The Sword of Islam: Khalid bin Al-Waleed
Muslims brag about the early Sahaba. One of the great warriors of Islam is Khalid bin Al-Waleed. His reverence is in such a way that he is called “the sword of Islam” (Saif al-Islam). Well, truth can be stranger than fiction. Khalid was a selfish and despicable human being. He stayed with the Meccans when they were strong, against Muhammad. But, he observed the changing power, and that many more renegades are joining Muhammad in greed for booty. So, in the year 627 Hijri he joined the Muslim camp in order not to miss out on much. Prophet Muhammad was very happy to receive him, as he is his own kin, and has a vicious heart in battle, something any winning gang desperately needs. Khalid did join Islam in greed for booty. However, his greed is what makes him a despicable thug in history. He was a man with no heart or feelings for others. Greed was his first name.
The story of Malik Bin Nuwaira
Malik belonged to the Jadhima clan. They became Muslims during Muhammad’s time. They used to send their “alms” (protection money?) to Muhammad. Malik was the man to take care of that. When Muhammad died, except for very few instances, Arab tribes said enough is enough. The tyrant is dead. We won’t send any more money to the Meccan leaders. Abu Bakr was in charge after Muhammad. He sent Khalid bin Al Waleed on campaigns to “re-Islamize” the tribes.
One evening he reaches Malik bin Nuwaira clan, and put the men in custody over night, including Malik bin Nuwaira. Now, Malik told Khalid and the others that they were Muslims too. Khalid loved to obtain loots and booty. The story goes that some of the Arab warriors convinced Khalid to kill Malik and the rest of his men in greed for booty. Come morning, Khalid orders beheading of all the prisoners, and collected his booty. Malik’s wife, a very fine looking lady, did not escape Khalid’s eyes. He “married” her (raped?) the same day he beheaded her husband. How kind of him to do that!
This is the man Muslims nowadays, over a billion strong, call “the sword of Islam”.
And who said Muslims should not be proud of their historic champions?
1.Abdulrazaq – Mu’amar – al Zuhari –from- Aba Qutadah said: During Reda (days), we marched to Ahl Abyaat and reached there at sunset, then we raised our spears, hence they asked: ‘Who are you?’ We replied: ‘We are slaves of Allah.’ They said: ‘We are slaves of Allah too.’ Then Khalid arrested them and when it was morning he ordered their beheading. Then I said: ‘Oh Khalid! Fear Allah, this is not allowed for you.’ He (Khalid) replied: ‘Stay (back); this is not your business.’ Then Abu Qutadah swore by Allah never to march with Khalid for any war. Qutadah said:’The desert Arabs encouraged him (Khalid) on killing them for the sake of booties and that was Malik bin Nuwayrah’s case.’
Al-Musanaf, Volume 10 page 174 Tradition 18721
أخبرنا عبد الرزاق عن معمر عن الزهري أن أبا قتادة قال خرجنا في الردة حتى إذا أنتهينا إلى أهل أبيات حتى طلعت الشمس للغروب فأرشفنا إليهم الرماح فقالوا من أنتم قلنا نحن عباد الله فقالوا ونحن عباد الله فأسرهم خالد بن الوليد حتى إذا أصبح أمر أن يضرب أعناقهم قال أبو قتادة فقلت اتق الله يا خالد فإن هذا لا يحل لك قال اجلس فإن هذا ليس منك في شيء قال فكان أبو قتادة يحلف لا يغزو مع خالد أبدا قال وكان الأعراب هم الذين شجعوه على قتلهم من أجل الغنائم وكان ذلك في مالك بن نويرة
2. Umar said: “I admonished Khalid for breaking the orders and for what he did with the money. Khalid would distribute the booty amongst the soldiers without informing Abu Bakr. He made decisions that contravened those of Abu Bakr, he killed Malik bin Nuwayra and married his wife. These were met with disapproval by Abu Bakr. So Abu Bakr paid the Diya to Mutammim ibn Nuwayra and ordered Khalid to divorce Layla, the widow of Malik…
وكان سبب عزل عمر خالداً ما ذكره الزبير بن بكار قال: كان خالد إذا صار إليه المال قسمه في أهل الغنائم ولم يرفع إلى أبي بكر حساباً، وكان فيه تقدم على أبي بكر يفعل أشياء لا يراها أبو بكر، أقدم على قتل مالك بن نويرة ونكح امرأته فكره ذلك أبو بكر وعرض الدية على متمم بن نويرة وأمر خالداً بطلاق امرأة مالك، ولم ير أن يعزله، وكان عمر ينكر هذا وشبهه على خالد،
3. ibn Athir wrote in his book Gharib al-Hadith:
She was pretty and Khalid married her after killing him [Malik]”
وكانت جميلة وتزوجها خالد بعد قتله
4. Hussain bin Muhammad al-Diyarbakri wrote in his book Tarikh Khamees:
Khalid ordered them to be killed and killed Malik bin Nuwayrah, marrying his wife on the same night and she was pretty. They said, she might have been divorced (by Malik) and her Idda was over but she was imprisoned by him (Malik). Umar was very angry because of that and said to Abu Bakr: ‘Stone Khalid because he made it lawful for himself.’ Abu Bakr said: ‘By Allah I will not do so if Khalid made an error because he did Ta’weel’
فأمر بهم خالد فقتلوا وقتل مالك بن نويرة وتزوج بأمرأته أم تميم من ليلته وكانت جميلة ، قيل لعلها كانت مطلقة قد انقضت عدتها الا انها كانت محبوسة عنده فاشتد في ذلك عمر وقال لأبي بكر ارجم خالدا فانه قد استحل ذلك ، فقال ابوبكر والله لا أفعل ان كان خالد تأول أمرا فأخطأه
As you read about Khalid, His grave site has been destroyed in the last couple of months, in the city of Halab (Aleppo) in Syria, as a result of the current Syrian civil war. Probably a long due payback to an evil man.