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The Mission of Amr b. Umayyah al-Damri against Abu Sufyan[4] occurred in 6AH of the Islamic Calendar[5] i.e. 627 AD.

The Mission of Amr bin Umayyah al-Damri
Date627 [1]
Result Failed assassination, but successful escape
Muslims of Medina Quraish of Mecca
Commanders and leaders
Amr bin Umayyah al-Damri None
2[2] N/A
Casualties and losses
none 3 polytheists killed by Muslims,[3] 1 captured[2]

According to Ar-Rahīq al-Makhtum (the Sealed Nectar), a modern Islamic biography of Muhammad written by the Indian Muslim author Saif ur-Rahman Mubarakpuri, biographers have said that Amr bin Umayyah al-Damri was sent on an errand to kill Abu Sufyan (the leader of the Quraysh), who had also sent a Bedouin to kill Muhammad. The Mission was unsuccessful, but Amr bin Umayyah al-Damri killed 3 polytheists along the way.[6]


The MissionEdit

Reason for missionEdit

Muhammad ordered the Mission of Amr bin Umayyah al-Damri to assassinate Abu Sufyan[3] to avenge Khubyab bin Adi.[4] According to the Muslim scholar Safiur Rahman Mubarakpuri, the Quraysh ordered Khubyab bin Adi to be crucified by Uqba bin al-Harith because he had killed Uqba bin al-Harith's father.[7]

Events during the missionEdit

Per Al-Tabari, Amr bin Umayyah al-Damri set out and first visited the Ka'bah where he was spotted by one of the Meccan's. The Muslim assassins then fled and hid in a cave. While the Muslim's were still in the cave Uthman bin Malik al-Taymi came close riding his horse while they were hiding. Then Amr bin Umayyah al-Damri came out of hiding and killed him, he "stabbed him below the breast" with a dagger and al-Taymi gave out a loud scream which other Meccan's heard.[2]

The Muslims remained in the cave until the pursuers left. They then went to al-Tanim and found the spot where Khubyab bin Adi was crucified on a cross. They untied Khubayb from the cross, and traveled "forty paces" before they were spotted. He dropped Khubayb's body and again hid in a cave.[2]

While he was in the cave a Bedouin Shepard from the Banu Bakr tribe passed by, he had 1 eye as he had lost an eye .He asked "Who is there?", al-Damri replied: "One of the Banu Bakr.". The Bedouin laid down next to al-Damri and began to sing "♬ I will not be a Muslim as long as I live ♬" and al-Damri replied "You will soon see!". The Bedouin then went to sleep and al-Damri states:[2]

I went to him and killed him in the most dreadful way that anybody has ever killed anybody. I leant over him, stuck the end of my bow into his good eye, and thrust it down until it came out of the back of his neck. After that I rushed out like a wild beast [Tabari, Volume 7, p. 148][2]

Al-Damri then fled and came to a place called al-Naqi. At this place there were two Meccans sent as spies by the Quraysh to check on Muhammad. Al-Damri "shot an arrow at one of them and killed him", and he then called on the other spy to surrender. After he surrendered, he tied him up, brought him to Muhammad and told him what happened after being questioned about it. Muhammad looked at him and laughed and said:[2]

"Well done!" he said, and prayed for me to be blessed [Tabari, Volume 7, p. 148][2]

Islamic primary sourcesEdit

The incident is mentioned by the Sunni Muslim scholar Tabari. In Tabari, Volume 7 as follows:[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Abū Khalīl, Shawqī (2003). Atlas of the Quran. Dar-us-Salam. p. 242. ISBN 978-9960897547.(online)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Tabari, Al (2008), The foundation of the community, State University of New York Press, pp. 147–150, ISBN 978-0-88706-344-2
  3. ^ a b Mubarakpuri, The Sealed Nectar, p. 211.
  4. ^ a b Tabari, Al (2008), The foundation of the community, State University of New York Press, p. 147, ISBN 978-0-88706-344-2
  5. ^ Abū Khalīl, Shawqī (2003). Atlas of the Quran. Dar-us-Salam. p. 242. ISBN 978-9960-897-54-7. See #no. 28
  6. ^ Mubarakpuri, Saifur Rahman Al (2005), The Sealed Nectar, Darussalam Publications, p. 211
  7. ^ Mubarakpuri, The sealed nectar: biography of the Noble Prophet, pp. 350-351.