The prisoner's reaction was furious: "Death is preferable to me a thousand times to what you ask me to do.""I see that you are a bold man. However, if you respond positively to what I propose to you, I will give you a share in my authority and swear you in as my aide." The prisoner, shackled in his chains, smiled and said, "By Allah, if you give me all that you possess and all that the Arabs have in exchange for giving up the religion of Muhammad (ﷺ), I shall not do so." "Then I shall kill you." "Do what you want," answered 'Abdullah. The emperor then had him put on a cross and ordered his soldiers to throw spears at him, first near his hands and then near his feet, all the while telling him to accept Christianity or at least give up his religion. This he refused over and over again to do.
The emperor then had him taken down from the wooden cross. He called for a great pot to be brought. This was filled with oil which was then heated under a fierce fire. He then had two other Muslim prisoners brought and had one of them thrown into the boiling oil. The prisoner's flesh sizzled and soon his bones could be seen. The emperor turned to 'Abdullah and invited him to Christianity. This was the most terrible test that 'Abdullah had had to face up till now. But he remained firm and the emperor gave up trying. He then ordered that 'Abdullah too be thrown into the pot. As he was being taken away he began to shed tears. The emperor thought that he had at last been broken and had him brought back to him. He once more suggested that 'Abdullah become a Christian but to his astonishment, Abdullah refused. "Why did you weep then?" shouted the emperor. "I cried," said Abdullah,"because I said to myself 'You will now be thrown into this pot and your soul will depart'. What I really desired then was to have as many souls as the number of hairs on my body and to have all of them thrown into this pot for the sake of Allah."
The tyrant then said, "Will you kiss my head? I will then set you free?""And all the Muslim prisoners also?" asked 'Abdullah. This the emperor agreed to do and 'Abdullah said to himself, "One of the enemies of Allah! I shall kiss his head and he shall set me and all other Muslim prisoners free. There can be no blame on me for doing this." He then went up to the emperor and kissed his forehead. All the Muslim prisoners were released and handed over to 'Abdullah. 'Abdullah ibn Hudhafah eventually came to 'Umar ibn al Khattab and told him what had happened. 'Umar was greatly pleased and when he looked at the prisoners he said, "Every Muslim has a duty to kiss the head of 'Abdullah ibn Hudhafah and I shall start." Umar then got up and kissed the head of 'Abdullah ibn Hudhafah.
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