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Hamzah bin Abdul Muttalib
There is a long list of brave and strong soldiers in the army of Islam but the bravery of Hamzah bin Abdul Muttalib is recorded in golden words in the pages of history. The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and his family, though safe under the protection of his uncle Abu Talib, were not immune from harassment by the Quraish. They left no stone unturned in teasing the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him). On one occasion, Abu Jahl found the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) alone, and used much offensive and vulgar language for him. That same evening when Hamzah bin Abdul Muttalib, came home from a hunting expedition and came to know about the tale of Abu Jahl's gratuitous insolence towards the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and the latter's forbearance. Hamzah was a warrior, a hunter and a sportsman. He was little interested in the day-to-day affairs of the city. But Abu Jahl's conduct towards his nephew so roused his anger that he seized his bow, went into the assembly of the Quraish where he (Abu Jahl) was reviewing the events of the day to his compeers, struck him at his head with his bow, causing it to bleed, and shouted: "I too have become a Muslim." Hamzah, the uncle of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him), was one of the bravest men of Arabia and a fearless soldier of Islam. It was he, who insisted earnestly that the army of Islam should go out of Madinah and fight against Quraish. Hamzah had killed Utbah, the father of Hinda, in the battle of Badr. In the battle of Uhud, she wanted to slake her thirst for vengeance which had kept her restless since the battle of Badr. Hinda nursed a grudge against Hamzah and was determined to take her father's revenge on the Muslims at any cost. Wahshi, an Ethiopian warrior, was the slave of Jabir Mut'am and an uncle of Jabir had also been killed in the Battle of Badr. She asked Wahshi to kill the Prophet (peace be upon him), Ali or Hamzah so that she could avenge her father's death. The Ethiopian warrior said: "I cannot approach Muhammad (peace be upon him) at all, because his companions guard him well. Ali too is extraordinarily vigilant in battlefields. However, Hamzah could be struck while fighting as he usually penetrates deep into enemy’s army. I may be able to make him fall by some trick." Hinda was contented with this and promised that if he was successful in killing Hamzah, she would set him free. On the day of Uhud, Wahshi started following Hamzah who had penetrated into the centre of the Quraish army and was fighting fearlessly. With a spear in his hand, Wahshi kept himself hidden behind trees and stones in order to find a chance to attack Hamzah. Finally, he got a chance and threw the spear from a fair distance towards Hamzah. Hinda and the other harpies she had brought with her from Makkah, mutilated the bodies of Muslims. Hinda cut open Hamzah's abdomen, plucked out his liver and chewed it up. The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) was deeply aggrieved at the death of his uncle. He bestowed upon him the titles of the "Lion of Allah," and the "Chief of the martyrs."