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Allama Sayyid Murtaza Askari - The Role of Aisha in the History - Volume III

Allama Sayyid Murtaza Askari - The Role of Aisha in the History - Volume III


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They plundered the pilgrims on the way to Mecca.

ad-Dahhak ibn Qays was of the Quraysh and one of Mu'awiyah's commanders. He was born seven
years before the decease of the Prophet. He fought hard in the wars of Mu'awiyah and suffered
many difficulties. He was for a long time chief of the police in Damascus. Later in the year 53
of the Hijrah he became governor of Kufah for four years, and was then given, for the second
time, the position of chief of the police of Damascus. In the time of Mu'awiyah's death he was
in charge of his burial affairs, and informed Yazid who had gone hunting, of his father's death.
But after the death of Mu'awiyah ibn Yazid, the third Umayyad caliph, he showed allegiance to
'Abd Allah ibn az-Zubayr and fought with Marwan ibn-Hakam, the Umayyad caliph, at Maraj
Rahit, and it was in the same region and battle that he was killed in the month of Dhu al-Hijjah
of the year 64 of the; Hijrah.(159)
at-Tabari writes: Mu'awiyah sent ad-Dahhak towards Iraq with three thousand men, ordering
him to pass through the lower region of Waqisah and plunder all the Arabs who inhabited this
region and were followers of the Imam. ad-Dahhak obeyed the order and went to the region of
ath-Tha'labjyah and plundered the tribes that lived there. Then he proceeded towards Kufah
and raided the region of al-Qutqutanah, and came across 'Amr ibn 'Umays ibn Mas'ud who was
on a pilgrimage trip and without paying attention to any sanctity he pillaged him and the
caravan which was visiting the House of God, and prevented them from continuing their sacred
In ath-Thaqafi's book of "Plunders" (al-Gharat), the story of ad-Dahhak is narrated as
follows: ad-Dahhak proceeded to Iraq, plundering every place and killing of people, until
he reached the region of ath-Tha'labiyah where he plundered the pilgrims who were
going to Mecca, and then went on till he came across 'Amr ibn 'Umays, nephew of 'Abd Allah ibn
Mas'ud, a well known companion of the Prophet, who was with the caravan going to Mecca, and
killed him and a group of his fellow pilgrims(161)

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