The Story of King Tubba` the First

 


Praise be to Allah and may Allah increase the honour and raise the rank of our Master Muhammad sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, his kind relatives and companions and protect his nation from that which he feared for them.

Thereafter, know my dear brother and sister in Islam that every king in Yemen in the ancient days used to be called Tubba`. They were Arabs, and they were lots in number.
The name of our Master Muhammad sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam was known among the prophets and it was written in the ancient books. Tubba` The First had a thrilling story concerning how he got to know about the Prophet sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam.

     It was said that Tubba` The First left Yemen with his huge army heading up towards the honourable Makkah with his minister "`Amarisha". He was leading an army of hundreds of thousands of men and horsemen, and one hundred thousand of the scholars and Wiseman whom he personally selected from the countries.

   When Tubba` reached the city of Makkah, he asked about its people; it was said to him that they worship the idols and have a Ka`bah which they adore and love. He intended in his heart to destroy it and kill its people who did not welcome him without informing anybody about his plan.

    Suddenly he was hit with a painful headache, and stinky fluid burst from his eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. Everybody resisted away from him as a result of his bad odour.

    His minister then gathered the doctors, but they could not come near him to treat him due to his bad smell.
At night one of the scholars came to the minister and informed him that he may know the cause of Tuba`ís sickness and that he knows its cure. The minister was delighted at hearing the news and he took him to see the king.

   The scholar said to the king: "Tell me the truth, did you intend to do something bad to this house (meaning the Ka`bah)." To that the king said: "Yes, I intended to destroy it and to kill its people." The scholar then said: "Know that your pain and affliction is the result of your bad intentions." He then said to him: "The Lord (owner) of this house has the complete Power and nothing happens in His dominion except what He willed, He knows about the secrets and about the hidden things."
That scholar, who was a follower of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham), then taught the king about the Religion of Islam. The king embraced Islam immediately and was cured from his sickness.

    He then treated the people of Makkah generously and kindly, when he left later heading towards al-Madinah al-Munawarah (The illuminated City), which used to be called Yathrib at that time. Four-hundred scholars that accompanied him intended to reside in it and never leave. The king asked them about the reason, they said to him that the Last prophet shall migrate to it and his name is Muhammad sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, they then described him to the king as they knew from the old books.

      The king then stayed with them for one year hoping that he will get the opportunity to meet the honoured Prophet sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, he then built four hundred residences for every one of the four hundred scholars who wanted to stay and arranged for them to get married. When one year passed by and the Prophet did not yet appear, the king wrote a book and stated in it that he believed in the Prophet sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam before seeing him, and that he is a follower of his Religion, and that he believes in Allah ta`ala Who has no partner, or a similar. He then sealed the book with gold and left it with them.

    Tubba` then headed for India and died there. The book had changed hands after that until a thousand years passed by, after which Prophet Muhammad sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam emerged. It was said that the book reached the Prophet peace be upon him when he was residing in the house of Abu Ayyub al-Ansariyy.  What a beautiful and thrilling story!