Hamza ibn Abdul-Muttalib, The great warrior of Islam.

Hamza ibn Abdul-Muttalib (568-625) was a companion and uncle of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), a trained military man, a skilled warrior. He was a remarkable man who always had a keen sense of justice and was known as a protector of the weak and the oppressed. He has provided invaluable assistance to the Muslim community in the protection and spread of Islam and the fight against idolatry.

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) called Hamza ibn Abdul-Muttalib ‘Asadullah’ (The Lion of Allah) for his bravery and martial arts. In the Battle of Badr, Hamza ibn Abdul-Muttalib was one of the three-man of valor chosen by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to fight against the three idolatries.

Hamza ibn Abdul-Muttalib had never been defeated and could only have been killed by a deceptive stabbing in the back with a spear during the battle at Mount Uhud in 625. It was avenged by a slave of idolaters who was afraid to fight Hazrat Hamza in an open, honest battle. After this incident, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) gave Hamza ibn Abdul-Muttalib the name Sayid al-Shuhadah (King of All Martyrs). The bravery and courage of Hamza ibn Abdul-Muttalib is an example of selfless service and self-sacrifice to all Muslims.

Hamza ibn Abdul-Muttalib was the younger brother of the Prophet Muhammad's father (peace be upon him), however, as he was only two years senior, they were raised by the same nurse. Hamza grew up to be a gifted and capable man, mastered of hand-to-hand combat. He knew that fighting with sabers, he could shoot a bow completely and he was a lion hunter. He was known as “the mighty and fearless Quraysh.”

Starting his service in 610 after receiving a revelation from Allah in the cave of Hira, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) asked Hamza if he would accept Islam, but Hamza did not take this proposal seriously. Prayer, solitude, peace was not his thing. Allah brought him to the ranks of Islam in another way, using his sense of justice and dignity and intolerance to people who persecute the weak and defenseless.

Sometime early in 613, returning home from a hunt in the desert, Hamza learned that the idol worshiper Abu Jahl had attacked the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). He knew that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was persecuted and insulted, by Abu Jahl being and Prophet Muhammad silently endured insults. In a fit of rage, Hamza hurried to the Kaaba, where Abu Jahl was sitting with his guys, and hit him in the face with a mighty blow.

When Abu Jahl jumped to his feet in shock, Hamza said to him: “You only fight the weak. Try to beat me! I believe in One God as He did, now, try to mock me! "Abu Jahl staggered back in fear. When Hamza, leaving the Kaaba, asked where he could find the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). He was told: "In the house of Al-Arqam." Hamza immediately went here and there, reciting shahadah, and converted to Islam.

The next day, thinking of his newfound faith, he asked the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to show the angel Jibril in his true state. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) replied that Hamza would not tolerate that, but Hamza insisted. After that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) ordered him to remain silent and soon the angel Jibril came down to them. Hamza had time to see only the feet of the angel, which seemed to him to be made of emerald, as he soon fainted.

When the idol worshipers found out that Hamza had embraced Islam, they stopped openly attacking Muslims. Everyone in Mecca was feared by Hamza. he carried out his duties with respect and firmness to the end, as a courageous defender of the true faith.

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