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When K’ab came to Medinah he called upon the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) just after the latter had finished the morning prayers and placed his hands in his. The Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam), however, did not know who he was. K’ab then said to the Prophet, “O Messenger of Allah, K’ab b. Zuhary has come as a repentant Muslim and asks for security from you. Will you accept his repentance?” One of the Ansaar leapt upon him saying, “O Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) of God, let me deal with this enemy of God. I will now cut off his head.” But the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) asked him to leave K’ab alone since he had come repentant of his past deeds. It was then that K’ab recited the well-known ode beginning with the verses.

Su’ad is gone, and today my heart is love-lorn; Enthralled, put in chain, no bloodwit coming to unrein.

Then, in another verse he praised the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) thus:

Indeed the Messenger is a light whence illumination is sought; A drawn, sharp-edged sword, the sword of Allah.

The Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) gave away his robe to K’ab when he recited these verses.(67)


[62] Zad al-Ma'ad, Vol. I, p. 457 (On the authority of Ibn Is'haq)
[63] Zad al-Ma'ad, Vol. I, p. 457 (On the authority of Ibn Is'haq)
[64] Zad al-Ma'ad, Vol. I, p. 448. Also seeBukhari and Muslim Ta'if.
[65] The incident has been narrated in Sahihain, but Zad al-Ma'ad gives more details.
[66] Bukhari (Dhi Q'da is the 11th month of Islamic Calendar.
[67] Zad al-a’ad, Vol. I, pp. 466-68. Qastalani realtes in the Mawahib, on the authority of Abu Bakr b. al-‘Anbari that when K’ab recited this verse, the Apostle gave his robe to him. Caliph Mu’awiyah offered 10, 000 dinars for the Apostle’s robe, but K’ab refused and said that he could not part with it for anything. Mu’awiyah obtained the robe, after the death of K’ab, for 20,000 dinars, from the heirs of K’ab. Qastalani further says that the roberemain with Caliphs for long time, (Al-Zurqani, Commentary on Al-Mawahib, Vol. III, p. 70).

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