Expedition of Dhu Qarad

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Expedition of Dhu Qarad
Date September 627AD, 4th month 6AH or 12th month of 6AH
Location Dhu Qarad
  • Abdur Rahman Uyanah bin Hisn Al-Fazari loots Muhammad's milch camels
  • Muhammad and his companions chase after the thieves and get half their goods back[1][2][3]
Commanders and leaders
Salamah bin Al-Akwa Abdur Rahman Uyanah bin Hisn Al-Fazari
500-700 Muslims assembled, only 8 sent[1] 40 horsemen[1]
Casualties and losses
4 killed[1] 4 killed[1]

The Expedition of Dhu Qarad also known as the Expedition of Ghaba[3] took place in September, 627AD, 6AH of the Islamic calendar, some scholars say that it took place just before the Battle of Khaybar, in the 12th month of 6AH.[4][5]

A few days after Muhammad returned Medina from the raid on the Banu Lihyan, a band of armed men of Ghatafan led by Abdur Rahman Uyanah bin Hisn Al-Fazari raided the outskirts of the city; and seized 20 milch camels. They also killed the shepherd and took his wife as a captive.[2][6]


Background and reason for attack[edit]

According to William Montgomery Watt, Uyaynah b. Hisn al-Fazari was annoyed because Muhammad had broken off negotiations with him over the withdrawal of Ghatafan.[1]

Abdur Rahman Uyanah bin Hisn Al-Fazari made a raid, looted the camels, and killed the man who looked after them and kidnapped his wife. Salama bin Amr was the first to find this out, and he chased after him. Muhammad later found out and joined the chase.[2][6]

The place by which it was fought is known as Dhu Qarad, a reservoir of water at a day’s journey from Madinah. According to the majority of scholars, this incident took place three days before the battle of Khaibar.[1]

Muslim response[edit]

A hunt took place, and the camel and the kidnapped women were brought back. Muhammad on his way back to Medina stopped at a place called Dhu Qarad and sacrificed a camel.[2][6]

Muhammad collected 500-700 fighters, but followed up by sending 8 horsemen. Only 40 enemy horsemen were involved, and the booty Muslims captured was 20 milking camels. Half the camels were recovered, and while doing so, the Muslims killed 4 of the raiders while suffering the same loss of their own men.[1]

Islamic primary sources[edit]

The event is mentioned in detail in the Sunni hadith collection, Sahih Muslim

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Watt, W. Montgomery (1956). Muhammad at Medina. Oxford University Press. p. 42. ISBN 978-0-19-577307-1. "Then there was the raid on Muhammad's private herd of camels by 'Uyaynah b. Hisn al-Fazari, who was doubtless annoyed because Muhammad had broken off negotiations with him over the withdrawal of Ghatafan. The raid was a small affair. Only 40 enemy horsemen were involved, and the booty was only 20 milking camels; 8 Muslims pursued on horseback, recovered half the camels, and killed 4 of the raiders for the loss of i of their own number."  (free online)
  2. ^ a b c d e "Dhu Qarad Invasion", Witness-Pioneer.com
  3. ^ a b c Mubarakpuri, Saifur Rahman Al (2002), When the Moon Split, DarusSalam, p. 228, ISBN 978-9960-897-28-8 
  4. ^ Hawarey, Dr. Mosab (2010). The Journey of Prophecy; Days of Peace and War (Arabic). Islamic Book Trust. Note: Book contains a list of battles of Muhammad in Arabic, English translation available here
  5. ^ Tabari, Al (25 Sep 1990), The last years of the Prophet (translated by Isma’il Qurban Husayn), State University of New York Press 
  6. ^ a b c Mufti, M. Mukarram Ahmed (Dec 2007), Encyclopaedia of Islam, Anmol Publications Pvt Ltd, p. 228, ISBN 978-81-261-2339-1