Ahle Bayt!
Although Hadrat Salman did not have the blood of Rasulullah (ﷺ) in him, he sacrificed his blood, spirit, and soul for him. He left behind his family, wealth, status, and life for Rasulullah (ﷺ). Even though he was encountered by trials at every turning point of his life, he still held onto the thought of hopefully meeting Rasulullah (ﷺ) one day which gave him the sabr and strength to face his tests.
Hadrat Salman was born into a noble Zoroastrian family, whose religion dealt with worshipping fire. He studied hard and gained the acceptance, love, and respect of his father as the Keeper of the Fire. However, one day, he overheard a prayer sermon at a church. He was compelled by this idea of there only being one God. So much so, that he left his father whom he loved, his higher ranking position, and his wealth and travelled to Syria to learn more about Christianity.
In Syria, he studied under various priests, but there were very few who held strongly onto the Oneness of Allah. Hadrat Salman travelled place to place to study with such companions until one of them told him about a Final Prophet from the land of palm trees in Arabia, Madinah Munawarah. This Final Prophet would come with certain signs, and he was carry the final complete message of the Oneness of Allah.
Hadrat Salman went on a caravan to Arabia; however, he was tricked and sold into slavery. However, instead of fighting, he worked hard and with honesty as he was more preoccupied with the idea that he was in the same area as the Final Prophet was prophesized to arrive in. It wasn’t until many years later, after being put to hard labor and working as a slave, that he finally heard about a Prophet entering the city.
He was so excited he could hardly move. He hurried to Rasulullah (ﷺ), and just by looking at him he could tell who he was, but he wanted to see if the prophesized signs were correct. After confirming, he cried and hugged Rasulullah (ﷺ); all his waiting and hardship finally paid off. After being freed from slavery, he stayed by Rasulullah’s (ﷺ) side during all the major events afterwards and was the mastermind behind the winning strategy during the famous Battle of Khanduk. His contributions to the path of Islam are endless and only speak of his faith.
In his blessed life, we learn that love is sacrifice. And not only that, but you are with those whom you love. Hadrat Salman al-Farsi sacrificed for Rasulullah (ﷺ), always kept him in his mind, and travelled for years just to finally meet him. And through all his effort, hardship, and trials he was given the highest of all stations, being a part of the Ahle Bayt of Rasulullah (ﷺ). AllahuAkbr!