Kaleef K. Karim
The following is a report on the Sahabi (companion) of the Prophet Muhammed (p), Suhaib Ibn Sinan who was persecuted by the idolaters in Makkah after his conversion to Islam.
Kitab al-Tabaqat al-Kabir – Ibn Sa’d (784 – 845 AD) reports:
“Umar Ibn Hakam relates ‘The polytheists of Makkah would torment Ammar, Suhaib, Abu Faidah and Amir Ibn Fuhayrah to such an unbearable level that they would often fall unconscious and at times they would be beaten senseless. This state of senseless was so severe that quite often, they did not even realise what they were utterring. In regards to such people, the following verse was revealed:
‘Then, your LORD – for those who migrated after suffering misfortunes and then they migrated and exercised forbearance, verily, your LORD, after these things, is rather kind and merciful. [Surah al-Nahl, verse 110]. This verse was revealed in respect of the aforementioned people.” (Kitab al-Tabaqat al-Kabir, by Ibn Sa’d, volume 3, page 160. See also, Al-Isabah, by Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani, volume 2, page 195)
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