Mus‘ab ibn 'Umair

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Mus'ab ibn Umair
Born(594-01-08)8 January 594
Died22 December 625(625-12-22) (aged 31)
Cause of deathMartyrdom in the Battle of Uhud
Known forBeing a Sahaba of Muhammad
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Mus‘ab ibn Umair (Arabic: مصعب بن عمير‎) also known as Mus‘ab al-Khayr ("the Good")[1] was a sahabi (companion) of Muhammad. From the Banū ‘Abd al-Dār branch of the Quraysh, he embraced Islam in 614 CE and was the first ambassador of Islam.[2] He died in the Battle of Uhud in 625 CE.[3]

Early life[edit]

Mus‘ab ibn Umair was born to the Banū 'Abd al-Dār branch of the Quraysh tribe.[4] his exact birth year is not known, it is believed that he was born sometime between 594 and 598 CE since he was very young when he embraced Islam in 614.[5] Mus‘ab was the son of Umair ibn Hashim and Khunaas Bint Maalik, and his parents were wealthy.[6] Even as a young man, he was permitted to attend meetings of the Quraysh elders.[6] He was one of the very handsome men in Makkah and Quraysh to an extent that some women used to be in a queue to just have atleast one glance at him when he used to walk by. He was also one of the Richest men in Makkah. Every cloth of his was stiched by a tailor, even his shoes was also made by his cobbler in Yemen. Further more he used to smell good. The fragrance he used to have was very well known that the people would know that he is near before he had even appeared. After converting to Islam he became one of the beautiful reciters of Qur'an and was a wise man full of wisdom. He was capable of convincing any one with his speech. He is a role model for generations of muslim youth.

Conversion to Islam[edit]

The first Muslims used to meet with Muhammad at the house of Al-Arqam known as the islamic learning center.[7] Mus'ab went to this house to find out more about Islam. As a result of hearing the reciting of the Qur'an and the preaching of Muhammad, he converted.[8][9]

At first Mus'ab kept his faith a secret, for he was afraid of how his mother would react.[1] But one day a Quraysh opponent of Muhammad, Uthman ibn Talha, saw him entering Al Arqam's house and joining the Muslim prayers. The news spread and eventually reached his mother, who chained him in their house with the intention of making him recant.[10] Mus'ab would not renounce his faith. Muhammad advised him to join the companions who were emigrating to Abyssinia so that he would not be harassed again.[8]

First Ambassador of Islam[edit]

Mus‘ab ibn Umayr was appointed the first ambassador of Islam and was sent to Yathrib (Medina)[2][11] to prepare the city for the forthcoming Hijra after the first pledge with the ansar. A man of Medina named Asad ibn Zurarah assisted him. After they had preached Islam, many residents of Medina were converted, including such leading men such as Sa'd ibn Mu'adh, Usayd ibn Hudayr and Sa'd ibn Ubadah.[12] The Medinan converts were known as Ansars ("helpers").[2]

Military campaigns[edit]

Battle of Badr[edit]

He participated in the Battle of Badr. Muhammad's forces included Ali, Hamza, Mus`ab ibn `Umair, Az-Zubair bin Al-'Awwam, Ammar ibn Yasir, and Abu Dharr al-Ghifari. The Muslims also brought seventy camels and two horses, meaning that they either had to walk or fit three to four men per camel.[13] However, many early Muslim sources indicate that no serious fighting was expected,[14] and the future Caliph Uthman stayed behind to care for his sick wife Ruqayyah, the daughter of Muhammad.[15] Salman the Persian also could not join the battle, as he was still not a free man.[16]

Many of the Quraishi nobles, including Amr ibn Hishām, Walid ibn Utba, Shaiba, and Umayah ibn Khalaf, joined the Meccan army. Their reasons varied: some were out to protect their financial interests in the caravan; others wanted to avenge Ibn al-Hadrami, the guard killed at Nakhlah; finally, a few must have wanted to take part in what was expected to be an easy victory against the Muslims.[17] Amr ibn Hishām is described as shaming at least one noble, Umayah ibn Khalaf, into joining the expedition. [18]

Death in the Battle of Uhud[edit]

In the Battle of Uhud in 625 CE, Muhammad assigned Mus'ab ibn Umayr to carry the Muslim flag.[4] During the battle, some Muslims were under the impression that the war was over left their positions on the battlefield,[4] giving the opposing forces hope of attacking Muhammad himself. On realizing the danger, Mus'ab, who was of a similar position and colouring to Muhammad, raised his flag and shouted the takbir ("Allah is greatest!"), with the intention of diverting the enemies' attention towards himself and allowing Muhammad to remain unhurt.[19] Mus'ab was attacked, and his right hand was severed holding the Flag, but he continued to repeat the Quranic words, and took the flag in his left hand. when his left hand was severed he took hold of it with his arms but never let the flag fall. "Muhammad is only a Messenger of God. Messengers have passed away before him.'(Qur'an,3:144)'"[6][20] Eventually Musab was hit by a spear thrown by Ibn Kami'ah[19] and died. But never let the flag fall while he had breath in his chest.[3]


Sixty-five Muslims were killed in the battle.[21] Khabbab ibn al-Aratt narrated:

We migrated in the company of Allah's Apostle, seeking Allah's Pleasure. So our reward became due and sure with Allah. Some of us have been dead without enjoying anything of their rewards (here), and one of them was Mus'ab bin 'Umar who was martyred on the day of the battle of Uhud, and did not leave anything except a Namira (i.e. a sheet in which he was shrouded). If we covered his head with it, his feet became naked, and if we covered his feet with it, his head became naked. So the Prophet said to us, "Cover his head with it and put some Idhkhir (i.e. a kind of grass) over his feet or throw Idhkhir over his feet." But some amongst us have got the fruits of their labor ripened, and they are collecting them.[22][23]

Muhammad stood beside Musab's body and recited: "Among the believers are men who have been true to what they have pledged to God.[24] The Messenger of God testifies that you are martyrs in the sight of God." When Mus'ab's wife, Hammanah bint Jahsh, heard about the death of her brother and maternal uncle, she replied, "To Allah we belong and to him we will verily return. I ask Allah‘s forgiveness for him." But when she heard about the death of her husband Mus'ab, she shouted and cried.[11]

See also[edit]


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  13. ^ Lings, pp. 138–139
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  20. ^ Quran 3:144
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  22. ^ Sahih al-Bukhari, 5:59:378
  23. ^ Translated: Dr Muhammad Muhsin Khan (1994). Summarized Sahih Al Bukhari (Large). Darussalam, 1994. p. 323–. ISBN 9789960732206. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  24. ^ Quran 33:23