There are astounding parallels between the life of Salman and the lives of three
great prophets, viz., Abraham, Joseph son of Jacob, and Mohammad Mustafa the son
of Abdullah, may Allah bless them all.
Abraham defied his father who was an idolater; Salman defied his father who was
a fire-worshipper; and Mohammad Mustafa defied the Quraysh of Makkah who were
polytheists. The reason for this defiance by all three of them was the same,
viz., their faith in the Oneness of their Creator. Their pure faith as
monotheists made conflict with the polytheists inevitable.
To all three of them, the lands of their birth proved to be inhospitable because
of their faith, and all three of them had to forsake them. Abraham migrated from
Iraq to Canaan (Palestine) and to Makkah; Salman migrated from Persia to Syria
and to Yathrib; and Mohammad Mustafa migrated from Makkah to Medina. Each of
them found his destiny in the land of his adoption.
Salman arrived in Yathrib many years before the arrival of Mohammad Mustafa in
that city. For all those years, he was harassed, tormented and overworked by a
pitiless, wanton and sadistic master, and he did not know a day of peace.
During the ten years before his migration to Yathrib, Mohammad Mustafa was also
subject to harassment and persecution in Makkah by the pagans, and he too did
not know a day of peace.
Thus, in the time-frame, the period of the persecution of Mohammad Mustafa by
the Quraysh coincided with the period of the persecution of Salman by a Jew.
They were both being persecuted at the same time.