The Arch Enemies of Islam – Haarith bin Qais Sahmi – Part Two

The people who were the most active in mocking and taunting Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) were the following five; Aswad bin ‘Abd-e-Yaghooth, Waleed bin Mugheerah, Aswad bin ‘Abdil Muttalib, ‘Aas bin Waa’il and Haarith bin Qays.

On one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was making tawaaf of the Baytullah when Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) appeared before him. While Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was complaining to Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) about the excessive mockery of these people, Waleed bin Mugheerah happened to pass by. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) informed Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) that this was Waleed. Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) indicated towards Waleed’s jugular vein. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) asked, “What have you done?” Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) replied, “You have been sufficed against Waleed.”

Thereafter, Aswad bin Muttalib happened to pass by. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mentioned, “This is Aswad bin Muttalib.” Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) indicated towards his eyes. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) asked, “O Jibreel! What have you done?” Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) replied, “You have been sufficed against Aswad bin Muttalib.”

Thereafter, Aswad bin ‘Abd-e-Yaghooth passed by. Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) indicated towards his head, and when Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) asked him what he had done, he said, “You have been sufficed.”

Thereafter, Haarith happened to pass by. Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) pointed to his stomach and said to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), “You have been sufficed.”

Thereafter, ‘Aas bin Waa’il passed by. Pointing to the soles of his feet, Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) said, “You have been sufficed.”

Accordingly, what happened to Waleed is that he came across a man from the Khuzaa‘ah tribe who was engaged in making arrows. Accidentally, Waleed stepped onto one of his arrows, thereby causing a minor injury to his foot. When he went to touch his foot, he found that it was bleeding, and this injury led to his death.

What happened to Aswad bin Muttalib is that he sat beneath an acacia tree when he suddenly screamed out to his sons, “Help me! Help me! Someone is stabbing thorns into my eyes!” His sons replied, “We cannot see anyone here!” he went on shouting like this until he went blind.

What transpired with Aswad bin ‘Abd-e-Yaghooth is that Hazrat Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) merely pointed to his head when suddenly, his whole head erupted in pustules and pimples, and this affliction resulted in his death.

As for Haarith, he suddenly contracted an illness that caused fecal matter to come out of his mouth. This ailment led to his death.

Finally, ‘Aas bin Waa’il was on his way to Taa’if on a donkey when he unexpectedly fell off the donkey, landing on a patch of thorny grass. An ordinary thorn pricked his foot, but it caused such a severe injury that it proved fatal for him.

After reading these incidents, we should ponder over whether force and pressure was employed by the Muslims in the spread of Islam, or whether cruelty and transgression was used by the Kuffaar for the eradication and suppression of Islam.

(Seeratul Mustafa 1/222-223)

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