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Thaqif! You have been the latest at embracing Islam, so do not be the first to apostatize.”
Consequently they gave up apostasy and clung fast to Islam.
The group of delegates returned home but they were determined to conceal the truth for a
while. They told their people to expect fight at any moment. They pretended to be grieved
and depressed. They claimed that the Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him) demanded
that they should embrace Islam and abandon adultery, drinking wine and dealing with usury
and some other things, or else he would fight them. Seized by the arrogance and zeal of
(pre-Islamic traditions), Thaqif remained for days intent on fighting. Then Allâh
cast terror and dismay in their hearts in such a way that they gave up fighting and thought
that the delegation should go back to him and announce their approval. It was until then
that the group of delegates told them the truth and revealed the items of their peace-talk
with the Prophet, consequently Thaqif embraced Islam.
The Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him) sent some men to demolish the idol called “Al-
Lat” under the command of Khalid bin Al-Waleed. Al-Mugheerah bin Shu‘bah, stood to his
feet, held the hoe and the ax and said: “By Allâh, I will make you laugh at Thaqif.” He struck
with them, and pretended to fall down while running. The people of Thaqif trembled at that
sight and said: “May Allâh dismay Al-Mugheerah off. The goddess has killed him.” Hearing
that Al-Mugheerah leapt up to his feet and said: “May Allâh bring shame on you. Al-Lat is
nothing but a mass of dirt and stones.” Then he struck the door and broke it. He mounted
its highest wall, and so did the other men. They knocked Al-Lat down till they levelled it with
the ground. Then they dug up its foundation and brought out its jewels and garments; to
the great astonishment of Thaqif. Khalid bin Al-Waleed and his group came back to the
Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him) carrying Al-Lat’s jewels and garments. The
Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him) distributed them a nd thanked Allâh for helping his
Prophet and solidifying his religion.
10. The message of the Yemeni kings: After the return of the Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon
him) from Tabuk, a message came to him from the kings of Himyar, Al-Harith bin ‘Abd Kilal,
Na‘eem bin ‘Abd Kilal, An-Nu‘man bin Qeel Dhi Ra‘in, Hamdan and Mu‘afir. Their messenger
was Malik bin Murrah Ar-Rahawi. They sent him in order to inform the Prophet (Peace be
upon him) about their embracing Islam and their parting with polytheism. In reply to their
message, the Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him) gave them the pledge of Allâh and
the pledge of His Messenger provided they paid the tribute, which was still overdue. He sent
to them some of his Companions under the command of Mu‘adh bin Jabal (May Allah be
pleased with him).
11. Hamdan Delegation: The arrival of this delegation was in the ninth year of Al-Hijra after the
Messenger’s return from Tabuk. So the Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him) gave them
a pledge to guarantee the fulfillment of their demands. He sent to them Malik bin An-Namt
as their chief, and appointed him as an agent on those of his people who embraced Islam.
Khalid bin Al-Waleed was appointed for them all with a purpose of calling them to Islam. He
stayed with them for six months calling them to Islam but no one responded to his call.
Later on ‘Ali bin Abi Talib was dispatched there and Khalid was ordered to come back. Upon
arriving at Hamdan, ‘Ali communicated to them a message from the Messenger of Allâh
(Peace be upon him) and called them to Islam. They responded to the call and became
Muslims. ‘Ali wrote to the Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him) informing him of the good
tidings. The Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him) was briefed on the content of that
letter, so he prostrated, then raised his head up and said: “Peace be upon Hamdan. Peace
be upon Hamdan.”
12. The Delegation of Bani Fazarah: Upon the Messenger’s return from Tabuk, the delegation of
Bani Fazarah came to see him. That was in the ninth year of Al-Hijra. The group of delegates
were over ten men. They came in order to profess Islam and complain about the drought of
their region. The Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him) ascended the pulpit, lifted his
hands up and implored Allâh to send rain forth onto them and said:
“O Allâh let rain fall down, and water Your country and animals, and spread Your mercy
and bring to life the dead lands. O Allâh send rain that would be saving, comforting, and
sprouting grass, and overwhelming vast areas sooner and later. Let it be useful rain and not
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