Adiyy Ibn Hatim
In the ninth year of the Hijrah, an Arab king made the first positive moves to Islam after years of feeling
hatred for it. He drew closer to faith (iman) after opposing and combating it. And he finally pledged
allegiance to the Prophet, peace be on him, after his adamant refusal to do so.
He was Adiyy, son of the famous Hatim at-Taai who was known far and wide for his chivalry and
fabulous generosity. Adiyy inherited the domain of his father and was confirmed in the position by the
Tayy people. Part of his strength lay in the fact that a quarter of any amount they obtained as booty from
raiding expeditions had to be given to him.