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4. Farwah Bani ‘Amr Al-Judhami’s messenger: Farwah was an Arab leader in the Byzantine
army. He was a Byzantine agent ruler by proxy on the Arabs allied to the Byzantines. His
home was at Mu‘an and the surrounding area of Ash-Sham lands. Seeing the stamina and
courage of the Muslims he became a Muslim. The battle of Mu’tah— which took place in the
eighth year of Al-Hijra — compelled his admiration. He sent a white mule gift with a
messenger of his to the Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him) to inform him of his
conversion into Islam. When the Byzantines learnt of his embracing Islam, they sent him to
prison. At first they gave him an opportunity to choose one of the two— “either he defects
from Islam or death shall be his punishment.” Refusing to defect they crucified him and cut
his neck at a water (fountain) called ‘Afra’ in Palestine.
5. Sudâ’ Delegation: The arrival of this delegation was after the departure of the Messenger of
Allâh (Peace be upon him) from Al-Ji‘ranah in the eighth year of Al-Hi. It was because the
Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him) had already dispatched a mission that comprised
four hundred Muslims and asked them to go to where Sudâ’ was. Sudâ’ was (a fresh-water
fountain) in Yemen. While the mission was camping there at the starting point of a canal.
Ziyad bin Al-Harith As-Sudâ’i learned of their stay, so he came to the Messenger of Allâh
(Peace be upon him) and said: “I have come to you as a deputy of my people, so tell your
army to go back and I guarantee of my people.” The army were sent away off the canal. In
his turn As-Sudâ’i went back, cherished and urged his people to come and meet the
Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him). Eventually fifteen of them came and pledged
allegiance to him as true Muslims. Returning home, they in their turn, urged the rest to be
Muslims. Thus Islam spread among them. Later on, a hundred men joined the Messenger of
Allâh (Peace be upon him) in
(Farewell Pilgrimage.)
6. The arrival of Ka‘b bin Zuhair bin Abi Sulma: Ka‘b who was a member of a family of poets,
was considered one of the most poetic Arab poets. He used to satirize the Prophet (Peace be
upon him) when he wasn’t a Muslim. In the eighth year of Al-Hijra and at the time that the
Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him) had already gone back from At-Ta’if invasion, Bujair
bin Zuhair wrote a letter to his brother Ka‘b warning and advising him: “The Messenger of
Allâh (Peace be upon him) had killed some men in Makkah who used to satirize and harm
him, and that the other poets who had survived fled in all directions for their lives. So if you
want to save your skin, hasten to the Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him). He never
kills those who resort to him as repentant. If you refuse to do as I tell, it is up to you to try
to save your skin by any means.” The two brothers corresponded with one another for a
long time till Ka‘b was awkward and felt as if the earth had constrained on him. Arriving in
Madinah, he stayed at a man’s house from Juhainah as a guest. They performed the dawn
prayer together; but when he was about to leave, the man suggested that he go to the
Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him). He went there, sat by him, put his hand in his. The
Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him) who had never seen Ka‘b before, did not recognize
him. Ka‘b then said: “O, Messenger of Allâh! Ka‘b bin Zuhair has come to you as a repentant
Muslim; will he be secure and forgiven if I fetch him?” The Messenger of Allâh (Peace be
upon him) said, “Yes.” “I am Ka‘b bin Zuhair,” said he. Upon hearing that one of the Helpers
rose to his feet and asked the Messenger’s allowance to cut his throat. “Leave him alone!”
Said the Prophet (Peace be upon him), “He has become a repentant Muslim after his
disposal of the past.” Ka‘b then recited his well-known poem “
Su‘ad appeared...”
in which he
praised the Prophet (Peace be upon him) , thanked him and apologized for the wrongs he
had done. He acknowledged Muhammad’s mission. Both Emigrants and Helpers were spoken
of in this poem but differently. He praised the Emigrants but criticized the Helpers, for one
of them demanded a Prophet’s permission to kill him. Later on Ka‘b tried to compensate for
that by praising the Helpers too but that was in another poem.
7. , ‘Udharah Delegation: This delegation which consisted of twelve men, had arrived in
Madinah in Safar, the ninth year of Al-Hijra. They spent three days there. One of them was
Hamza bin An-Nu‘man. When they were asked who they were, they said “We are Bani
‘Udharah, the foster brothers of Qusai to his mother. We are the ones who supported Qusai,
and removed Khuza’a and Bani Bakr from the bosom of Makkah. We have relatives and
kinspeople.” So the Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him) welcomed them and gave good
tidings to them, which was Ash-Sham Conquest; but he, on the other hand, forbade them
from consulting a soothsayer and from eating the slain animals they slaughtered. Eventually
they became Muslims, stayed there for several days then went back.
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