Expedition of Zaid ibn Haritha (Hisma)

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Expedition of Zaid ibn Haritha (Hisma)
Date October 628AD in 6th month, 7AH
Location Hisma

As follows:

  • Successful raid, 1000 camels, 5000 cattle and a 100 tribe members captured
  • Al-Hunayd ibn Arid(enemy commander) and his son killed[1]
Commanders and leaders
Zayd ibn Haritha Al-Hunayd ibn Arid
500[1] Unknown
Casualties and losses
Unknown Many killed, including chief 100 captured[1][1]

Expedition of Zaid ibn Haritha in Hisma took place in October, 628AD, 6th month of 7AH of the Islamic calendar.[2][3] The attack was a response to Dihyah bin Khalifa Kalbi's call for help, after being attacked by robbers. Muslims retaliated and killed many of the robbers and captured 100 tribe members[1]


Envoys sent to invite people to Islam

Purported letter sent by Muhammad to Heraclius, emperor of Byzantium; reproduction taken from Majid Ali Khan, Muhammad The Final MessengerIslamic Book Service, New Delhi (1998).
Letter of the Prophet Muhammed to Munzir ibn Sawa Al Tamimi (reproduction of a manuscript copy of the letter taken from Sultan Ahmed Qureshi, Letters of the Holy Prophet, Karachi (1983).

After the signing the Hudaibiya treaty with the Quraysh in Mecca, Muhammad sent several envoys in a few neighboring countries, inviting them to Islam.[1] The following were sent:

One envoy attacked by bandits

He sent Dhiyah bin Khalifah al-Kalbi to the king of Basra, who would in turn send it to Caesar (Heraclius).

In his epistle to Heraclius, the Byzantine emperor, Muhammad wrote:

"In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

From Muhammad, the slave of Allâh and His Messenger to Hercules, king of the Byzantines.

Blessed are those who follow true guidance. I invite you to embrace Islam so that you may live in security. If you come within the fold of Islam, Allâh will give you double reward, but in case you turn your back upon it, then the burden of the sins of all your people shall fall on your shoulders.

To proceed: submit yourself, and you shall be safe. Submit yourself, and God shall give you your reward twice over. But, if you turn away, the sin of the Husbandmen shall be upon you.”

When, after finishing his trip, Dhiya was returning to Medina ; a group of bandit belonging to Banu Judham looted him of everything he had, when he reached Hisma, a place on the way to Syria and west of Tabuk. [1][10]

Muslim response

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 new chief of the Banu Judham who had embraced Islam appealed to Muhammad to release his fellow tribesmen, and Muhammad released them.[1][10]

Islamic primary sources

The event is mentioned by the Muslim jurist Tabari, as follows:

The event is mentioned in the Sunni Hadith collection Sahih Bukhari, about how Muhammad sent Dhiyah bin Khalifah al-Kalbi to deliver a letter to the Governor of Busra/Basra. But does not mention details about the attack:

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Mubarakpuri, Saifur Rahman Al (2005), The Sealed Nectar, Darussalam Publications, p. 226<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (online)
  2. Abū Khalīl, Shawqī (2003). Atlas of the Quran. Dar-us-Salam. p. 242. ISBN 978-9960-897-54-7.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Hawarey, Dr. Mosab (2010). The Journey of Prophecy; Days of Peace and War (Arabic). Islamic Book Trust.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>Note: Book contains a list of battles of Muhammad in Arabic, English translation available here
  4. Safiur-Rahman Mubarakpuri, The Sealed Nectar, p. 221
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Akbar Shāh Ḵẖān Najībābādī, History of Islam, Volume 1, p. 194. Quote: "Again, the Holy Prophet «P sent Dihyah bin Khalifa Kalbi to the Byzantine king Heraclius, Hatib bin Abi Baltaeh to the king of Egypt and Alexandria; Allabn Al-Hazermi to Munzer bin Sawa the king of Bahrain; Amer bin Aas to the king of Oman. Salit bin Amri to Hozah bin Ali— the king of Yamama; Shiya bin Wahab to Haris bin Ghasanni to the king of Damascus" Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "history" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "history" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "history" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "history" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "history" defined multiple times with different content
  6. Safiur-Rahman Mubarakpuri, The Sealed Nectar, p. 222
  7. Safiur-Rahman Mubarakpuri, The Sealed Nectar, p. 226
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Safiur-Rahman Mubarakpuri, The Sealed Nectar, p. 227
  9. Safiur-Rahman Mubarakpuri, The Sealed Nectar, p. 224
  10. 10.0 10.1 Watt, W. Montgomery (1956). Muhammad at Medina. Oxford University Press. p. 108. ISBN 978-0-19-577307-1. Dihyah b. Khalifah al-Kalbi, who had gone to Syria on an errand for Muhammad, was returning to Medina with gifts, when he was robbed by a man of Judham called al-Hunayd. Another clan of Judham, however, or some men from anothertribe, forced al-Hunayd to give the things back. Meanwhile a leader of Judham, Rifa'ah b. Zayd, had been in Medina, had brought back to the tribe Muhammad's terms for an alliance, and the tribe had accepted. Muhammad had not been informed of this decision, however, and sent out Zayd b. Harithah to avenge the insult to his messenger. There was a skirmish in which the Muslims killed al-Hunayd and captured a number of women and animals. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (free online)
  11. Tabari, Al (25 Sep 1990), The last years of the Prophet (translated by Isma'il Qurban Husayn), State University of New York Press, p. 100, ISBN 978-0-88706-691-7<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (online)
  12. The Middle East: Abstracts and index, Part 1, Library Information and Research Service (publisher), 2001, p. 415, ISBN 978-0-88706-691-7<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>