The Four False Prophets, Part I: Al-Aswad al-‘Ansi

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 first 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.


During the 12th year after the Hijrah, Al-Aswad al-‘Ansi (الاسود العنسي) from ‘Ans, Yemen claimed to be a prophet. He started his movement slow and secretly, but later grew to engulf all of ‘Ans. At the time, Yemen was ruled by Persian Muslims, notably Shahr bin Badhaan, whose father Badhaan had accepted Islam after receiving a letter from the Prophet Ahmad صلى الله عليه و سلم. But Al-Aswad’s forces attacked the Muslims, killed Shahr, and his forcefully married his Shahr’s wife Azaad.
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