بسم الله الحد لله و صلاة و سلام على رسول الله و على آله و سلم
|The Four False Prophets|
|Al-Aswad Al-‘Ansi||Tulayhah al-Azdi||Sajjah bint al-Harith||Musaylimah al-Kaddhab|
This is the third installment in a series of articles on four of the early false prophets from the time of the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم and Abu Bakr رضى الله عنه. In it, we will discuss their rise, opposition by the Muslims, and eventual defeat.
Sajjah bint Harith was from a Christian Iraqi tribe named Taghlib. She was beautiful, a master of oratory, poetry, ability to game prophecies (ie, phrasing prophecies in such a way that they always come true). Coincidentally, her tribe held a prophecy of a woman who would become a prophetess. When she heard about the death of the Prophet Ahmad صلى الله عليه و سلم and the rise of other false prophets, she decided to use her skills and claim the prophethood foretold in the prophecy of Banu Taghlib. She join forces with Tulayhah al-Azdi, Musaylimah al-Kaddhab and Malik bin Nuwayrah, an apostate.
A large number of people joined with Sajjah, believing her prophecies were a sign of Truth and she was the awaited prophetess. As she grew in power, Musaylimah, another claimant to prophethood, invited her to Arabia to consolidate their forces against Islam. According to some reports they were married, but after a dispute over leadership Sajjah returned to Iraq with her followers.
When news of Tulayhah al-Azdi’s defeat at the hands of Khalid bin Waleed reached Sajjah’s coalition, she realized her forces were the next target. Her followers completely lost the will to fight and returned to Iraq.
And interestingly, like Tulayhah, when Iraq was later conquered by the Muslims, Sajjah and her tribe accepted Islam and died as a Muslims. This shows that there is a path out for those who accept false prophets. May Allah prevent us all from following misguidance.