Maktum stood at attention before a gravestone on the edge of the battlefield. He had dug the grave himself, and within lie his father and the brave soldiers who had lost their lives due to his immaturity. When he closed his eyes, he could still remember the king's weak yet warm smile after being thrown from his mount by a blow that left a vicious gash in his chest. It was that very moment he realized how his father had felt. The tears he shed were washed away by the rain along with the blood of battle, but it did nothing to alleviate his agony and self-condemnation.
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Abdullah Ibn Umm-Maktum was the son of Qays Ibn Sayd and Aatikah Bint Abdullah. He was blind by birth and hence his mother was called Umm-Maktum (Mother of the concealed one). Ibn Umm-Maktum was a cousin of Khadijah bint Khuwaylid, Muhammad's first wife.
Abdullah Ibn Umm-Maktum was among the first converts to Islam. Muhammad sent him and Mus`ab ibn `Umair to Medina for teaching Qur'an to the inhabitants before the Hijra took place. He and Bilal Ibn Rabah were chosen as muezzins in Medina by Muhammad. When Muhammad left Medina for participating in battles, he was given the responsibility of leading the prayers.
Abdullah Ibn Umm-Maktum requested Umar, the second Caliph of Islam, to let him take part in Jihad in spite of his blindness. Umar allowed him to take part in the Battle of al-Qādisiyyah in 636 C.E. He served in the battle as the standard bearer for the Muslim side, and he was killed in the fighting.