Most Muslims know the famous Sahabi (sing. for Sahabah) named Salman Al-Farsi (may Allah be pleased with him). However, many are not aware that there were more than just one Persian Sahabi. Apart from Salman Al-Farsi رضي الله عنه we have:
– FAYRUZ AL-DAYLAMI (originally from north Iran) رضي الله عنه
(also known as “Abu Al-Dhahhak” or “Abu Abdul-Rahman”): A Persian from the descandants of Persian Zoroastrians. He belonged to the descendants (abna) of Persians that had been sent by Khusraw (Kisra) Anooshiravan to Yemen, conquered it, and drove out the Abyssinians (the south of Yemen was basically occupied and ruled by Persians).
He was sent out by the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) to assassinate Aswad Ansi, who had claimed prophethood in Yemen. In reference to this, the Prophet was reported as saying, “He was killed by the virtuous man Fayruz b. al-Daylami.” Fayruz died during the caliphate of Othman Ibn ‘Affan, may Allah be pleased with them all.
– SALEM the Mawla of Hudhayfah (originally from the Fars or Isfahan province) رضي الله عنهما
A Persian Sahabi, who was from The foremost, the first of the emigrants, a Badri, one of the first Sahabah. He accepted Islam before Salman Al-Farsi, for Salman accepted Islam in Madinah (did not witness the Makkan period at all). 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.
The Prophet صل الله عليه و سلم advised his Ummah to take the Qur’an from Salem (and not some imaginary ‘infallible Imam’) in a Sahih Hadith:
“Learn the Qur’an from four persons: Abd-Allah ibn Mas’ud, SALEM the Mawla of Hudhayfah, Ubayy ibn Kab and Muadh ibn Jabal.”
Abdullah Ibn Omar, the son of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab (رضي الله عنهما), one of the major companions of the Messenger of Allah (صل الله عليه و على آله و سلم) said the following about Salem:
وعن ابن عمر ، قال : كان سالم مولى أبي حذيفة يؤم المهاجرين الذين قدموا من مكة حتى قدم المدينة ؛ لأنه كان أقرأهم .
“Salem was the client of Abu Hudhayfa and he was the IMAM of the Muhajir companions in Makkah and later in Madinah, this is because he was the best recitor (of the Qur’an) among them.”
– Abu Abdurrahman, MEHRAN IBN FURUKH (from Iran) رضي الله عنه
The close friend & servant of the Messenger of Allah صل الله عليه و سلم (he used to be the servant of Umm Salamah). Also from the ‘Abna Fares’. He had many nicknames, one is “Safinah” (the Ship), which was givin to him by the Prophet peace be upon him (he is referred normally by that name in Ahadith).
– MUNABBIH ibn Kamil ibn Sirajud-Din Dhee Kibaar Abu-Abdullah al-Yamani al-San’ani رضي الله عنه
He wast of Persian descent, and was married to a Himyarite. He is the father of the two famous Yemeni-Persian Tabi’is Wahb ibn Munabbih and Hammam ibn Munabbih.He came from Herat (today in Afghanistan), Khorasan in Persia to Yemen. It is likely that he met the Prophet (صل الله عليه و سلم) since he is the father of two early Tabi’is, yet we haven’t found definitive evidence for that in Arabic language.