The Story of the Poetess Asma bint [daughter of] Marwan and her Death *
There was a poetess [in Medina] who wrote a poem against Mohammed and his new way of life, Islam. Mohammed said, “Who will rid me of Marwan’s daughter?” One of his followers heard him and on that very night went to the woman’s home and killed her.
The assassin was able to do the work in the dark as the woman slept. Her other children lay in the room, but her babe lay on her breast. The stealthy assassin removed the child and drove the knife into her with such force that he pinned her to the bed.
In the morning, he went to Mohammed and told him [what he’d done]. Mohammed said, “You have helped Allah and his Apostle.” When asked about the consequences, Mohammed said, “Two goats won’t butt their heads together over this.”
Mohammed turned to the people in the mosque. He said, “If you wish to see a man who has assisted Allah and his Prophet, look ye here.” Omar cried, “What, the blind Omeir?”
“No,” said Mohammed, “call him Omeir the Seeing.”
* from the Sira (the life of Mohammed) Source Texts
Guillaume, A. 1955. The Life of Mohammad: A Translation of Bin Ishaq’s Sirat Rasul Allah
Oxford: Oxford University Press, page 996.
Muir, Sir William. 1923. The Life of Mohammad: From Original Sources Edinburgh:
Reprint, John Grant, page 239.