THE BATTLE OF AWTAAS

THE BATTLE OF AWTAAS

Hijri date: 8

When the Prophet ﷺ had finished from the battle of Hunayn, he dispatched a platoon headed by Aboo ‘Aamir to Awtaas where he engaged in combat with Durayd ibn as-Simmah. The outcome of the battle was the killing of Durayd and the defeat of the enemy. Aboo Moosa al-Ash’aree reported: “The Prophet ﷺ sent me along with Aboo ‘Aamir al-Ash’aree, and Aboo ‘Aamir received a wound in his knee from the arrow, (shot by) a person of Banee Jusham. It stuck in his knee. I went to him and said: Uncle, who shot an arrow upon you? Abu ‘Amir pointed out to Abu Musa and said: Verily that one who shot an arrow upon me in fact killed me. Abu Musa said: I followed him with the determination to kill him and overtook him and when he saw me, he turned upon his heels. I followed him and I said to him: Don’t you feel ashamed (that you run), aren’t you an Arab? Why don’t you stop? He stopped and I had an encounter with him, and we exchanged the strokes of (swords). I struck him with the sword and killed him. Then I came back to Abu Amir and said: Verily Allah has killed the one who killed you. And he said: Now draw out this arrow. I drew out the arrow and there came out from that (wound) water. Aboo ‘Aamir said: My nephew, go to Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) and convey my greetings to him and tell him that Abu Amir begs you to ask forgiveness for him. And Abu Amir appointed me as the chief of the people, and he died after a short time. When I came to Allah’s Apostle (ﷺ) I visited him, and he had been lying on the cot woven by strings and there was (no) bed over it and so there had been marks of the strings on the back of Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) and on his sides. I narrated to him what had happened to us and narrated to him about Aboo ‘Aamir and said to him that he had made a request to the effect that forgiveness should be sought for him (from Allah). Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) called for water and performed ablution with it. He then lifted his hands and said: O Allah, grant pardon to Your servant Aboo ‘Aamir. (The Prophet had raised his hands so high for supplication) that I saw the whiteness of his armpits. He again said: O Allah, grant him distinction amongst the majority of Your created beings or from amongst the people. I said: Allah’s Messenger, ask forgiveness for me too. Thereupon Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said: Allah, forgive the sins of Abdullah ibn Qays (Aboo Moosa Al-Ash’aree) and admit him to an elevated place on the Day of Resurrection. Aboo Burda said: One prayer is for Aboo ‘Aamir and the other is for Aboo Moosa.”

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