Abu Músa Al-Ashari (رضي الله عنه) may Allah be pleased with him, was originally from Yemen and visited Makkah after hearing news of the Prophet. He accepted Islam and returned to his homeland to spread the message. He later joined the community in Madinah after the expedition to Khaybar along with fifty new Muslims from Yemen.
During the Caliphate of `Umar (ra), Abu Músa successfully led the Muslim forces in the battle of Tustar against the Persian Empire and was later appointed Governor of Basra and Kufa.
In the time of Ali's (ra) Caliphate, Abu Músa was chosen as one of two arbitrators in the dispute that arose between Ali and Mua`awiyah. Despite having been betrayed in the arbitration, Abu Músa remained neutral in the conflict.
"There was no rider who came to Basra who was better for its people than he" - Al-Hassam ibn Ali (ra).Abu Músa was well know for his wisdom, understanding of Islam and connection to the Qur'an. Years later, he returned to Makkah where he spent the remainder of his life in the worship of Allah in the Sacred Masjid al-Haram.
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