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He was taken captive on the Day of Qarqarat al Kudr with the camels of the Banu Ghatafan and Sulaim by the army of Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. People suggested to Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam to take him as a slave from his share of the booty. Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam accepted the suggestion as he observed that the young man performs salah correctly. Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam subsequently emancipated him. He is thus the freed slave of Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.[1]

Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam appointed him to shepherd the camels of sadaqah, at Harrah on the outskirts of Madinah.[2] Meanwhile, eight people from ‘Uranah and ‘Ukl came to Madinah and accepted Islam. They found the climate of the land uncongenial to their health and thus fell ill, so Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam ordered them to go to his camels outside Madinah and drink their milk and urine. They followed the shepherd, Sayyidina Yasar radiya Llahu ‘anhu, and drank the milk and urine of the camels until their bodies became healthy. As soon as their health improved, wickedness got the better of them. They apostatised and killed the shepherd, after gouging out his eyes, and drove away the camels; thus making them guilty of highway robbery, murder, and apostasy. The punishment of such criminals has been clearly determined in the Qur’an:


إِنَّمَا جَزَآءُ الَّذِيْنَ يُحَارِبُوْنَ اللّٰهَ وَرَسُوْلَهُ وَيَسْعَوْنَ فِي الْأَرْضِ فَسَادًا أَنْ يُقَتَّلُوْا أَوْ يُصَلَّبُوْا أَوْ تُقَطَّعَ أَيْدِيْهِمْ وَأَرْجُلُهُمْ مِّنْ خِلَافٍ أَوْ يُنْفَوْا مِنَ الْأَرْضِ ذٰلِكَ لَهُمْ خِزْيٌ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَلَهُمْ فِي الْأٰخِرَةِ عَذَابٌ عَظِيْمٌ

Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment.[3]


This is the most severe punishment revealed in the Qur’an. When the news of their treachery reached Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, he sent a group of riders in their pursuit. They were apprehended and the punishment was carried out as per the Qur’anic instruction.[4] Sayyidina Yasar radiya Llahu ‘anhu was the shepherd who was brutally martyred and mutilated by them.[5] He was taken to Quba’ where he was buried.[6]


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[1]Al Bidayah wa al Nihayah, vol. 6 pg. 47; al Isabah, vol. 6 pg. 534, 535, Biography: 9359.

[2]Usd al Ghabah, pg. 1239, Biography: 5630.

[3]  Surah al Ma’idah: 33.

[4]Sahih al Bukhari, vol. 7, Book 71, Hadith: 590; Sahih Muslim, Book 16, Hadith: 4131.

[5]Al Bidayah wa al Nihayah, vol. 6 pg. 47; Usd al Ghabah, pg. 1239, Biography: 5630.

[6]Usd al Ghabah, pg. 1239, Biography: 5630.

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