Arqam Ibn Abi Arqam relates how in the early days of Islam in Makkah he converted to Islam and kept it a secret for fear of him being persecuted or murdered by polytheists. When some polytheists found out he has converted to the new faith (i.e., Islam), they captured and jailed him. He eventually fled to Abyssinia for fear what they would to him had he continued practising on the Islamic faith in Makkah.
Kitab al-Tabaqat al-Kabir – Ibn Sa’d (784 – 845 AD) reports:
“Mus’ab heard that the Prophet was inviting people to Islam in the house of Arqam Ibn Abi Arqam, he went to the house where he accepted Islam and believed in the Prophet. After leaving the house, he kept his conversion a secret for fear of his mother and his family. He frequently visited the Prophet in secret but Uthman Ibn Talha once saw him performing Salah (prayer) and informed his mother and family about it. They therefore captured him and kept him jailed until he finally managed to migrate to Abyssinia with the first group of Muslim immigrants. He later returned to Makkah with the other Muslims but his condition had changed because he lived a difficult life. His mother then stopped rebuking him.” (Kitab al-Tabaqat al-Kabir, by Ibn Sa’d, volume 3, page 82)
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