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Ripped Apart

Zayd ibn Haritha, who was Muhammad's ex-slave, was the third person to be converted to Muhammad's religion. Although he was Muhammad's companion for a long time, Zayd was revengeful, cruel, and without compassion. What a contrast between the companions of Muhammad and the 12 disciples of Jesus Christ.  The followers of Jesus saw an example of one who walk in submissive love and healing power among men.  

Umm Qirfa Fatima, daughter of Rabi'a, was a very old women when Zayd led an attack against her village. This old lady was capture and ordered to be killed. As cruel as it is to kill an old helpless woman, Muhammad's disciple had lost all feelings of human decency and ordered Qays b. Al-Musahhar to kill her. 

Like cruel animals sporting with prey, Muhammad's warriors decided to rip Umm's body in two. They were getting excited, soon they would hear her cries for mercy, screams, and the sounds of her bones breaking inside her stretched out body. They grabbed her legs and tied each leg to a separate rope. They did not want to kill her first and then desecrate her body. They needed the screams, the breaking bones, the tearing flesh, and the hot pulsating blood flowing from her body to have a climax of sadistic pleasure. After the ropes were tied firmly and securely to two strong camels, they whipped the camels, driving them to pull with their greatest force. At first there were just the cries for mercy, and then the screams of unbearable pain. After that, the bones started to break and joints between bones pulled apart. Finally, the flesh and blood vessels tore apart and her frail body ripped in two. Their diabolic sport had no sense of modesty when they exposed her body to their prying eyes. Finally, the sadistic pleasure was over, and they had to untied the ropes from the camels that were pulling the two pieces of her mangled and bloody corpse.

Qays b. Al-Musahhar had supervised the killing of Umm. Afterwards, he could not contain his bragging and boasting. So, Qays wrote a poem in honor of himself for killing Mas'ada. He believed there was no greater joy than killing for Muhammad and his religion.

The ancient Muslim sources leave us the following record, 


Zayd also raided Wadi'l-Qura, where he met B. Fazara and some of this companions were killed; he himself was carried wounded from the field. Ward b. 'Amr b. Madash, one of the b. Sa'd b. Hudhayl, was killed by one of B. Badr (whose name was Sa'd b. Hudhaym—T. And I.H.) When Zayd came he swore that he would use no ablution until he raided b. Fazara; and when he recovered from his wounds the apostle sent him against them with a force. He fought (T. He met) them in Wadi'l-Qura and killed some of them. Qays b. Al-Musahhar al-Ya'muri killed Mas'ada b. Hakama b. Malik b. Hudhayfa b. Badr, and Umm Qirfa Fatima d. Rabi'a b. Badr was taken prisoner. She was a very old women, wife of Malik. Her daughter and 'Abdullah b. Mas'ada were also taken. Zayd ordered Qays b. Al-Musahhar to kill Umm Qirfa and he killed her cruelly (T. By putting a rope to her two legs and to two camels and driving them until they rent her in two). Then they brought Umm Qirfa's daughter and Mas'ada's son to the Apostle. The daughter of Umm Qirfa belonged to Salama b. 'Amr b. Al-Akwa' who had taken her. She held a position of honour among her people, and the Arabs used to say, 'Had you been more powerful than Umm Qirfa you can have done no more.' Salama asked the apostle to let him have her and he gave her to him and he presented her to his uncle Hazn b. Abu Wahb and she bare him 'Abdu'l-Rahma b. Hazn.

Qays b. Al-Musahhar said about the killing of Mas'ada:

I tried as his mother's son would to get revenge for Ward.
As long as I live I will avenge Ward.
When I saw him I attacked him on my steed,
That doughty warrior of the family of Badr.
I impaled him on my lance of Qa'dabi make
Which seemed to flash like a fire in an open space.1

It is our desire that our readers will consider their sins before the Day of the Last Judgment.  The answer to your deep spiritual need is found in Jesus Christ who died for others.

1 Ibn Ishaq, The Life of Muhammad: A Translation of Ishaq's Sirat Rasul Allah, Translated by A. Guillaume, Oxford University Press, Oxford, England, (Re-issued in Karachi, Pakistan, 1967, 13th impression, 1998) 1955, p.665.

Last edited 03/11/2001
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