- Sahaba's first blood
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In BH|8|614, the fourth year of Prophethood, the Muslims were on their way to the hills of Makkah to hold a clandestine meeting with
Muhammad, when a group of polytheists observed their suspicious movements and began to abuse and fight them. Sad'a beat a polytheist and shed his blood, reportedly the first instance of bloodshed in the history of Islam.
A sunni site states:cquote|In these early days of Islam, the Muslims were careful not to arouse the sensibilities of the Quraysh. They would often go out together in groups to the valley outside Makkah where they could pray together without being seen.
One day a number of idolaters came upon them while they were praying and rudely interrupted them with ridicule. The Muslims felt they could not suffer these indignities passively and they came to blows with the idolaters.
Sa'ad ibn Abi Waqqasstruck one of the disbelievers with the jawbone of a camel and wounded him. This was the first blood shed in the conflict between Islam and kufr - a conflict that was later to escalate and test the patience and courage of the Muslims.
After the incident, however, the Prophet enjoined his companions to be patient and forbearing for this was the command of Allah: "And bear with patience what they say and avoid them with noble dignity. And leave Me alone to deal with those who give the lie to the Truth, those who enjoy the blessings of life (without any thought of Allah) and bear with them for a little while. " [Soorah al-Muzzammil (71): 10] [ [http://www.ahya.org/amm/modules.php?name=Sections&op=viewarticle&artid=109 Sa'ad Ibn Abi Waqqas (radhi allahu anhu) ] ]
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