Laila Nasheeba

Lessons learned from the Companions – The Battle of the Camel

The loss on both the sides was considerable. Over ten thousand persons were killed in the battle. Among the dead on both the sides, there were many prominent companions of the Prophet who had fought in the wars under the Holy Prophet, and the rightly guided Caliphs, Abu Bakr, Umar, and Othman. Talha died because of the wounds received in the battle; Zubair escaped to Mecca. He had proceeded for some distance from Basra when he came across a detachment led by the Banu Qais chief Ahnaf b Qais. Here Zubair halted to offer prayers. When Zubair prostrated himself in prayers, one of the men of Ahnaf cut off his head with the blow of his sword. Ahnaf brought the head of Zubair to Ali hoping to be awarded for killing his enemy. At the sight of the gory head of his cousin, Ali burst into sobs and turning to Ahnaf said, “You have done a ghastly deed, and verily your lot is hell fire, Ahnaf was surprised at the remarks of Ali. Addressing Ali he said, “You are an evil judge of men. If some one delivers you from your enemies you pronounce the penalty of hell fire on him. ” Bitterly resenting what he felt to be a great injustice, Ahnaf drew his sword, and plunged it into his own breast.

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