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instead he fought them until he and six of his companions were killed. Three men were left,
Khubaib, Zaid bin Ad-Dathna and another one. Once again, the bedouins offered them a guarantee
of safety and they accepted. When they descended, the bedouins treacherously bound them. The
third man rebuked them for their insincerity and resisted them so they killed him. The other two
men who had killed some notables of Quraish at Badr were taken and sold in Makkah. The first was
Khubaib who was detained for some time and then it was unanimously decided to crucify him. He
was taken from the Holy Sanctuary to At-Tan‘im for crucifixion. He requested a respite to offer a
prayer. After the final greeting, he turned to his executioners, and said: “Had I not been
afraid that you would think that I was afraid of death, I would have prayed for a long time.” It was
then that Khubaib first set the tradition of praying two
before being executed. He then said:
O Lord! Count them one by one, exterminate them to the last one.”
He then recited some verses of poetry which speak eloquently of the atrocities borne by him, and
testify to his Faith in Allâh at this hour of suffering:
The confederates have gathered their tribes around me,
And summoned all of them who could come.
They have gathered their women and children,
I am bound fastly to a lofty trunk.
To Allâh alone I complain of my helplessness and sufferings,
And of the death, the confederates have prepared for me.
Lord of the Throne! Give me endurance against their design,
They have cut my flesh bit by bit, and I have been deprived of sustenance.
They let me choose infidelity but death is preferable,
Tears roll out of my eyes, though not of fear.
By Allâh! I fear not if I die a Muslim,
On what side I fall for the sake of Allâh.
I will not show subservience to the enemy,
If Lord so desires, He will bless my torn limbs and broken joints.
Abu Sufyan then addressed him saying: “I adjure you by Allâh, don’t you wish that Muhammad
(Peace be upon him) were here in your place so that we might cut off his head, and that you were
with your family?” Khubaib answered, “By Allâh, I do not wish that Muhammad (Peace be upon him)
now were in the place I occupy or that a thorn could hurt him, and that I were sitting with my
family.” Quraish ordered ‘Uqbah bin Al-Harith, whose father had been killed by Khubaib himself, to
crucify him. They also appointed someone to guard his corpse. ‘Amr bin Omaiyah Ad-Damari played
a cunning trick and carried the corpse stealthily at night to bury it somewhere. It was later reported
that shortly before his crucifixion, he was seen eating a bunch of grapes although there was not
even one date available in Makkah at that time. [In fact, it was nothing but sustenance bestowed
upon him by Allâh.
Safwan bin Omaiyah purchased the second man, Zaid bin Ad-Dathna, and killed him as an act of
vengeance for his father’s murder.
Quraish, whom ‘Asim had killed one of their notables, sent someone to fetch a portion of his body,
but to their disappointment, his corpse was inaccessible because a large swarm of hornets had been
shielding him against any malicious tampering. ‘Asim had already given his Lord a pledge to remain
immune against any polytheist tampering with respect to his body, and also stay detached from any
contact with the enemies of Allâh. ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab, when hearing this piece of news exclaimed,
“Allâh verily protects His believing slave after death just as He does during his lifespan.
Ma‘una Well tragedy, which was even more horrible than that of Ar-Raji‘, took place in the same
Abu Bara’ — ‘Amir bin Malik — nicknamed ‘
Spear Player
’ came to the Messenger of Allâh (Peace be
upon him) in Madinah. The Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him) called him to embrace Islam but
he neither agreed nor refused. He said: “O Messenger of Allâh, if you dispatch some of your
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