List of non-Arab Sahabah

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The list of non-Arab Sahaba includes non-Arabs among the original Sahaba of the Prophets in Islam Muhammad. Muhammad had many followers from amongst the Arabs, from many different tribes. However, he also had many non-Arab Sahaba, from many different ethnicities. Some of these non-Arabs were among the most beloved and loyal individuals to Muhammad. The inclusion of these non-Arabs among the original followers of Muhammad and Islam represents the universality of the message of Islam.

Habesha people[edit]

Further information: Habesha people
  • Umm Ayman (Barakah)
  • Bilal ibn Ribah - he converted to Islam while still a slave, and defiantly resisted torture and persecution (for his conversion) from his pagan slave-master. He later became the first mu'adhdhin (caller to prayer) in Islamic history.
  • Wahshy ibn Harb - he killed Hamza, Muhammad's beloved uncle and a leading Muslim general and formidable soldier, but redeemed himself when he converted to Islam. He later killed Musaylimah, the most formidable opponent of the Muslims during the Wars of Apostasy.
  • Al-Nahdiah - she converted to Islam while she was a slave, but refused to abandon her new faith even after being tortured and persecuted by her slave-master. She was later freed from slavery.
  • Lubaynah - she converted to Islam while she was a slave, but refused to abandon her new faith even after being persecuted by her then pagan slave-master. She was later freed from slavery.
  • Umm Ubays - she converted to Islam while she was a slave, but refused to abandon her new faith even after being tortured and persecuted by her pagan slave-master. She was later freed from slavery. She was the daughter of Al-Nahdiah.
  • Harithah bint al-Muammil - she converted to Islam while she was a slave, but refused to abandon her new faith even after being persecuted to such a severe extent that she lost her eyesight. She was later freed from slavery. Umm Ubays was her sister.

Comorian[edit]

Further information: Comoros
  • Fey Bedja Mwamba - he was (according to local Comorian legend) a Comorian noble who originally brought Islam to the Comoros Islands after having visited Mecca during Muhammad’s lifetime and there converted to Islam.
  • Mtswa Mwandze - he was (according to local Comorian legend) a Comorian noble who originally brought Islam to the Comoros Islands after having visited Mecca during Muhammad’s lifetime and there converted to Islam.

Copt (Native Egyptian)[edit]

Hellenized Arab[edit]

Further information: Hellenized
  • Suhayb ar-Rumi (Suhayb the Roman) - he was an Arab who was taken prisoner while still a little boy by Byzantine Empire soldiers, when they attacked a village he was in. Thereafter, for about twenty years he passed from one Byzantine slave-master to another and grew up speaking Greek and practically forgot Arabic. He later escaped from slavery and headed for Mecca, which was considered a place of asylum. There people called him Suhayb ar-Rumi because of his peculiarly heavy speech . Later in Mecca, after meeting with Muhammad, he converted to Islam. When Muhammad migrated from Mecca to Medina, Suhayb gave up his vast wealth in order to be alongside him in Medina. His standing among the Muslims was so high that he was nominated by the Caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab to lead the Muslims (both in prayers and as head of the Muslim community) in the period between Umar’s death and the election of his successor.

Jewish[edit]

  • Abdullah ibn Salam - he was a rabbi before his conversion to Islam and was the first Muslim that was explicitly promised Jannah (paradise) by Muhammad while he was still alive.
  • Safiyya bint Huyayy - she was one of the Ummahat-al-Mu'mineen (Mother of the Believers).
  • Rayhana - she was one of the Ummahat-al-Mu'mineen (Mother of the Believers).

Kurdish[edit]

  • Jaban Sahabi - he was better known as Jaban Al-Kurdi. In the year 18 after Hijra, he went back to Kurdistan to preach Islam in his homeland. Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani mentions in his book Finding the Truth in Judging the Companinons, 10 hadiths which are quoted by Jaban. His son Abu Basir was a Tabi'i.

Pashtun[edit]

  • Qais Abdur Rashid - he is claimed to be a legendary ancestor of some Pashtun tribes, who traveled from Ghor, present-day central Afghanistan to Arabia to meet Muhammad and embraced Islam there, before returning to his people and introducing them to the faith.

Persian[edit]

  • Salman al-Farsi - he was born in Persia but embarked on a long and continuous journey (away from his homeland) in search of the truth. He ultimately reached his destination in Arabia, when he met Muhammad and converted to Islam. It was his suggestion to build a trench in the Battle of the Trench that ultimately resulted in a defeat for the forces of the enemies of the Muslims.
  • Fayruz al-Daylami - he was sent out by Muhammad to assassinate Aswad Ansi, who claimed prophethood in Yemen.
  • Munabbih ibn Kamil- he was a Persian knight. He had two sons, who were both Islamic scholars.
  • Salim Mawla Abu-Hudhayfah - he was a highly respected and valued Muslim (among his fellow Muslims), who died while fighting against the forces of Musaylimah during the Wars of Apostasy. Umar ibn al-Khattāb suggested he would have designated Salim as his successor to the Caliphate had he still been alive.

Tamil Chera[edit]

Assyrian[edit]

  • Addas - he was a young Christian slave boy (originally from Nineveh) who was the first person from Taif to convert to Islam.

See also[edit]

  • Al-Najashi - he was the king of the Kingdom of Aksum who allowed a number of Muslims (who were being persecuted by the pagans of Arabia) to live safely under his protection in his kingdom. He later converted to Islam and when he died, Muhammad observed prayer in absentia for him.

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  • Badhan (Persian Governor) - he was the Sassanid Persian Governor of Yemen who converted to Islam after one of Muhammad’s prophecies was proven to be correct. As a result, every Persian in Yemen followed his example and also converted to Islam. The first Mosque of Outside Arabia was ordered to built by him in the Persian Port city of Cylan.

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