Ghazwat Tabuk (Battle of Tabuk), the final time the Prophet (ﷺ) was to accompany his army on a mission, began in Rajab of the 9th year After Hijrah.
News reached the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) that the Romans were preparing to raid the North of the Arabian Peninsula in order to wipe out the memory of the spectacular tactical withdrawal which the Muslim army had staged in the battle of Mu’tah.
This time He (ﷺ) decided to face the foreign threat himself, so He (ﷺ) drew up a plan designed to finally kill off any ambitions that the Roman leaders held about interfering in the affairs of the Muslims or any thoughts that they may have entertained about raiding their lands.
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