The Negus received the envoy of the Prophet peace be and blessings upon him with great respect and showed him all the honour he deserved, and accepted Islam. He wrote a letter to the Prophet peace be and blessings upon him: I begin with the Name of Allah, Most Merciful, Most Gracious.
To Muhammed, the Messenger of Allah peace be and blessings upon him, from Negus Al‐Asham ibn Abjar. Peace upon you, O Prophet of
Allah, and Mercy and Blessing from Allah, beside Whom there is no God, Who has guided me to Islam.
I received your letter, O Messenger of Allah, in which you mention the matter of Jesus and, by the Lord of Heaven and Earth, he is not one scrap more than you say.
We know that with which you were sent to us and we have entertained your nephew and his companions. I testify that you are Allahʹs Messenger, true and confirming those before you. I have given my allegiance to you and to your nephew and I have surrendered myself through him to the Lord of the Worlds. I have sent to you my son, Arha. I have control only over myself and if you wish me to come to you, O Messenger of Allah, I will do so. I bear witness that what you say is true. Peace upon you, O Messenger of Allah.
The King seemed to have accepted Islam in his individual capacity but he could not convert other people of his country this is confirmed by a hadeeth of Al‐ Bukhaari which says that the Prophet said his funeral prayer in absentia in Madinah when he died.
The second letter of the Prophet peace be and blessings upon him was sent to his successor, who probably did not respond favorably.