Timing of Sahabah becoming Muslims

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Among Muslims, the timing of Sahaba becoming Muslims is of importance.


After the Muslim conquests began, a Muslim's standing in the Islamic state depended on his services to the community, and especially on the length of time he had been a member of the community. Early converts (who had faced persecution with Muhammad) had a much higher status than later converts (who may have joined only after there were worldly reasons to do so). The first male convert may thus be presumed to have a special status.

To highlight the importance that was attached, one can see the controversies regarding the identity of the first male Muslim. Also, except for the Sahaba that merited extraordinary accomplishments, Sunni rank all Sahaba according to their time.


Here is a list of the of them becoming Muslims. Sources are provided in the article of each Sahaba. The first four converts to Islam were:[1]

Some other early muslims are:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Razwy, Sayed A.A. (1997). "Abu Bakr the first Khalifa of the Muslims". A restatement of the history of Islam & Muslims : C.E. 570 to 661. Stanmore, Middlesex: World Federation of KSI Muslin Communities. ISBN 0950987913. Retrieved 31 July 2014. Abu bakr was the son of abu qahafa, and made his living as a merchant in Makkah. He accepted Islam after Khadija, Ali ibn Abi Talib, and Zayd bin Haritha. 
  2. ^ http://www.al-islam.org/masoom/bios/khadija.htm
  3. ^ See Identity of first male Muslim for references
  4. ^ a b Tabari. Tarikh e Tabari. I (Muhammad ibn Sa’ad ibn Abi Waqqas) asked my father whether Abu Bakr was the first of the Muslims. He said, 'No, more than fifty people embraced Islam before Abu Bakr; but he was superior to us as a Muslim. He also writes that Umar Bin Khattab embraced Islam after forty-five men and twenty-one women. As for the foremost one in the matter of Islam and faith, it was Ali Bin Abi Talib.' 
  5. ^ Al-Isabah [vol 8 ./189-190] with additional details taken from 'at-Tabaqat al-Kubra Volume 8 pg 193. [1]
  6. ^ Sa'ad Ibn Abi Waqqas (radhi allahu anhu)
  7. ^ Marriage to a 'past': Parents should not reject a proposal without a good reasons - and being a revert with a past is not an acceptable one
  8. ^ Asma bint-Abu-Bakr
  9. ^ Suyuti. "Umar". [[History of the Caliphs]]. quoting al-Dhahabi: 'He (Umar) accepted Islam in the sixth year of prophecy when he was twenty-seven years old.'  Wikilink embedded in URL title (help)