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Dihyah Kalbi

Traditional burial place of Dihyah Kalbi (Wahi al-Kalbi) in Ed Dahi, Israel

Dihyah (or Dahyah) Wahi al-Kalbi (Arabic: دحية الكلبى‎, Dihyat ul-Kalbi) was the envoy who delivered the Muslim prophet Muhammad's message to the Roman Emperor Heraclius.[1]

According to Muhammad's wife Aisha, he saw Jibril twice “in the form that he was created” and on other occasions as a man resembling Dihyah ibn Khalifah al-Kalbi, an extraordinarily handsome disciple of Muhammad.

Two similar narrations have been recorded through Abu Uthman in Sahih al-Bukhari that reports an incident witnessed by Muhammad's wife Um Salama:

A narration attributed to Abu 'Uthman reports:
A narration attributed to Abu 'Uthman reports:

Kalbi was the paternal ancestor of Medieval Moorish scholar Ibn Dihya al-Kalby.

Becoming Muslim

Dihyat ul-Kalbi was the leader of a big clan. La Ilaha Illallah Muhammadun Rasulullah’. I forgive these 70 too.”

Expedition of Zaid ibn Haritha (Hisma)

He was attacked during the Expedition of Zaid ibn Haritha (Hisma) Dihya approached the Banu Dubayb (a tribe which converted to Islam and had good relations with Muslims) for help. When the news reached Muhammad, he immediately dispatched Zayd ibn Haritha with 500 men to punish them. The Muslim army fought with Banu Judham, killed several of them (inflicting heavy casualties), including their chief, Al-Hunayd ibn Arid and his son, and captured 1000 camels, 5000 of their cattle and a 100 women and boys. The chief of the Banu Judham who had embraced Islam appealed to Muhammad to release his fellow tribesmean, and Muhammad released them.[4][5]

See also


  1. ^ Chapter 42: The Events of the Seventh Year of Migration
  2. ^ USC "Religious Texts", Sahih al-Bukhari, Retrieved on 2009-4-11.
  3. ^ USC "Religious Texts", Sahih al-Bukhari, Retrieved on 2009-4-11.
  4. ^ ( online)
  5. ^ (free online)

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