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The Siege of Taif took place in 630 CE, as the Muslims besieged the city of Taifmarker after their victory in the Battle of Hunayn and Autas. However, the city did not succumb to the siege. One of their chieftains, Urwah ibn Mas'ud, was absent in Yemenmarker during that siege.


Sunni sources state regarding the Siege of Ta'if:

Abu Sufyan ibn Harb lost his first eye in the Siege of Taif. He told Muhammad of his loss for Allah to which Muhammad said “Which would you prefer: An eye in heaven or shall I pray to Allah that he brings it back?” To this Abu Sufyan said he would rather have his eye in heaven. He lost his other eye in the Battle of Yarmouk.


Although the siege was unsuccessful, the inhabitants of Ta'ifmarker, the Banu Thaqif, sent a delegation to Mecca shortly after the siege; this resulted in them adopting Islam.



  1. The Year of Deputations and Abu Bakr's Leadership of the Pilgrimage
  2. :: Stories of the Companions - An Eye Now or an Eye in Heaven?
  3. Campaigns of Hunayn and al Ta'if

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