After a year, in 13 Nabawi on the occasion of Hajj, almost 72 persons from Madinah pledged allegiance [i.e. Bay’at] to the Holy Nabi
صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمon the same valley in Mina, hiding from the idol-worshippers of their community. They promised the Holy Nabi صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم, ‘We will sacrifice our life for the protection of yours and Islam.’ On this occasion, Sayyiduna ‘Abbas
رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ, who as an uncle of the Holy Nabi صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمand had not yet accepted Islam, was also present. Addressing the people of Madinah, he said, ‘Look! Muhammad ( صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم) is highly respected and revered in the Bani Haashim. We have always protected him bravely and boldly against his enemies. Now you people wish to take him to your city, but beware! If you can remain loyal to him till your death, that is fine; otherwise, you should be parted from him right now.’ Listening to it, Sayyiduna Bara Bin ‘Aazib رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ became emotional and said, ‘We have grown up with swords.’ Then Sayyiduna Abul Haysam رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ interrupted Sayyiduna Bara Bin ‘Aazib رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ and said, ‘Ya Rasoolallah صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم! We people have old relationship with the Jews. Obviously, this relationship will end after we have accepted Islam. We fear that you might leave us and return to your hometown after Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ has granted you domination.’ Listening to it, the Holy Nabi صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمreplied with a smile on his blessed face, ‘Rest assured [i.e. do not worry]. Your blood is my blood.
Believe that I will not leave you alone. I am yours and you are mine; your enemy is my enemy; and your friend is my friend.’1
While the Ansaar were pledging allegiance [i.e. Bay’at], Sayyiduna Sa’d Bin Zurarah or Sayyiduna ‘Abbas Bin Nadlah [نَضْلَە] said, ‘O my brothers! Do you know what are you going to do by pledging allegiance [Bay’at]? Keep it in mind that this is the declaration of war against the Arab as well as the non-Arab world.’ The Ansaar replied with absolute determination and enthusiasm, ‘Yes, we are pledging allegiance to the same thing.’ After they pledged allegiance, 12 men from them were declared chiefs by the Greatest Nabi صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم. Nine of them belonged to the tribe Khazraj, whereas the remaining three were from the tribe Aws. The blessed names of them were as follows:
Khazraj tribe: (1) Abu Umaama As’ad Ibn Zuraarah (2) Sa’d Ibn Rabi’ (3) ‘Abdullah Ibn Rawaaha (4) Raafi’ Ibn Malik (5) Bar’aa Ibn Ma’roor (6) ‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Amr (7) Sa’d Ibn Ubaadah (8) Munzir Ibn ‘Umar (9) Ubaadah Ibn Saabit Aws tribe: (10) Usayd Ibn Hudayr (11) Sa’d Ibn Khaysamah (12) Abul Haysam Ibn Tayhaan (رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُم اَجْمَعِیْن)
Thereafter, all of them went to their respective camps. The next morning, the Quraysh became aware of it and got furious [i.e. very angry]. They asked the people of Madinah angrily, ‘Have you pledged allegiance [Bay’at] to Muhammad ( صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم), declaring war against us?’ Some of the fellows of the Ansaar who had not become Muslim denied any knowledge of it. Listening to it, the Quraysh returned but they lost temper when they investigated and enquired about it and discovered that some of the Ansaar had really pledged allegiance [Bay’at]. Hence they chased those who had pledged allegiance in order to arrest them but they could not catch anyone except Sayyiduna Sa’d Bin ‘Ubadah رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ. Bringing him to Makkah, the Quraysh kept him in captivity [i.e. imprisonment]. When Jubayr Bin Mut’im and Haaris Bin Harb Bin Umayyah became aware of it, they said, ‘For God’s sake! Release Sa’d Bin ‘Ubadah immediately; otherwise, you will lose trade with Syria.’ Listening to it, the Quraysh released Sayyiduna Sa’d Bin ‘Ubadah رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ who then reached Madinah safe and sound.