And of mankind is he who would sell himself, seeking the pleasure of Allah….
﴿وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يَشْرِى نَفْسَهُ ابْتِغَآءَ مَرْضَاتِ اللَّهِ﴾
(And of mankind is he who would sell himself, seeking the pleasure of Allah.)
Ibn `Abbas (رضي الله عنه), Anas (رضي الله عنه), Sa`id bin Musayyib, Abu `Uthman An-Nahdi, `Ikrimah and several other scholars said that this Ayah was revealed about Suhayb bin Sinan Ar-Rumi (رضي الله عنه).
When Suhayb became a Muslim in Makkah and intended to migrate (to Al-Madinah), the people (Quraysh) prevented him from migrating with his money. They said that if he forfeits his property, he is free to migrate. He abandoned his money and preferred to migrate, and Allah revealed this Ayah about him. `Umar bin Khattab (رضي الله عنه) and several other Companions met Suhayb (رضي الله عنه) close to the outskirts of Al-Madinah at Al-Harrah (flat lands with black stones). They said to him, “The trade has indeed been successful.” He answered them, “You too, may Allah never allow your trade to fail. What is the matter” `Umar (رضي الله عنه) told him that Allah has revealed this Ayah (2:207) about him. It was also reported that Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, “The trade has been successful, O Suhayb!”