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for Musailima the liar, versions vary concerning his embracing Islam. Contemplation of all
these versions shows clearly that Musailima expressed disapproval and revealed
haughtiness, boastful spirit and expectations to be a prince.
At first the Prophet (Peace be upon him) attempted going on well with him. he dealt with
him nicely and charitably but that did not do with him. The Messenger of Allâh (Peace be
upon him) perceived evil in his soul and recognized that he was one of those three evils he
dreamt of while asleep.
The Prophet (Peace be upon him) had already dreamt that he had been granted the
treasures of earth. His hand fell upon two golden bracelets, which distressed and worried
him a lot. He was taught by inspiration to b low them off, so he did that and they were gone
off. They were interpreted to be two liars who would turn up after the death of Muhammad
(Peace be upon him). So when Musailima acted that way and showed disapproval, he
realized that he would be one of the two liars. However Musailima used to say, “If
Muhammad appointed me a successor of his, I would be a Muslim. Later on the Messenger
of Allâh (Peace be upon him) came to him, with a piece of palm leaf in his hand, and in the
company of his orator, Thabit bin Qais bin Shammas. He was among some of his friends.
The Prophet (Peace be upon him) talked to him but Musailima addressed him saying: “If you
agree to transfer the whole thing to me after your death, I will not stand in your way.” The
Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him) replied: “If you asked me to give you this (i.e. a
piece of a palm leaf), I would not grant it to you. You are doomed. Even if you repented and
stopped what you were doing, Allâh appointed that you would be slain. By Allâh, I swear,
that I see you now in the very state that has been revealed to me. Here is Thabit! You will
hear my answer (from him).” Then he went away.
Finally, the Prophet’s predictions of Musailima came true; for when Musailima returned to
Yamama, he kept on thinking about the Prophet (Peace be upon him) and how he would be
his partner. His dreams and thoughts went so far as to claim that he himself was a prophet.
To confirm his prophecy he started uttering rhymed statements. He said that it was lawful to
drink wine and commit adultery. He, however, bore witness that the Messenger of Allâh
(Peace be upon him) was a real Prophet. His people, who were fascinated by what he
allowed them to do, followed him and made bargains with him. He grew so prominent
among them that they called him the beneficent of Al-Yamama. He wrote to the Messenger
of Allâh (Peace be upon him) saying: “I have been appointed an associate with you, so I will
have a half and Quraish will have the other half of the people’s affairs.” The Messenger of
Allâh’s reply was a letter saying that:
“Verily, the earth is Allâh’s. He gives it as a heritage to whom He will of His
slaves, and the (blessed) end is for the
(pious).” [7:128]
On the authority of Ibn Mas‘ud, he says: When the two messengers of Musailima— Ibn An-
Nawaha and Ibn Athal — came to the Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him), he asked
them: “Do you bear witness that I am the Messenger of Allâh?” Their reply was “We testify
that Musailima is the Messenger of Allâh.” “I believe in Allâh and in His Messenger,” said the
Prophet (Peace be upon him), “If I had ever thought of killing a messenger I would have
killed you both.”
Musailima’s pretence to prophethood was in the tenth year of Al-Hijra. But he was killed in
Al-Yamama war during Abu Bakr As-Siddeeq era, in Rabi‘ Al-Awwal, in the twelfth year of Al-
Hijra. He was killed by Wahshi, the killer of Hamzah. The second person who claimed to be a
prophet was Al-Aswad Al-‘Ansi who was in Yemen. He was killed by Fairuz. His head was cut
off a day and a night before the Prophet’s d eath. So when the delegates came he told them
the news that reached him through Divine Revelation. News about his death reached Abu
Bakr (May Allah be pleased with him) from Yemen.
14. The Delegation of Bani ‘Amir bin Sa‘sa‘a: Among the group of delegates were ‘Amir bin At-
Tufail — the enemy of Allâh, Arbad bin Qais — Labid’s maternal brother, Khalid bin Ja‘far,
and Jabbar bin Aslam. All of them were the leaders and satans of their people. ‘Amir was the
one who double-crossed the group of Ma‘una well. When this delegation made their mind to
come to Madinah, ‘Amir and Arbad conspired to kill the Prophet (Peace be upon him). So
when the group of delegates arrived, ‘Amir kept on talking to the Prophet (Peace be upon
him) whereas Arbad turned aside trying to draw h is sword. He managed to draw a span of
hand long but Allâh stilled his hand so that he was unable to proceed with its withdrawal.
Allâh protected the Prophet (Peace be upon him). The Prophet (Peace be upon him) invoked
Allâh against them. So when they returned, Allâh sent down a thunderbolt unto Arbad and
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