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Mus‘ab ibn 'Umair

Mus‘ab ibn Umair (Arabic: مصعب بن عمير‎) also known as Mus‘ab al-Khayr ("the Good")[1] was a sahabi (companion) of Muhammad(SAWW). 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 was martyred in the Battle of Uhud in 625 CE.[3]


  • Early life 1
  • Conversion to Islam 2
  • First Ambassador of Islam 3
  • Military campaigns 4
    • Battle of Badr 4.1
    • Death in the Battle of Uhud 4.2
  • Burial 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7

Early life

Mus‘ab ibn Umair was born to the Banū ‘Abd al-Dār branch of the Quraysh tribe.[4] Although 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]

Conversion to Islam

The first Muslims used to meet with Muhammad(SAWW) 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(SAWW), he was 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(SAWW), Uthman ibn Talhal, 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(SAWW) advised him to join the companions who were emigrating to Abyssinia so that he would not be harassed again.[8]

First Ambassador of Islam

Mus‘ab ibn Umair was appointed the first ambassador of Islam and was sent to Yathrib (Medina)[2][11] to prepare the city for the forthcoming Hijra. A man of Medina named Sa'd ibn Zurarah assisted him. After they had preached Islam, many residents of Medina were converted, including such leading men such as Sa'd ibn Muadh, Usayd ibn Khudayr and Sa'd ibn Ubadah.[12] It was estimated that by the time Muhammad(SAWW)arrived in September 622, Medina had ten thousand Muslims. These Medinan converts were known as Ansars ("helpers").[2]

Military campaigns

Battle of Badr

He participated in the Battle of Badr. Muhammad's forces included Abu Bakr, Umar, 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

In the Battle of Uhud in 625 CE, Muhammad assigned Mus'ab ibn Umayr to carry the Muslim standard.[4] During the battle, some Muslims fled from their positions on the battlefield,[4] giving the opposing forces a clear path to attack Muhammad himself. On realising the danger, Mus'ab, who was of a similar build and colouring to Muhammad, raised the standard and shouted the takbir ("Allah is greatest!"), with the intention of diverting the enemies' attention towards himself and allowing Muhammad to escape unhurt.[19] Mus'ab was attacked, and his right hand was severed, but he continued to repeat the Quranic words, "Muhammad is only a Messenger of God. Messengers have passed away before him."[6][20] Eventually Musab was hit by a spear thrown by Ibn Kami'ah[19] and was martyred.[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, [11]

See also


  1. ^ a b IslamKotob. Companions of the Prophet. Islamic Books. p. -. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c UNESCO (2012). Different Aspects of Islamic Culture: Vol.3: The Spread of Islam Throughout the World Volume 3 of Different aspects of Islamic culture. UNESCO, 2012. p. 51-.  
  3. ^ a b Jean-Pierre Filiu, M. B. DeBevoise (2011). Apocalypse in Islam University of California Press. University of California Press, 2011. p. 186-.  
  4. ^ a b c Muhammad Saed Abdul-Rahman (2009). The Meaning and Explanation of the Glorious Qur'an (Vol 2) 2nd Edition. MSA Publication Limited, 2009. p. 69-.  
  5. ^ Scott C. Lucas (2004). Constructive Critics, Ḥadīth Literature, and the Articulation of Sunnī Islam: The Legacy of the Generation of Ibn Sad, Ibn Maīn, and Ibn Ḥanbal. BRILL, 2004. p. 269-.  
  6. ^ a b c Rafi Ahmad Fidai, N.M. Shaikh (2002). Companion of the Holy Prophet, the. Adam Publishers, 2002. p. 40,47-.  
  7. ^ Dr Ali Muhammad As Sallaabee (2005). The Noble Life of the Prophet (Vol1-3) Volume 1 of The Noble Life of the Prophet. Darussalam, 2005. p. 175-.  
  8. ^ a b "Biography of Musab ibn Umair" (pdf). Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  9. ^ Scott C. Lucas (2004). Constructive Critics, Ḥadīth Literature, and the Articulation of Sunnī Islam: The Legacy of the Generation of Ibn Sad, Ibn Maīn, and Ibn Ḥanbal. BRILL, 2004. p. 269-.  
  10. ^ Ariel Merari (2010). Driven to Death: Psychological and Social Aspects of Suicide Terrorism. Oxford University Press, 2010. p. 96-.  
  11. ^ a b Safi ur Rahman Al Mubarakpuri (2002). Ar-Raheeq Al-Makhtūm. Darussalam, 2002. p. 187,338-.  
  12. ^ Muhammad Husayn Haykal, Islamic Book Trust (1994). The Life of Muḥammad. The Other Press, 1994. p. 186-.  
  13. ^ Lings, pp. 138–139
  14. ^ "Sahih al-Bukhari: Volume 5, Book 59, Number 287". Archived from the original on 16 August 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  15. ^ "Sahih al-Bukhari: Volume 4, Book 53, Number 359". Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  16. ^ "". 16 September 2002. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. Retrieved 19 March 2010. 
  17. ^ Martin Lings, p. 139–140.
  18. ^ "Sahih al-Bukhari: Volume 5, Book 59, Number 286". Archived from the original on 16 August 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  19. ^ a b Ali Unal (2007). The Qur'an with Annotated Interpretation in Modern English. Tughra Books, 2007. p. 160-.  
  20. ^ Quran 3:144
  21. ^ Muhammad ibn Ishaq, Sirat Rasul Allah. Translated by Guillaume, A. (1955). The Life of Muhammad, pp. 401-403. Oxford: oxford University Press.
  22. ^ Sahih al-Bukhari, 5:59:378
  23. ^ Translated: Dr Muhammad Muhsin Khan (1994). Summarized Sahih Al Bukhari (Large). Darussalam, 1994. p. 323-.  
  24. ^ Quran 33:23
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