Sa’yd Ibn Āmer Al Jumaḥyu was one of thousands who turned up to witness the death of Khobayb Ibn Uday – one of the companions of the Prophet Mohamad p.b.u.h. – based on the invitation of the leaders of the Quraish Tribe.
Sa’yd Ibn Āmer was a youthful, well built, and strong man in his prime. This allowed him to wrestle his way to the front of the gathering crowd and be among some of the tribe leaders like Sofian Ibn Harb and Safwan Ibn Umaya and others who lead the crowd.
Sa’yd witnessed Quraish’s prisoner shackled in chains. The crowd rushing him to the courtyard where they have set as a place for his execution. A retaliation against the Prophet Mohamad p.b.u.h. and to avenge the deaths of their fellow tribesmen killed in the battle of Badr.
As the crowds gathered around the place of execution, Sa’yd Ibn Āmer stood tall and saw Khobayb as he was lead to the wooden post on which he is to be killed. Over the noise of the crowd, Say’d heard Khobayb’s steadfast calm voice asking his captors: “If you contend to allow me to pray 2 Rakaa before my demise then do…”
Sa’yd stood and looked over as Khobayb directed himself towards the Kaaba and pray a serene and most complete prayer. Khobayb then approached the leaders of Quraish and said: “By Allah, had I not believed that you would think I was afraid of death for prolonging my prayer, I would have prayed for longer…”
Sa’yd then witnessed his people mutilate Khobayb alive, tearing flesh off his body as they say to him: “Wouldn’t you want Muhammad (prophet p.b.u.h) in your stead and save yourself? He responds to them covered in blood: “By Allah I would not wish to being safe and sound among my family and children, and have Muhammad (p.b.u.h) pricked by a thorn.” The crowd grew agitated and loudly cried out for his death, “Kill Him, Kill Him”
Sa’yd then saw Khobayb turn his head up to the sky and say: “Of Allah account and kill them all, and do not leave any of them” as he releases his last breath from all the sword strikes and arrow stab wounds that have covered his body.
The crowd dispersed and returned to Makkah and what happened to Khobayb was forgotten, but young Sa’yd Ibn Āmer did not forget and Khobayb’s and his appearance had never left his mind. He saw him in his dreams when he slept. He saw his shadow while awake, as he prayed his last Rakaas in front of the wooden crucifix. He heard the faint sound of his voice as he supplicated for Quraish’s destruction, and he worried that he would be killed as a result of this supplication, either by a thunderbolt strick from the sky or a fallen boulder or rock.
Khobayb taught Sa’yd Ibn Āmer things of which he was not aware…
A true life is one with Aqeedah [ E.W.L’s translation of the word describes it as: A Doctrine, or the like, upon which one’s mind is firmly settled or determined or to which one holds, or adhere, or cleaves, with the heart, or mind; a belief, or firm belief or persuasion; a creed, an article of belief; a religious tenet] and perseverance for the sake of Aqeedah until the death.
He also learned that deep rooted belief can create wonder and allow the person to accomplish the impossible. However, it was the knowledge that if a man’s companions love him with the magnitude that Khobayb loved the prophet p.b.u.h then he is indeed a prophet with heaven’s support.
At that point, Sa’yd Ibn Amer accepted Islam and publicly declared his belief and his absolvement from the evil deeds of Quraish and their idol worship and his acceptance of Allah’s religion.