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Hadrat Sayyiduna Khubaab bin Arat – may Allah be pleased with him – narrates:
We were once in the blessed company of the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – around the Ka’ba when we insisted that he make Du’a for us to be helped. At that time, he was covered in his shawl and was resting. (Bear in mind that this was at that time when the disbelievers were seriously persecuting the Muslims).
When the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – heard this, he replied, “(You people should be aware) that the people before you (were in this state), that a person was caught and brought forward (who was a believer) and special hole was dug in the ground and he was made to stand in this hole. A large saw was then placed on his head and he was cut into two pieces. (At times) an iron comb was run over his entire body and which affected his flesh and even his bones, but the person never negated his belief. (Therefore, there is no need to panic). Allah Almighty will certainly complete His favour (and Islam will become the dominant force until that time when a person will travel alone from San’a to Hadramaut and he will fear no one but the Creator and even in his flock of goats, he will fear no one but the wolves. However, you are very hasty.’” (Sahih Bukhari)
It is reported that when Hadrat Sayyiduna Sa’ad bin Abi Waqqas – may Allah be pleased with him – accepted Islam, in a fit of anger, his mother refused to eat any food. In fact, she began to deliberately starve herself with the intention that her son leaves the religion of Islam. She also took an oath that as long as he does not leave Islam, she will continue to stay away from food and drink.
However, the answer of this blessed companion is also something which should always be remembered. He declared, “O my mother! Even if you had a hundred lives and all of it (in front of me) left your body, still too, I will never leave my religion. Therefore, it is up to you to either eat or not to eat.”
When she saw the determination and steadfastness of her son, she decided to desist from her stubbornness and started eating. (Tafseer Qurtabi)