When my father learnt that I had embraced Islam, he beat me so severely that my head was wounded. He broke a stick on my head and said, “You are following Muhammed (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) who has opposed all the people! He speaks ill of our deities and depicts our forefathers as stupid and ignorant.” I responded, “By Allah! Muhammed (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is absolutely true in what he is saying!”
My father was angered even further. He hurled abuse at me, swore at me and said, “You wretch! Get away from me! By Allah, I will cut off your food and drink!” I replied, “If you deprive me of food, Allah Ta‘ala will provide me with sustenance.” Upon this, my father expelled me from his house and said to his children, “Nobody should speak to him! Whoever speaks to him will receive the same treatment!”
Hazrat Khaalid (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) subsequently left his father’s door and came to the door of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) showed great honor to Hazrat Khaalid (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).
A man does not bring dishonor to himself by leaving the door of any person. However, if he has to leave the door of Allah and His Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then he won’t be able to find honor anywhere. Allah Ta‘ala declares, “And to Allah alone is honor, and (thereafter, honor is blessed from the side of Allah) to His Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), and to the believers, but the hypocrites do not know.”
From this verse, it is clear that honor lies in bringing Imaan whilst there is nothing but humiliation in disbelief. There is no possibility whatsoever of honor being found in disbelief.
Hazrat Khaalid (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) says:
Once, my father fell seriously ill. In his illness, he took a vow saying, “If Allah allows me to recover from this illness, I will not allow that deity to be worshipped in Makkah Mukarramah which Muhammed (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) commands the people to worship.” I made du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala saying, “O Allah! Since my father does not wish to accept Islam and is determined to oppose Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), do not allow him to recover from this illness.” As a result, my father died in this illness.
(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/164-165)