Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Generous Messenger

"In the Muslims heart is the name of Muhammad,
All our glory is from the name of Muhammad, ...

The daughter of Tai was taken prisoner in battle,
And brought into the exalted presence;
Her feet in chains, her face unveiled,
And her neck bowed with shame.
When the Prophet saw that poor girl had no veil,
He covered her face with his own mantle.

He opened the gates of mercy to his enemies, 
He gave to Mecca the message, "There's no blame on you today" ... "

This has been extracted from a long poem that Allama Iqbal wrote in praise of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).  The event referenced in the poem regarding the daughter of Tai is an historical event that took place when the Muslim army faced Hatim Tai's son (and his tribe) in battle. 

Hatim Tai was a legendary figure in Arabia, who was known for his generosity, charity and selfless character. His son, Adi, was the head of the tribe during the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him).  It is said that Adi escaped to Syria before the battle leaving his sister and tribe at the mercy of the Muslim army. When the prisoners of war were brought before the Prophet (peace be upon him), Adi's sister Sufana was among them. Seeing her condition the Prophet (peace be upon him) covered her with his own mantle and set her free due to her fathers great character. 

In response Sufana showed her greatness of heart and informed the Prophet (peace be upon him) that being the daughter of Tai, a man who ransomed prisoners, fed the poor and helped those in distress, she could not accept her freedom unless her clansmen were also freed. 

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), the generous and gentle Messenger of the Most Generous, showed his generosity be setting everyone free that day. News of this event led to the return of Adi (Sufana's brother) and eventually they and their tribe accepted Islam.


  1. subhan Allah, beautiful post.
    He was-is- at the station of giving.
    Alas we Muslims are just takers. May God give us strength to follow in the footsteps of the Beloved, peace be upon him.

  2. اسلام عليكم

    Brother, could you please tell me form which peom of Allama, this has been extracted which Allama Iqbal wrote in praise of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)?