Battle of Zafar

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The Battle of Zafar took place in 632 between Khalid ibn al-Walid - a companion of the Prophet Muhammad - and a tribal chieftess called Salma. Khalid defeated her and she died on the battlefield, the battle was part of the Ridda Wars. The apostate leader was riding on a camel, surrounded by her loyal bodyguards. Khalid ibn al-Walid approached her with a group of mujaheddin and slaughtered her and her bodyguards. Several hundred apostates died in this battle.

Battle of Zafar
Part of Ridda wars and
Campaigns of Khalid ibn al-Walid
Date October 632
Location Zafar, Ha'il, Arabia (modern Saudi Arabia)
Result Rashidun Caliphate victory
Belligerents
Rashidun Caliphate Apostate rebels
Commanders and leaders
Khalid ibn al-Walid Salma a.k.a. Umm Zhiml
Strength
unknown unknown
Casualties and losses
negligible heavy

Online Resources[edit]

A.I. Akram, The Sword of Allah: Khalid bin al-Waleed, His Life and Campaigns Lahore, 1969

References[edit]

  • A.I. Akram, The Sword of Allah: Khalid bin al-Waleed, His Life and Campaigns, Nat. Publishing. House, Rawalpindi (1970) ISBN 0-7101-0104-X.

Coordinates: 14°12′41″N 44°24′12″E / 14.21139°N 44.40333°E / 14.21139; 44.40333