|When the Prophet, peace be on him, returned to Madinah from the Farewell Pilgrimage in the tenth year later the Hijrah, he plunged unwell, News of his illness spread promptly as prolonged as the Arabian peninsula. Sincere Muslims everywhere were greatly saddened by the news but for others it was a time to uncover hidden hopes and ambitions and divulge their real views to Islam and the noble Prophet.|
In al-Yamamah, Musaylamah the Imposter renounced Islam. So too did Tulayhah al-Asadi in the land of the Asad. And in the Yemen, al-Aswad al-Ansi also became an apostate. More than that, these three imposters contended that they were prophets sent to their respective peoples just as Muhammad the son of Abdullah was sent to the Quraysh.
Al-Aswad al-Ansi was a soothsayer any person who prepared magic arts. But he was no peripheral magician or fortuneteller any person who dabbled in his evil arts in obscurity. He was forceful and influential and possessed a unusual vitality of speech that mesmerized the hearts of his listeners and appealed the heads of the masses with his fake claims. With his affluence and vitality he treated to attract not just the masses but population of relative standing as well. When he arose in the past population he usually wore a mask in lead to encircle himself with an sky of surprise, awe and reverence.
In the Yemen at that time, a phase of the population any person who had much prestige and consequence were the "Abna". They were the scions of Persian fathers any person who administered Yemen as component of the Sasanian Empire. Their mothers were provincial Arabs. Fayruz al-Daylami was one of t hese Yemeni Abna.
At the time of the attainment of Islam, the bulk forceful of the Abna was Badhan any person who administered Yemen on behalf of the Chosroes of Persia. When Badban became argued of the certainty of the Prophet Muhammad and the Divine nature of his mission he renounced his a llegiance to the Chosroes and recognised Islam. His population pursued him in tiffs. The Prophet confirmed him in his dominion and he administered the Yemen until his death before long in the past the attainment of al-Aswad al-Ansi.
Al-Aswad's tribe, the Banu Mudh-hij, were the first to respond positively to his contentions to prophethood. With this tribal compel he mounted a raid on San'a. He slaughtered the governor, Shahr the son of Badhan and took his wife to himself. From San'a he raided o ther regions. Through his swift and startling bangs, a vast region from Hadramawt to at-Taif and from al-Ahsa to Aden came below his influence.
What alleviated al-Aswad in deceiving the population and drawing them to him was his guile and cunning which knew no bounds. To his buff he alleged that an angel visited him, uncovered discoveries to him and gave him intelligence of population and their is noteworthy . What sanctioned him to arise to endure out these contentions were the spies he enlisted and despatched everywhere, to bring him news of population and their circumstances, their enigmas and their difficulties, their hopes and their fears.
Reports were brought behind in secrecy to him and after he greeted anyone, particularly those in deficiency, he could give the impression that he had prior familiarity of their requires and problems. In this way he astounded population and confounded their thoughts. He paid for a many pursuing and his mission spread like wildfire.
When news of al-Aswad's apostasy and his achievements as prolonged as the Yemen came the Prophet, peace be on him, he despatched come seal ten of Iris companions with letters to those of his companions in the Yemen whom he discerned he could trust. He urged them to co nfront the blind fitnah with faith and deduce, and he lucid them to dispose al-Aswad by any method possible.
All any person who received the Prophet's missives advance to carry out his orders implicitly. In the forefront of these was Fayruz ad-Daylami and those of the Abna any person who were with him. Let us withdraw Fayruz to relate his extraordinary story:
"I and those of the Abna any person who were with me never for one moment had any distrust come seal the religion of God. No trust in the enemy of God entered the heart of any one of us. (In fact) we waited for opportunities to receive retain of al-Aswad and remove him by an y means.
When we received the letters of the Messenger of God, may God bless him and funding him peace, we discerned bolstered in our mutual deduce and each one motivated to do what he could Because of his extensive success, pride and vanity took retain of al-Aswad al-Ansi. He vaunted to the commander of his army, Qays ibn Abd Yaghuth, expression how forceful he was. His view and relationship towards his commander modified so much so that Qays discerned that he was not safe from Iris violence and oppression.
My cousin, Dadhawayh, and I went to Qays and informed him of what the Prophet, peace and blessings be on him, had conveyed us and we invited him to "make lunch" out of the man (al-Aswad) in the past he could "make supper" out of him. He was receptive to our propo sal and supposed us as a Godsend. He uncovered to us numerous of the enigmas of al-Aswad.
The three of us vowed to confront the apostate from within (his castle) where our other brothers would confront him from without. We were all of the outlook that our cousin Dadha, whom al-Aswad had extracted to himself later the slaughter of her husband, ought jo in us. We went to al-Aswad's mansion and greeted her. I said to her:
'O cousin, you know what harm and evil this man has visited upon you and us. He has slaughtered your husband and dishonored the women of your people. He has massacred their husbands and wrested political command from their hands.
