Hadith: “Islam erases what came before it.”

By a sister

Most likely, you’ve heard of the famous hadith: “Islam erases what came before it.”

” ﺍﻹﺳﻼﻡ ﻳﺠﺐُّ ﻣﺎ ﻛﺎﻥ ﻗﺒﻠﻪ ”

But do you know the context in which the Prophet, peace be upon him, said it in? To whom he said it, and why?
Here’s the story (one of my all-time favorite stories of the life of one of my all-time favorite Sahaba, may Allah be pleased with them all!):

The Prophet, peace be upon him, always liked the personality of Khalid ibn Al-Waleed (radhiyallahu anhu), even before Khalid became Muslim, due to what he possessed of generous and noble qualities from a young age. He also awaited his accepting of Islam and expected it, despite the delay of this step in Khalid(radhiyallahu anhu)’s life.

One day, the Prophet, peace be upon him, said about Khalid to his older brother, Waleed ibn Al-Waleed (radhiyallahu anhu) “Where’s Khalid?”

Waleed replied, “Allah will bring him, O Messenger of Allah.”

“A person like Khalid is not unaware of Islam, and if he were to utilize his intelligence and strategy against the enemy, it would be better for him, and we would advance him above others.”
Years pass.

On the day that Khalid (radhiyallahu anhu) eventually makes the journey from Makka to Madina to take his shahada, this is the scene of his meeting with the Prophet peace be upon him, described by Khalid  (radhiyallahu anhu) himself:

Khalid ibn Al-Waleed (radhiyallahu anhu) says: “I walked toward the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, and my brother intercepted me and said, “Hurry, because the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, is waiting for you!”

So I quickened my steps toward him, until I reached him.

He continued smiling at me, peace be upon him, until I stood in front of him and greeted him with Prophethood. He responded to my salam with a beaming face.

Then I said, “I testify that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah, and I testify that you are the Messenger of Allah.”

The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, said, “Praise be to Allah who has guided you. I had always known your intellect, and I’d always hoped that it wouldn’t deliver you except unto goodness.”

I said, “O Messenger of Allah, I had seen situations that would have been enough for me to testify about you, but I refrained out of stubbornness against the truth. So ask Allah to forgive me.”
So he said, peace be upon him: “Islam erases what came before it.”

I said, “O Messenger of Allah, despite that.”

So he said, “O Allah, forgive Khalid ibn Al-Waleed anything he has ever done to prevent from Your path.”

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