The Tomb of Zaid bin Haritha
This is the grave of Zaid-bin-Haritha the first amir designated by the Prophet to
head the Muslim army in the Mu’ta war. Following Ali, Zaid was the first to join Islam.
He was the world’s first slave to convert to Islam He was a tiny child when he was
attacked by the Banu Qais tribe while traveling in a caravan. He was kidnapped
and sold as an enslaved person in Makkah to Hakim-bin-Hizam, who bought him
for his aunt Khadijah, who gave him to the Prophet as a gift when she married him.
Zaid’s father was distraught by his son’s death and went on the hunt for himDuring
their visit to Makkah, Zaid met some members of his clan and wrote his father a letter
assuring him that he was well and pleased with his great master. Zaid’s father and uncle
arrived in Makkah with enough money to ransom Zaid and asked the Prophet (PBUH)
to release him so they could return with him. The Prophet offered Zaid the option of
returning to his father, but he declined, stating, “How can I prefer anybody else to you?
” For me, you’re everyone, including my father and uncle.” “From today, I adopt Zaid as
my son,” the Prophet declared, taking Zaid in his lap. Zaid’s father and uncle were
happy with the arrangement and happily left Zaid with the Prophet. Zaidis the
Prophet’s only named companion (Sahabi) in the Quran on his divorce from Zainab
“We gave her to you in marriage because Zaid no longer desired her.” [33:37]
Zaid passed away at the age of 55.