Prophet (s.a.w) Begins Call to Islam
The Prophet, first of all, chose Ali (a.s.) to come to Islam 23. Ali was, at the time, a pure boy, unsullied by the practices of the pre-Islamic era. He was under the care of the Prophet (s.a.w.) who showed him with love and affection. Ali (a.s.) responded enthusiastically and his soul method in the new faith. The Prophet called his wife to Islam and she accepted it. This done, the first nucleus of the faithful community on earth took shape.
He proceeded with his call to Islam and his companions grew in number. They were 40 men, the majority of whom were young. These people were from different walks of society. Among them were the poor, the rich, the socially powerful and the downtrodden. First of all they would learn the Qur'an and the principles of the new faith. In the defiles, far away from the eyes of Quraish, they used to offer their prayers. The new convert, with the assistance of one of the old converts appointed by the Prophet (s.a.w.). would continue studying and comprehending the teachings of Islam.
23. Masnad Ibn Hanbal (Book of Traditions by Ibn Hanbal), vol. 2, p.368: Mustdrak al-Hakim (Revision of al-Hakim), vol. 4, p.336; Al-Kamil fi al-Tarikh (The complete Book of History); Ibn al-Athir, vol. 2, p.22. al-Istia'b (Comprehension), vol. 2, p.459, and many other books.
Adapted from the book: "Muhammad The Messenger of Allah"
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