During the sixth year of the declaration of Nubuwwah, Sayyiduna Hamzah and Sayyiduna ‘Umar رَضِیَ اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰی عَنْهُمَا joined the fold of Islam, greatly enhancing the prestige and respect of Muslims. Among the uncles of the Holy Nabi صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم, Sayyiduna Hamzah had great affection for him ( صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم). He رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ was born two or three years before the blessed birth of the Holy Nabi صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم. As Sayyidatuna Suwaybah also breastfed him ( رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ), he رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ was also a Rada’ee [رَضاعِی] brother of the Holy Nabi صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم. Sayyiduna Hamzah رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ was very strong and bold and was very fond of hunting. In the early morning, he would go hunting with his bow and arrows and would return in the evening. Then, performing the Tawaf of the Ka’bah, he رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ would attend the gathering of the leaders of the Quraysh for a while. One day, he returned from the hunting ground as usual and was informed by the slave-girl of Ibn Jud’aan and by his own sister, Sayyidatuna Safiyyah رَضِیَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَنْهَا, that Abu Jahl had blasphemed [i.e. insulted] and disrespected his nephew Muhammad صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم. This made his blood boil. Immediately, he reached the Masjid-ul-Haraam with his bow and arrows and hit Abu Jahl over the head with his bow so hard that his head started bleeding. He رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ then roared, ‘You have sworn at my nephew! Don’t you know I am also a follower of his religion?’ Seeing it, some people from the tribe of Bani Makhzoom stood up for Abu Jahl but Abu Jahl suspected that a war might break out with the Bani Haashim. Hence he prevented them from fighting with Sayyiduna Hamzah رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ, saying, ‘O Bani Makhzoom! Leave Hamzah. I have really sworn at his nephew violently today.’1
After Sayyiduna Hamzah رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ became Muslim, he رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ started reciting the following couplets loudly:
حَمِدْتُّ اللّٰەَ حِیْنَ ھَدٰی فُؤَادِیْ اِلَی الْاِسْلَامِ وَالدِّیْنِ الْحَنِیْفٖ
Translation: I glorified Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ at the time when He عَزَّوَجَلَّ guided my heart towards Islam and the Deen-e-Haneef.
اِذَا تُلِیَتْ رَسَائِلُەٗ عَلَیْنَا! تَحَدَّرَ دَمْعُ ذِی الْلُبِّ الْحَصِیْفِ
Translation: When the commandments of Islam are read to us, tears stream from the eyes of the perfectly wise ones.
وَ اَحْمَدُ مُصْطَفًی فِیْنَا مُطَاعٌ فَلَا تَغْشَوْہُ بِالْقَوْلِ الْعَنِیْفٖ
Translation: Beloved Ahmad ( صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم) is leading us. So (O disbelievers!) Do not try to dominate him by talking nonsense.
فَلَا وَاللّٰەِ نُسْلِمُەٗ لِقَوْمٍ! وَ لَمَّا نَقْضِ فِیْھِمْ بِالسُّیُوْفٖ
Translation: So by Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ! We will not hand him over to disbelievers. We have not yet fought a decisive battle against them with our swords.2