THE FULFILLING OF COVENANTS
The Holy Prophetsa was very particular with regard to the fulfilling of covenants. On one occasion an envoy came to him on a special mission and, after he had remained in his company for some days, he was convinced of the truth of Islam and suggested that he might declare his adherence to it. The Prophetsa told him that this would not be proper as he was there in a representative capacity and it was incumbent upon him to return to the headquarters of his government without acquiring a fresh allegiance. If, after he had returned home, he still felt convinced of the truth of Islam he could return as a free individual and declare his acceptance of it (Abu Dawud, chap. on Wafa bil ‘Ahd).
1. Hazrat Mirza Bashir-ud-din Mahmood Ahmadra, Life of Muhammadsa (Surrey: Islam International Publications, 1990), 248