6 years ago
Osman ibn Mazoun was one of the early Muslims who bore much torture and persecution for embracing Islam. At that time,the more people embraced Islam, the heavier the torture they received, so the prophet ordered those helpless adherents to emigrate to Abyssinia; among those was Osman ibn Ma'zoun.
They were safe there, though they were faced with some pressures from the priests to change their religions. Also the feelings of being strangers and their poverty added to their sufferings but nothing worried them but the great prophet, whom they left behind facing the infidels alone, they were eager to be reunited with their great prophet.
It happened that false rumors were flown to them that the idolaters embraced Islam which means the end of the harassments that the idol worshippers used to launch against the new believers, they all collected their belongings and went back to their homeland but they found a hostile atmosphere, the idolaters were there waiting for them to heap more physical tortures on them.
They were flared up with anger and rancor; the moment they arrived, torture began again. Osman, benefitted by the law of protection that was a custom widely practiced among the Arabs. He became under the protection of Al-Waleed ibn Al'Mougera, one of the archenemies of the prophet, he became safe and sound and no one dared to cause any trouble to him.
Seeing that those who were with him were being tortured, while he could go safe and sound, he rebuked himself saying
So they both went to the mosque where a large number of people were sitting.
There were a group of people sitting, they were listening to poetry, the poet said:
Here the poet felt that he was hurt, so he said
Driven by his grudge towards Muslims, one of the idolaters bounced over Osman and buffeted him on his eye and it was badly harmed.
On seeing this, Al-Waleed ibn Al'Mougera said to him:
This real story shows how the early Muslims not only were tortured but even they found pleasure in this torture as long as it was for the cause of God.