Sayyiduna Khabbab Ibn al-Arat (radi Allahu ‘anhu) was the Arab slave of a Quraysh woman called Umm Anmar. He was a blacksmith by trade and instinctively understood idol worshipping to be an act of sheer ignorance. When he heard the Prophet’s (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) call to Islam, Sayyiduna Khabbab Ibn al-Arat (radi Allahu ‘anhu) responded immediately and became one of the first ten people to accept Islam.

Sayyiduna Khabbab Ibn al-Arat (radi Allahu ‘anhu) made no attempt to keep his faith secret and experienced brutal prosecution as a consequence – particulary at the hands of Umm Anmar. Sayyiduna Khabbab Ibn al-Arat (radi Allahu ‘anhu) remained firm and was only able to escape torture when the order migration to Madinah al-Munawwarah was given.

He fought alongside the Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) in the battles of Badr and Uhud and lived to withness the expansion of Islam during the times of the Rightly Guided Calips (radi Allahu ‘anhum). Sayyiduna Khabbab Ibn al-Arat (radi Allahu ‘anhu) was blessed with ample wealth in his later life and would spend generously on the less fortunate. He passed away during the Calipate of Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radi Allahu ‘anhu)