'This is a letter from the Messenger of God, may God bless him and funding him peace, to us in individual and to the population of Yemen in complete in which he asks us to left an end to this fitnah. Would you assist us in this matter?' 'On what can I assist you? sh e asked. 'On his expulsion...' I said. 'Rather on his assassination,' she suggested. 'By God, I had none then in mind,' I said, 'but I was afraid to recommend this to you.' 'By Him Who has sent Muhammad with the Truth as a bringer or' good tidings and as a warner, I have not doubted in my religion for a moment. God has not written a man more detestable to me than the devil (al-Aswad). By God, from the time I saw him, I have simply known him to be a corrupt and sinful person any person who does not promote any certainty and does not finish from committing any abominable deed.' "How can we go come seal getting rid of him?' I asked.
'He is well-guarded and protected. There is not a location in his mansion which is not encircled by guards. There is one contravened down and left room though which opens out into free-spoken land. In the after dark during the first third of the night time, go there. You will pinpoint interior weapons and a light. You will pinpoint me waiting for you...' she said.
'But bringing through to a room in a mansion such as this is no easy task. Someone might surpass and warning the guards and that will be the end of us' I said. 'You are not far from the truth. But I have a suggestion.' 'What is it?' I asked.
'Send a man tomorrow whom you trust as one of the workers. I shall tell him to generate an possibility in the room from the interior so that it ought be easy to enter.' 'That's a radiant signal you have,' I said. I afterward withdrew her and conveyed the couple others what we had decided and they gave their blessings to the plan. We withdrew straightaway to receive ourselves prepared. We informed a decide assembly of believers any person who were joining us to prepare themselves and gave them the pa ssword (to indication the time they could fume the castle). The time was to be dawn of the pursuing day.
When night time plunged and the appointed time came, I went with my couple companions to the possibility in the room and bombarded it. We entered the room and left on the lamp. We found the weapons and carried on to the apartment of God's enemy. There was our cousin stan ding at his door. She spiky out where he was and we entered. He was asleep and snoring. I plunged the cutting implement in his neck and he bellowed like a bull being slaughtered. When the guards perceived this, they outpoured speedily to his apartment and asked: 'What is this ?'
'Don't worry. You can go. The prophet of God is receiving revelation,' she said, and they left. We waited in the mansion until the contravene of dawn. Then I stood on a wall of the mansion and shouted: 'Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!' and went on with the adhan until I reached': 'Ashhadu anna Muhammadur Rasulullah ! (Then I added) 'Wa ashhadu anna al Aswad al-Ansi kadh-dhab ! I testify that al-Aswad is an imposter.'
That was the password, Muslims afterward converged on the mansion from every direction. The guards took fear after they perceived the adhan and were confronted by the Muslims yelling Allahu Akbar.
By sunrise, the mission was accomplished. When it was full candle, we sent a letter to the Messenger of God compensating him the good news of the death of God's enemy.
When the messengers came Madinah they found that the Prophet, may the blessings of God be on him, had surpassed away that very night. They scholarly however that Revelation had been approached to the Prophet informing him of the death of al-Aswad al-Ansi the night time it took place."
Years resultant, the Khalifah Umar ibn al-Khattab wrote to Fayruz ad-Daylami, may God be happy with them both, saying:
"I have perceived that you are busy eating white bread and honey (meaning no distrust that he was directing an easy life). When this my letter comes you, arrive at me with the blessings of God so that you may campaign in the road of God."
Fayruz did as he was commanded. He went to Madinah and explored an audience with Umar. Umar bestowed him permission. Evidently there was a crowd waiting to suppose Umar and a Quraysh youth compressed Fayruz. Fayruz stood higher his hand and beat the Quraysh youth on the no se.
The youth went to Umar any person who asked: "Who did that to you?"
"Fayruz. He is at the door," said the youth. Fayruz entered and Umar asked: "What is this, O Fayruz?" "O Amir al-Muminin," said Fayruz. "You wrote to me. You didn't write to him. You gave me approval to enter and you didn't give him permission. He trusted to enter in my turn in the past me. Then I did what you have been told."
"Al-Qisas," pronounced Umar in punishment, meaning that Fayruz had to receive the same blow from the youth in retaliation. "Must it be so?" petitioned Fayruz. "It must be so," insisted Umar.
Fayruz afterward received down on his knees and the youth stood higher to precise his retaliation. Umar said to him then: "Wait a moment, male progeny, so that I can tell you something which I perceived from the Messenger of God, may God bless him and funding him peace. I perceived the Messenger of God say one evening: 'This night time, al-Aswad al-Ansi the Imposter has been killed. The righteous servant Fayruz ad-Daylami has slaughtered him' Umar afterward petitioned the youth:
"Do you suppose yourself taking retribution on him later you have perceived this from the Messenger of God?" "I forgive him," said the youth, "after you have conveyed me this from the Prophet." "Do you think," said Fayruz to Umar, "that my departure from what I have don e is a confession to him and that his forgiveness is not given below duress?" "Yes," replied Umar and Fayruz afterward declared: "I testily to you that my sword, my horse and thirty thousand of my currency is a gift to him."
"Your forgiveness has compensated off, O brother Quraysh and you have become rich," said Umar no distrust impressed by the sense of remorse and the spontaneous willingness of Fayruz, the righteous.