Abdullah B Salam (d-43 H) عبدالله بن سلام
One of the learned Rabbis of a Jewish clan living in Yathrib. He was one of the first to visit the Prophet (saws) when he came down to Madinah. He says he told himself when he saw him: “This cannot be the face of a liar.” The first words that he heard from him were: “People! Spread Salam, feed (the people), join the kin, pray while the people are asleep, and enter Paradise in peace.” Those words convinced him of his prophethood.
After embracing Islam, he suggested to the Prophet that the major Jewish scholars be invited and their opinion about him sought. He himself remained behind a curtain. When the Prophet enquired with them, they said in a chorus that he was the best of them, the most learned, and so on. Then Ibn Salam came out and informed them about his own Islam. They cried out, “This is the worst of us.” Some versions say the Prophet (saws) had secured a promise from them that if Ibn Salam embraces Islam, they too would.
Once during the Prophet's time, `Abdullah ibn Salam dreamt that he was in a flush green garden. At the center, a steel column was pitched into the earth that reached the heavens. At the top was a kind of handle. He was told to climb. He did that, and caught hold of the handle. He was told to hold it fast. The Prophet interpreted that the garden was the garden of Islam and the column, the column of Islam. As for the handle, it was the firm handle (`Urwatu al Wuthqa). He prophesied that `Abdullah would remain firm on Islam until his death.
In later days, he made a sword of wood for himself and refused to take sides in the dispute between `Ali and Mu`awiyyah living in Madinah until he died in 43 H.
It is said that the allusion in the following two verses of the Qur’an is to `Abdullah ibn Salam:“Say, ‘have you considered? If it be from God, and you disbelieve in it, and a witness from among the Children of Israel bears witness to it...’” (46: 10), and, “The unbelievers say, ‘You are not a Messenger.’ Say, ‘`Allah suffices as a witness between me and you, and whosoever possesses knowledge of the Book...’” (13: 43).