The early Muslims were subjected to ill-treatment and persecution just because they declared La Ilaha Illallah – There is no god but Allah.
Eighty three of them migrated to Ethiopia, led by Ja’fer ibn Abu Talib. When the Makkans learnt that the Muslims were having a comfortable refuge in Ethiopia they sent a delegation to King Najashi of Ethiopia loaded with invaluable gifts with a mission to seek the return of the Muslims.
After presenting the gifts they approached the King in his court saying that the Muslims believed in a Prophet who spoke against Prophet Isa (A.S.) – Jesus.
Turning to Ja’fer, the King asked: “What do you say about Jesus?”
Ja’fer recited the following aya of Qur’an:
‘The Messiah, Isa son of Marium was the messenger of Allah and His word which He cast to Marium and a spirit from Him”
Suratun Nisa – 4:171
King Najashi picked a piece of wood from the ground and said:
“By God! Jesus was not even a bit higher than what you have said. Not higher than even the measure of this piece of wood”
He turned to the delegation of Makkans and said:
“I am not going to harm them even if I were given a mountain of gold. Take away all the gifts you have brought for God did not receive any bribe from me when He blessed me with this kingdom, nor did He pay any heed to what others said about me when He decided to raise me to this status.