Eid Al-Mobahila - a momentous occasion of victory of Islam
By: Baqir Zaidi
The Holy Prophet (S) had sent letters to the heads of
different countries inviting them to Islam. One such letter was
addressed to the Christians of Najran.
When they received the letter they decided to meet the Holy Prophet
(S) in person. The group arrived in Madina and entered the mosque
wearing silk clothes, golden rings and crosses around their necks. On
seeing them dressed in this fashion, the Holy Prophet (S) was
disturbed and he ignored them. They realised that something was wrong
but were unsure as to what to do.
On the advice of Imam Ali (A) they changed their style of dress to
simple clothes and removed their ornaments. They then returned to the
Holy Prophet (S) who received them with a warm welcome.
Before they entered into a discussion, they requested for permission
to say their prayers and this was granted.
Then the discussion began, the people of Najran would not listen to
the Holy Prophet (S) and said that they believed in Prophet Isa (A) as
the son of God because he had no father.
At this time, angel Jibraeel (A) brought the following verse of the
Holy Qur'an from Allah (Sura Aale Imran, verse 59):
"Surely the example of Isa to Allah is like that of Adam; He created
him from dust, and then said to him, "Be!" and he was." (3 : 59)
This meant that if Prophet Isa (A) could be called the son of God
because of the fact he was born without a father, then Prophet Aadam
(A) deserved this title more, because he was born without a father or
The Christians could not reply to this argument but they continued to
argue out of obstinacy. Then the following verse of the Holy Qur'an
was revealed (Sura Aale Imran, verse 61):
"And whoever argues with you in this matter after what has come to you
of knowledge, then say, "Come, let us call our sons and your sons and
our women and your women and ourselves and yourselves, then let us
humbly pray (to our Lord) and invoke the curse of Allah upon the
The Holy Prophet (S) produced this verse before the Christians and
declared the challenge of "Mubahila", which means to curse one
another. The Christians accepted the challenge.
The next day on the 24th of Zilhaj 9 A.H., the Holy Prophet (S) came
out for Mubahila. He held Imam Husain (A) in his arms and he held Imam
Hasan (A) by his hand. Hazrat Fatima (A) came behind him, while behind
her came Imam Ali (A). The Holy Prophet (S) said to them, "when I pray
you should say Ameen."
In obedience to the verse of Mubahila sent by Allah, the Holy Prophet
(S) had brought Imam Hasan (A) and Imam Husain (A) as his "sons",
Hazrat Fatima (A) as his "women" and Imam Ali (A) as his "self".
The Christians, on seeing the beautiful and shining faces in front of
them began to tremble and shake.
They backed away from Mubahila, and admitted defeat.
better than wealth because it protects you while you have to
guard wealth. it decreases if you keep on spending it but the
more you make use of knowledge ,the more it increases . what you
get through wealth disappears as soon as wealth disappears but
what you achieve through knowledge will remain even after you."MORE