‘Uqbah ibn Nafi’s zeal for tabligh

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Is the following narration reliable:

وفي هذه الولاية الثانية دخل عقبة بن نافع مدينة طنجة، يقول المالكي في (رياض النفوس): إن عُقبة بعدما تسلّم الولاية الثانية خرج من القيروان وانطلق بجيش كثيف نحو الغرب، ففتح حصونا ومدنا عديدة، وتقدّم إلى المغرب الأقصى حتى نزل طنجة، ثم رحل إلى السوس الأقصى يريد البحر المحيط، فانتهى إليه وأقحم فرسه فيه، وقال قولته المشهورة: اللهم اشْهد أنّي قد بلغت المجهود، ولولا هذا البحر لمضيت في البلاد أقاتل مَن كفر بك، حتى لا يُعْبَد أحد مِن دونك


During the second term, ‘Uqbah went from Kairouan with a huge army towards the West, conquering our forts and many cities, continuing Far West until he reached Tangier, then he rode to Susul Aqsa so that he can meet the ocean, when he arrived at the ocean he dipped his horse into it and he said these famous words:

‘O Allah bear witness that I have made an asserted effort, if it was not for this sea I would continue fighting disbelief on the land until none is worshiped besides you.’



‘Uqbah ibn Nafi’ (rahimahullah) was a reliable Tabi’i.

I haven’t seen a chain for this, however such incidents of history are suitable when cited by reliable sources like the one in your question.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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