Expedition of Uyainah bin Hisn

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Expedition of Uyainah bin Hisn
Date July 630 AD, 9AH, 1st month, of the Islamic Calendar.[1][2]
Location Around Najd (Central Saudi Arabia)
Result
  • 63 men, women and children captured
Commanders and leaders
Uyainah bin Hisn Unknown
Strength
50 Unknown
Casualties and losses
Unknown 63 captured

(11 men, 22 women and 30 boys[3][4][5][6] )

The Expedition of Uyainah bin Hisn,[7] against the Banu Tamim tribe took place in July 630 AD, 9AH, 1st month, of the Islamic Calendar.[8]

Muhammad sent Uyainah bin Hisn to collect tax from the Banu Tamim, but one of the sub-tribes attacked Uyainah and forced him out of the territory even before he could ask for the tax. Muhammad then sent 50 fighters against them and captured their men, women and children. The prisoners were later released, after a delegation of the tribe came to Muhammad asking for forgiveness.[9][10][11]

Expedition[edit]

Muhammad's tax collectors forced out[edit]

The Banu Tamim were a tribe who fought alongside Muhammad and helped in the Battle of Hunayn and Conquest of Mecca. However, when Muhammad sent a delegation led by Uyainah bin Hisn to collect tax (or zakat, which he made obligatory), the Banu al-Anbar, a sub-tribe of the Banu Tamim, refused to pay it. Instead they attacked him and forced him out of the territory, even before he could ask for the tax.[12][13][14]

50 fighters capture men, women and children[edit]

Uyainah bin Hisn came back and told the news to Muhammad, who then sent 50 Muslim fighters to enforce his orders[15] and make an example of the offenders. Uyainah bin Hisn launched a surprise attack against them, captured more than 50 men, women and children and brought them back to Muhammad in Medina. Muhammad kept these men, women and children in confinement.[16]11 men, 22 women and 30 boys were captured.[17][18]

Poetry contest[edit]

Then a delegation of the Banu Tamim rushed to Medina to ask for his forgiveness. Muhammad refused to talk to them, as he felt they were disturbing him.[19] According to Tabari and Ibn Sa'd, when the delegation came, the women and children saw them and began to cry, which explained their urgency to reach Muhammad.[20]

When they had the chance to talk, they reminded him of their comradeship in arms (in the Battle of Hunayn) and offered to recite some poems to Muhammad and contest against Muhammad's own poets.[21]

The first person to stand up and contest in poetry (which was an Arab tradition at the time) was from the Banu Tamim. Then Muhammad ordered Thabit ibn Qays to reply with his poetry. Thabit recited that Muhammad was a messenger from heaven, devoted to the Muhajir (refugees) and the faithful. He finished the poem by threatening destruction against all those who should refuse Islam.[22]

New Quran verse[edit]

After reciting the poems, the Banu Tamim delegation admitted that Muhammad's poets exceeded them in eloquence. Muhammad released the prisoners thereafter but told them not to be so rude to him in the future. A new Quran verse was revealed:

[23]

The famous Muslim jurist, Ibn Kathir, mentions in his Tafsir that Thabit ibn Qays believed he was among the dwellers of fire because he raised his voice against Muhammad. Muhammad comforted him by claiming he was among the dwellers of paradise. Qays was later killed in the Battle of Yamama.[24]

According to the Muslim Scholar Hussain Haykal, all tribes that refused Muhammad's authority faced his overwhelming power. They were comfronted with the choices of either (1) converting to Islam and paying the zakat, or if they refused to convert, (2) submitting to the Muslim political power and paying the kharaj.[25] Kharaj is usually synonymous with jizyah, a tax levied on non-Muslims for protection.[26]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ Abu Khalil, Shawqi (1 March 2004). Atlas of the Prophet's biography: places, nations, landmarks. Dar-us-Salam. p. 228. ISBN 978-9960-897-71-4. 
  3. ^ Rahman al-Mubarakpuri, Saifur (2005), The Sealed Nectar, Darussalam Publications, p. 269 
  4. ^ The Sealed Nectar, Text Version, Witness-Pioneer.com
  5. ^ Haykal, Hussain (1 Jun 2010), The Life of Mohammed, Islamic Book Trust, p. 477, ISBN 978-81-87746-46-1 
  6. ^ Muir, William (August 1878), The Life of Mahomet, Kessinger Publishing Co (10 Aug 2003), p. 448, ISBN 978-0-7661-7741-3 
  7. ^ Abu Khalil, Shawqi (1 March 2004). Atlas of the Prophet's biography: places, nations, landmarks. Dar-us-Salam. p. 228. ISBN 978-9960-897-71-4. 
  8. ^ 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
  9. ^ Haykal, Hussain (1 Jun 2010), The Life of Mohammed, Islamic Book Trust, p. 477, ISBN 978-81-87746-46-1 
  10. ^ Muir, William (August 1878), The Life of Mahomet, Kessinger Publishing Co (10 Aug 2003), p. 448, ISBN 978-0-7661-7741-3 
  11. ^ Rahman al-Mubarakpuri, Saifur (2005), The Sealed Nectar, Darussalam Publications, p. 269 
  12. ^ Haykal, Hussain (1 Jun 2010), The Life of Mohammed, Islamic Book Trust, p. 477, ISBN 978-81-87746-46-1 
  13. ^ Rahman al-Mubarakpuri, Saifur (2005), The Sealed Nectar, Darussalam Publications, p. 269 
  14. ^ The Sealed Nectar, Text Version, Witness-Pioneer.com
  15. ^ Haykal, Hussain (1 Jun 2010), The Life of Mohammed, Islamic Book Trust, p. 477, ISBN 978-81-87746-46-1 
  16. ^ Muir, William (August 1878), The Life of Mahomet, Kessinger Publishing Co (10 Aug 2003), p. 448, ISBN 978-0-7661-7741-3 
  17. ^ Rahman al-Mubarakpuri, Saifur (2005), The Sealed Nectar, Darussalam Publications, p. 269 
  18. ^ The Sealed Nectar, Text Version, Witness-Pioneer.com
  19. ^ Haykal, Hussain (1 Jun 2010), The Life of Mohammed, Islamic Book Trust, p. 478, ISBN 978-81-87746-46-1 
  20. ^ The last years of the Prophet , by Tabari, Pg 68. See 4646, notes section
  21. ^ Haykal, Hussain (1 Jun 2010), The Life of Mohammed, Islamic Book Trust, p. 478, ISBN 978-81-87746-46-1 
  22. ^ Muir, William (August 1878), The Life of Mahomet, Kessinger Publishing Co (10 Aug 2003), p. 449, ISBN 978-0-7661-7741-3 
  23. ^ Muir, William (August 1878), The Life of Mahomet, Kessinger Publishing Co (10 Aug 2003), p. 450, ISBN 978-0-7661-7741-3 
  24. ^ Saed Abdul-Rahman, Muhammad (11 November 2009), Tafsir Ibn Kathir Juz' 26 (Part 26), MSA Publication Ltd, p. 110, ISBN 978-1-86179-746-9 
  25. ^ Haykal, Hussain (1 Jun 2010), The Life of Mohammed, Islamic Book Trust, p. 478, ISBN 978-81-87746-46-1 
  26. ^ Lewis, Bernard (2002). The Arabs in History. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 77. ISBN 0-19-280310-7.