Thumama was one of the most powerful Arab rulers before Islam. He was a ruler of the Banu Hanifa tribe and one of the rulers of Al-Yamama. No one dared to challenge what he said. When Thumama received the letter of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) calling him to Islam, he was consumed by anger and rejected it. He wanted to kill the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). Thumama killed a group of companions. He was later by the companions. When the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) saw Thumama, he asked the companions if they knew who they had captured. He (peace and blessigs be upon him) told them they had captured Thumama the leader of Banu Hanifa. While captured Thumama had the best of food and drink, and was cared for very well. After three days the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) set him free. Due to this care and concern Thumama entered Islam.
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