The story of Hazrat Dihyah Al Kalbi RadiAllah Anhu, the handsome Companion whose human form was adopted by Angel Gabriel! [Thread]

When Hazrat Jibreel Alahis Salam took human form, he resembled Dihyah Kalbi RadiAllah Anhu the most.  1️⃣
Hazrat Dihyah Kalbi was one of the most handsome men amongst the Companions of Muhammad ﷺ & was famously called the Yusuf of Banu Kalb (referring to how handsome Prophet Yusuf Alahis Salam was in his time). 2️⃣
Narrated Abu `Uthman RadiAllah Anhu:

I was informed that Gabriel came to the Prophet (ﷺ) while Sayyida Um Salama Salam un Alaiha was with him. Gabriel started talking (to the Prophet). Then the Prophet (ﷺ) asked Um Salama, "Who is this?"3️⃣
She replied, "He is Dihya (al-Kalbi)." When Gabriel had left, Um Salama said, "By Allah, I did not take him for anybody other than him (i.e. Dihya) till I heard the sermon of the Prophet (ﷺ) wherein he informed about the news of Gabriel."
(Sahih Bukhari 4980) 4️⃣
There isn't much info about the post hijra life of Dihya bin Khalifa, who is originally from Southern Arabia and later made a home for himself around the region of Damascus as member of the Kalb tribe. 5️⃣
What is known however is that he was among the young muslims of the city of Medina. Prior to entering Islam, Dihya bin Khalifa had a special place in his heart for the Messenger of Allah, presenting him with a gift each time he came to visit him. 6️⃣
Finally Hazrat Dihyah Al Kabli arrived to see the Prophet ﷺ after the Battle of Badar with thoughts of becoming a Muslim. In order to display his reverence to him, the Prophet ﷺ took off his cloak, extending it to him in order for him to sit on it. 7️⃣
And Hazrat Dihyah Kalbi refused to sit, he kissed the cloak & placed it on his forehead. He then said his shahada & revealed that he was Muslim. From that point on, Dihya remained by the Prophet’s side during all important events, even being appointed as the commander of a unit8️⃣
The most important event which would etch the name of Dihya into Islamic history would be his appointment as the invited ambassador of the Prophet ﷺ. 9️⃣
Following the signing of the Hudaiybiya Peace Treaty, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ decided to send letters of invitation to Islam to all of the tribes on the Arabian Peninsula and neighbouring nations. 🔟
In line with this initiative, Dihya bin Khalifa al Kalbi RadiAllah Anhu was given the duty of visiting Heraclius, the Byzantine Emperor. This responsibility was carried out in the 7th year of Hijra, during the month of Muharram (May of 628). 1️⃣1️⃣
Dihya’s main duty was to present a letter to the Busra Governor of the Byzantine Empire in order to be delivered to Heraclius. However, as the emperor happened to be in Palestine at the time, he seized the chance to personally stand before the leader. 1️⃣2️⃣
In sources of sirah, it is indicated that Abu Sufyan, who happened to be in Gaza for trade, was also present during this meeting upon the request of the emperor. According to Muhammad Hamidullah, the original letter sent by the Messenger of Allah to Heraclius remains today. 1️⃣3️⃣
The letter translated as such:

“In the name of Allah, the most beneficent, most merciful!

From the servant and messenger of Allah, Muhammad, to the king of the Romans, Heraclius: 1️⃣4️⃣
May the salutations of Allah be upon the person who follows the path of truth! I am calling upon you to accept my invitation to Islam. If you follow the religion of Islam you will be in a complete state of well-being, and Allah will double your rewards and good deeds. 1️⃣5️⃣
However, if you turn away from this, then the sins of your villagers (the group under your command) will be upon you as well. “Say: "O People of the Book! come to common terms as between us and you: That we worship none but Allah; that we associate no partners with him;
that we erect not, from among ourselves, Lords and patrons other than Allah."

If then they turn back, say ye: "Bear witness that we (at least) are Muslims (bowing to Allah' Will).”
Sources indicate that Hazrat Dihyah Kalbi RadiAllah Anhu took part in an expedition to Syria and that he served as a commander in the Battle of Yarmuq, settling in the Mizza region of Damascus following the conquest of Syria, where he died.
Sources do not allude to the date of his death; however, it is indicated that he lived until the era of Ameer e Muawiyah RadiAllah Anhu. It is possible to ascertain from this that he died around the year 50 Hijri (670 A.D.) in the city of Damascus. 1️⃣9️⃣

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