The Alliance of Excellence

The Alliance of Excellence

The Yemeni man was so embarrassed and thoughtful. He was wondering how he could withdraw his goods from that oppressor man


The Yemeni man was so embarrassed and thoughtful. He was wondering how he could withdraw his goods from that oppressor man, 'As-Ibn-Wa`eel'. He knew that in Mecca people do not help strangers. Suddenly an idea came to his mind. He climbed the mount Abu-Qubais _around which people of Mecca used to gather_ and appealed to people for help.

All the fair-minded young men -among whom Prophet Muhammad was present- were full of enthusiasm to put the matter right. Therefor a meeting was held and they pledged to: respect the principles of justice, and collectively intervene in conflicts to establish justice. They made a covenant by Allah that they would unite with the wronged man against the one who had wronged him until the matter was settled. The Arabs called that pact Hilf al-Fudul, 'The Alliance of Excellence'. Then they went to the house of 'As-Ibn-Wa`eel', and took from him what he owed to the Yemeni merchant and handed it over.

Althogh this happened before his call of prophecy, the Messenger of Allah was proud of this alliance. He held it in such high esteem that after receiving the message of Islam he said: 'I was present at an alliance which was such that if I was invited to take part in it now in Islam, I would still do so.'
Hilf al-Fudul (Arabic: حلف الفضول‎) was a 7th-century alliance created by various Meccans, including the Prophet Muhammad, to protect oppressed people and to establish justice.

 

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