The most important horsemen trio in the history of mankind

In the prologue of the beloved movie among Muslims, The Message, we see three horseman galloping in the vast solitude of the desert. Then, these three horsemen separate their routes, after greeting each other with “Salam”, they all ride into different directions.

Their names are, Dihyah al-Kalbi, Abdullah bin Huzafa and Hateep bin Abu Balta, (radiallahu anhu acmain)

They were of the Sahaba, Prophet Muhammad(saw) companions and they were on a very holy mission.

In the year 628 and in the month of Muharram, Rasulullah(saw) was pondering about new and alternative ways to deliver Allah’(j.j) message to different nations of the world and since they signed the “Hudaybeyah” peace treaty with the pagans, it was a period where the sahaba can easily travel in the Arabian peninsula in security. However, since Holy Quran states that;

“We sent thee not, but as a Mercy for all creatures.” (Al-Anbiya 21/107)

Rasulullah(saw) knew he should invite all of mankind to Islam. Therefore, he discussed this issue with his Sahaba and they all decided to send letter to rulers and emperors of that era, a letter that declares the delivery of the final message of Allah(j.j) and invitation to Islam.

Among the Sahaba, some knew about the etiquettes of sending letters to emperors and since such rules would not accept letters without seal, Rasulullah made himself a seal that imprinted “Muhammad Rasul Allah”, meaning Muhammad(saw) the messenger of Allah(j.j)

The three horsemen set on their “expedition” from the city of Madina and parted ways after a while.

Dihyah al-Kalbi(ra) kept riding north, he was to deliver Allah’s(j.j) message to “Byzantinum emperor Heraclius.”

Abdullah bin Huzafa(ra) turned east, he was heading to “Persian king, Kisra”.

Hateep bin Abu Balta(ra) turned to west, his destination was “King of Egypt, Muqawqis”.

The addressing of the three letters was different naturally, but the content was the same for all three, as the essence of this message is still binding and authoritative today, for the entire mankind : Simple and bare invitation to Islam.

Muqawqis of Egypt treated Hateep bin Abu Balta(ra) kindly, sent some gifts to Prophet Muhammad(saw) but turned down his invitation, probably thinking that such a gesture of sending gifts would be enough to establish a politically correct relationship with Arabs.

Persian King Kisra was in vain, he thought “nomads of the Arabian desert” wouldn’t qualify to invite people to Allah’(j.j)s message.

Byzantinum emperor Heraclius was really moved by the message when he heard about the Holy Quran, and some historians note that he seriously thought about converting to Islam but afraid of his public’s reaction.

Onto west or onto east, doesn’t matter, the glorious and mysterious galloping of that three horsemen still echo today and all around the world, people receive invitation to Allah’s(j.j) final message, some accept, some can’t win over their arrogance.

The spirit of that three horsemen should be fuelling the dawah of today’s Muslims.

Baris Tarimcioglu/islamoformation.comislam-history-message



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