A Muslim Convert Once More: Bahirah (r.a.), the Nestorian

This is a record of my journey as a Muslim. I used to be Catholic and belonged to a missionary organisation. After my conversion, I sat on the board of a Muslim converts’ organisation and specialised in da’wah programmes, convert management, interfaith issues and apostasy cases. I am an initiate of a Sufi order. As such, the articles and writings tend to cover these areas. All the Arabic and graphics could not have been done without the help of my wife, Zafirah.

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Bahirah (r.a.), the Nestorian

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

This ruin used to be the monastery of the Nestorian monk, Bahirah (r.a.), who spotted the signs of prophethood on the young Muhammad (s.a.w.) while the Prophet (s.a.w.) was on a trade caravan on the way to Syria.

When Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) was about 12 years old, he accompanied his uncle Abu Thalib (r.a.) on a trade journey to Syria.  In a place called Busra, an incident took place, which caused Abu Thalib (r.a.) to return Muhammad (s.a.w.) to Makkah.

On their trade journey, they met a monk by the name of Bahirah (r.a.), who lived a simple life in a monastery.  He had simple provisions and lived a harsh life, surviving on the bare essentials.  His was an ascetic and the clothes he wore were coarse and well worn.  His residence was on the main caravan route and he regularly saw caravans passing by, carrying goods destined to be sold in the great markets of Syria.


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