Assalamualaikum the report below is taken from a book titled, "The Book of Idols" by Hisham ibn al-Kalbi :

When the Apostle of God captured Mecca and the Arabs embraced Islam, among the delegates who came to pay their homage was Jarir ibn-'Abdullah. He came to the Apostle and embraced Islam before him. Thereupon the Apostle addressed him saying, "O Jarir! Wilt thou not rid me of dhu-al-Khalasah?" Jarir replied, "Yea." So the Apostle dispatched him to destroy it. He set out until he got to the banu-Abmas of the Bajilah [tribe] and with them he proceeded to dhu-al-Khalasah. There he was met by the Khath'am and the Bahilah, who resisted him and attempted to defend dhu-al-Khalasah. He, therefore, fought them and killed a hundred men of the Bahilah, its custodians, and many of the Khath'am; while of the banu-Qubafah ibn-'Amir ibn-Khath'am he killed two hundred. having defeated them and forced them into flight, he demolished the building which stood over dhu-al-Khalasah and set it on fire. A certain woman of the banu-Khath'am thereupon said:

"The banu-Umamah, each wielding his spear, Were slaughtered at al-Wahyab, their abode; They came to defend their shrine, only to find Lions with brandished swords clamoring for blood. The women of the Khath'am were, then, HUMILIATED By the men of the Abmas, and ABASED."

At the present time dhu-al-Khalassah constitutes the threshold of the gate of the mosque at Tabalab.

−Ibn-Al-Kalbi, Hisham, The Book of Idols, pp. 31–2 (bold and capital emphasis is mine)

I've heard an argument that the last two lines of the woman's poetry refer to Muslim soldiers violating the women of Khath'am (Nauzubillah). Please do a response to this. Is it authentic? I hoped that someone could shed some light on this.

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