Expedition of Ghalib ibn Abdullah al-Laithi (Mayfah)

Expedition of Ghalib ibn Abdullah al-Laithi[4] to Mayfah took place in January 628 AD, 9th Month 7AH, of the Islamic Calendar.[4][5]

Expedition of Ghalib ibn Abdullah al-Laithi (Mayfah)
DateJanuary 629 AD,9th Month 7AH
  • Successful operation, captured a lot of camels and cattle as booty
  • Many polytheists killed[1][2][3]
Commanders and leaders
Ghalib ibn Abdullah al-Laithi Unknown
130 Entire tribe (unknown population)
Casualties and losses
0 Many Killed (unknown number) [1][2]


Muhammad sent Ghalib ibn Abdullah al-Laithi as the commander of 130 men to Mayfah on the confines of Nejd, and was sent to launch an attack against Banu ‘Awâl and Banu Thalabah in Ramadan 7 A.H. The settlement was surprised and the Muslims put many to death, and drove off their camels and flock .[6]

Usama, one of the fighters who went along, killed a man, after he had pronounced the testimony of God's Oneness at the last moment just before killing him (see Shahadah) to which incident Muhammad commented addressing his Companions: "Would you rip open his heart to discern whether he is truthful or a liar?"[1][2]

This was the 4th surprise raid against the Banu Thalabah.

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  1. ^ a b c ""Ghalib bin 'Abdullah Al-Laithi at the head of a platoon of 130", Witness-Pioneer.com".
  2. ^ a b c "The Sealed Nectar". Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  3. ^ The life of Mahomet and history of Islam, Volume 4, By Sir William Muir, Pg 84 See bottom of page, notes section
  4. ^ a b "Atlas Al-sīrah Al-Nabawīyah". Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  5. ^ "List of Battles of Muhammad". Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
  6. ^ "The Life of Mahomet and History of Islam to the Era of the Hegira". Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  7. ^ Sa'd, Ibn (1967). Kitab al-tabaqat al-kabir,By Ibn Sa'd,Volume 2. Pakistan Historical Society. p. 149. ASIN B0007JAWMK.
  8. ^ Al Tabari, Michael Fishbein (translator) (1997), Volume 8, Victory of Islam, State University of New York Press, p. 132, ISBN 9780791431504 {{citation}}: |author= has generic name (help)