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see Ukaidir come out to hunt them, so he captured him— though he was surrounded by his men—
and brought him back to the Messenger of Allâh (peace be upon him), who spared his life and made
peace with him for the payment of two thousand camels, eight hundred heads of cattle, four
hundred armours and four hundred lances. He obliged him to recognize the duty of paying tribute
and charged him with cit from Dumat, Tabuk, Ailah and Taima’.
The tribes, who used to a lly the Byzantines, became quite certain that their dependence oinn their
former masters came to an end. Therefore they turned into being pro-Muslims. The Islamic state
had therefore enlarged its borders to an extent that it, touched the Byzantines’ and their agents’
borders. So we see that the Byzantine agents role was over.
Returning to Madinah:
The Muslim army returned from Tabuk victoriously, undeceived or wronged. That was because Allâh
had sufficed them the evils of fight.
On the way back and at amountain road, twelve hypocrites sought the Prophet’s life and that was
while he was passing along that mountain road with only Ammar holding the rein of his she-camel
and Hudhaifa bin Al-Yaman driving it, at the time that people had already gone down into the
bottom of the valley.
The hypocrites seized that opportunity to seek the Prophet’s life. As the Messenger of Allâh (peace
be upon him) and his two companions were moving along, they heard thrusts of people coming
towards him from behind with their faces veiled. Hudhaifa, who was sent by the Prophet to see what
was going on, saw them and stroke their mounts’ faces with a crook in his hand and Allâh cast fear
into their hearts. They fled away and overtook their people.
However, Hudhaifa named them to the Messenger of Allâh (peace be upon him) and informed him of
their intentions. So that was why Hudhaifa was called the “confidant” of the Messenger of Allâh
(peace be upon him). About this event Allâh, the Exalted says:
“And they resolved that [plot to murder Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)] which
they were unable to carry out.” [9:74]
When his headquarters, Madinah, began to loom at the horizon, the Prophet (peace be upon him)
said: “This is a cheerful sight. This is Uhud, which is a mountain, w e like it and it likes us.” When the
Madinese learnt of their arrival they set out to meet the army. Women, youths, youngsters and
small children went out of town to celebrate their home -return wholeheartedly singing:
“The full moon shone down upon us, through the traits of Al-Wada‘ Mountain.
Thanks is due to us, as long as a supplicator invokes to Allâh..”
The Messenger of Allâh ’s march to Tabuk was in Rajab and his return in Ramadan. So we see that
took fifty days, twenty days of which were spent in Tabuk and the others on the way
to and fro. Tabuk Invasion was the last one made by the Prophet (peace be upon him).
The People Who lagged Behind:
Due to its particular circumstances, this invasion was a peculiar severe trial provided by Allâh only
to try the believers’Faith and sort them out of others. This is Allâh’s permanent Will in such
circumstances. In this respect He says:
“Allâh will not leave the believers in the state in which you are now, until He distinguishes
the wicked from the good.”
Lagging and hanging back from full participation in that invasion amounted to the degree of
hypocrisy. Whenever the Messenger of Allâh (peace be upon him) was informed of a man’s
lingering, he would say: “Leave him alone! If Allâh knows him to be good He will enable him to
follow you; but if he were not so, Allâh would relieve us of him.”
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