Note [original edition] : While they dispute concerning God
;] This passage was revealed on the following occasion: Amer Ebn al
and Arbad Ebn Rabîah,
the brother of Labîd
, went to Mohammed
intent to kill him; and Amer
began to dispute with him concerning the chief
points of his doctrine, while Arbad
, taking a compass, went behind him to
dispatch him with his sword; but the prophet, perceiving his design, implored
’s protection; whereupon Arbad
was immediately struck dead by thunder, and
was struck with a pestilential boil, of which he died in a short time, in
a miserable condition5
however, tells another story saying that Mohammed,
sent one to invite a certain man to embrace his religion, the person put this
question to the missionary, Who is this apostle, and what is God
? Is he of
gold, or of silver, or of brass?
Upon which a thunderbolt struck off his
skull, and killed him.
Al Beidawi. v. Golii. not. in Adagia Arab. adject. ad Gram Erpenii, p. 99.