I have just come across a Hadith from Sahih Al-Bukhari which confirms the number of soldiers with the Prophet Muhammad (p) upon the Conquest of Mecca were indeed TEN THOUSAND (10,000):
Narrated Ibn Abbas : The Prophet left Medina (for Mecca) in the company of ten-thousand (Muslim warriors) in (the month of) Ramadan, and that was eight and a half years after his migration to Medina. He and the Muslims who were with him, proceeded on their way to Mecca. He was fasting and they were fasting, but when they reached a place called Al-Kadid which was a place of water between 'Usfan and Kudaid, he broke his fast and so did they. (Az-Zuhri said, "One should take the last action of Allah's Apostle and leave his early action (while taking a verdict.")
Original article (prior to the update above)
Recently I was reviewing a debate between a Muslim (Osama Abdallah) and a Christian (Anthony Rogers) on whether Muhammad is prophesized in the modern day Bible. Upon the discussion of the of whether Deut 33:2 referred to Prophet Muhammad (p) and his army of ten thousand who liberated Mecca (8AH) the Christian said something which went against what is stated by Muslim scholars and biography writers of Prophet Muhammad (p).
The Christian claimed Prophet Muhammad (p) had 12,000 soldiers with him not 10,000. I was baffled. In fact I reckon his Muslim opponent was baffled too.
What’s the correct number? 10,000 or 12,000?
The correct number is 10,000. This is confirmed by the world renowned biography writer, Safi-ur-Rahman Al Mubarakpuri in his seerah book, The Sealed Nectar:
After making full preparation, the Prophet (p) proceeded to Makkah at the head of TEN THOUSAND soldiers on the 10th of Ramadan, 8 A.H. [p461,Ar-Raheequl-Makhtum by Safi-ur-Rahman Al-Mubarakpuri, Darussalam, 2002]
Where did the Christian debater get the number 12,000 from?
He got it from a Christian missionary article by Sam Shamoun, who seems to be desperate to try and convince Christians that those Biblical references are not about Prophet Muhammad (p). Seemingly so desperate that he was willing to mislead his co-religionists. Here is the relevant part where the Christian debater (Anthony Rogers) got his misinformation from:
The final problem with Osama's claim is that according to Muslim sources, Muhammad did not enter
with ten thousand soliders, but with twelve thousand! Renowned Muslim exegete
and historian, al-Tabari, wrote: Mecca
"Ibn Humayd- Salamah- Ibn Ishaq- 'Abdallah b. Abi Bakr: The Messenger marched with 2,000 Meccans and 10,000 of his companions [who had marched with him and] with whose help God had facilitated the conquest of
Thus there were 12,000 in all ..." (The History of Al-Tabari:
The Last Years of the Prophet, translated and annotated by Ismail K.
Poonawala [State University of New York Press, Albany 1990], Volume IX, p. 8;
bold emphasis ours) Mecca
Thus, Osama's key, foundational point connecting Muhammad with Deuteronomy 33:2 is not only utterly basely from a biblical perspective, but his claim of ten thousand Muslim soldiers doesn't even have the support of his own Muslim sources!
It's really interesting to note he only partially quoted from this reference from Al-Tabari, why? It's also interesting to note that the text he does quote even indicates it's not referring to the conquest of Mecca as it differentiates between the 10,000 companions and the 2,000 Meccans.
Time to correct this Christian missionary so he stops misleading people.
The citation from Al-Tabari refers to the battle AFTER the conquest of Mecca. 10,000 were present for the conquest of
Nineteen days after Allah’s Messenger entered Makkah, he left accompanied by twelve thousand Muslims. Ten thousand of those who had previously shared in the Makkah conquest. A great number of the other two thousand . who were Makkans, had recently embraced Islam. [p477,Ar-Raheequl-Makhtum by Safi-ur-Rahman Al-Mubarakpuri, Darussalam, 2002]
It seems the Christian missionary website is either deliberately misleading their readers or is so amateurish that its writer lacks reading comprehension, the ability to research and sense.
Our advice to Christians is, please do not rely on shoddy Christian missionary websites – they are not reliable and will make you look foolish.
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