The Satan of Quraish Who Became a Caller to Islam
The distended vanity and confidence of the Quraish was deflated by their unexpected defeat in Badr, after Allah The Almighty sent angels to fight by the side of the believers. The Quraish returned to Makkah defeated and humiliated, many of them taken prisoners by the Muslims. Among the prisoners was `Umair ibn Wahb's son.
After Badr, 'Umair sat discussing Badr with his cousin Safwaan ibn Umayyah, whose father Umayyah ibn Khalaf had been killed at Badr. Safwaan, referring to those killed at Badr, said, "By Allah, there isn't any good in life after them." 'Umair said, "That is true. By Allah, were it not for debts that I am unable to repay, and my children who I fear might become vagabonds after me, I would ride to Muhammad and kill him. I have a plausible reason to give him. I will say that I have come for the sake of my son, a prisoner of war."
'Umar ibn Al-Khattaab, may Allah be pleased with him, was sitting with some of the Muslims, talking about Badr when 'Umair arrived in Madeenah. On seeing 'Umair girded with his sword, 'Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, exclaimed, "That dog, the enemy of Allah, 'Umair ibn Wahb! By Allah, he has come for nothing but evil. It is he who provoked us on the day of Badr." Then 'Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, entered the Masjid and said to the Prophet, , "O Messenger of Allah, here is the enemy of Allah, `Umair ibn Wahb, come girded with his sword."
The Prophet, , told 'Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, to let 'Umair come in. 'Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, came out, took 'Umair by the scabbard of his sword round his neck, and said to some of the men, "Enter and sit with the Prophet and be cautious of that fellow; he is dishonest." Then `Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, entered again, still holding the scabbard of 'Umair's sword round his neck.
At this, 'Umair cried, "I witness that there is no god worthy of worship but Allah, and that you are His Prophet. That matter was not attended by anyone except Safwaan and me. By Allah, Allah told it to you. Praise be to Allah, who guided me to Islam." The Prophet, , said to his Companions, may Allah be pleased with them: "Teach your brother the religion and how to read the Quran, and set free the prisoner of war."