List of non-Arab Sahabah

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The list of non-Arab Sahaba includes non-Arabs among the original Sahaba of the Islamic prophet 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.



  • Fey Bedja Mwamba – According to Comorian legend, he was a Comorian noble who brought Islam to the Comoros Islands visiting Mecca during Muhammad’s lifetime and there converted to Islam.
  • Mtswa Mwandze – According to Comorian legend, he was a Comorian noble who brought Islam to the Comoros Islands visiting Mecca during Muhammad’s lifetime and there converted to Islam.

Copt (Egyptian)[edit]

  • Maria al-Qibtiyya – She was a slave and she was one of Muhammad's wives and was the mother of Muhammad's third son Ibrahim.
  • Sirin – She was the wife of Hassan ibn Thabit, who was one of the best Arab poets of the time. Maria al-Qibtiyya was her sister.


  • Abdullah ibn Salam – Was a rabbi before his conversion to Islam. He was the first Muslim that was explicitly promised Jannah (paradise) by Muhammad, while he was still alive. He is credited as the man who participated in most battles during the Prophet's time. He was an expert in reading Hebrew bible, his mother tongue, and he was assigned by the Prophet to document Quran.
  • Safiyya bint Huyayy – She was one of Muhammad's wives.
  • Rayhana – Also one of Muhammad's wives.
  • Banu Najjar "The Carpenter family" a Jewish family who converted to Islam under the Tree "Ansar allegiance under the tree" and shook hands with the Prophet. They were the first Ansar Muslims of Medina.
  • Abu Ayyub al-Ansari was the host of the Prophet when he immigrated to Medina. He participated in the First Siege of Constantinople at age of over 80.
  • "Jasser and Wife", Sumayyah bint Khayyat and Yasir ibn Amir, early believers of Muhammad.


  • Jaban al-Kurdi – 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 Companions, 10 hadiths which are quoted by Jaban. His son Abu Basir was a Tabi'i.
  • Maymun al-Kurdi (Abu Basir Maymun al-Kurdi ibn Jaban)
  • Zozan Sahabi or Zozana Kurdi


  • 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.


  • 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 defeat in battle 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 (Indian)[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.[1]
  • 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 be built by him in the Persian Port city of Cylan.