Land of Light (127)
Welcome to our weekly episode of Land of Light in which we attempt to spotlight the luminous personality of the Almighty’s Last and Greatest Messenger, Prophet Mohammad (Blessings of God upon him and his progeny).
As a reminder, last week we said that because of the provocations of the Israelites of Khaybar who were funding pagan Arab tribes to raid the pastures of Muslims and had secretly assembled a large army for a surprise attack on Medina to kill the Prophet and wipe out Islam, God Almighty in the year 7 AH ordered His Prophet to mobilize forces for uprooting this cancerous tumour in Hijaz. As per divine commandment, the Prophet quietly moved towards the well-fortified Jewish castles of Khaybar, some 153 km north of Medina, with 1,500 foot soldiers and 200 horsemen, in order to end Israelite mischief against Islam. On seeing the Muslim forces in their region, the Jews of Khaybar barricaded themselves inside their castles and prepared for defence, coupled with well-planned military assaults. They were confident of victory over the neo Muslim Arabs, but failed to take into consideration the valour of the Prophet’s cousin, son-in-law and divinely-designated vicegerent, Imam Ali ibn Abi Taleb (PuH). Let us now listen to the rest of the account of how seven of the eight Jewish castles fell one by one to the Muslim until the impregnable fortress of Qamous held out despite repeated attacks by Muslims, who were repelled and made to retreat by Jewish warlord Marhab. Stay tuned.