I'm new to this forum and today while reading Al Muwatta i came upon this hadith.
Imam Malik's Muwatta Book 021 hadith n. 10 Can somebody explain to me the meaning of this hadith:
Yahya related to me from Malik from Yahya ibn Said that Abu Bakr as-Siddiq was sending armies to ash-Sham. He went for a walk with Yazid ibn Abi Sufyan who was the commander of one of the battalions. It is claimed that Yazid said to Abu Bakr, "Will you ride or shall I get down?" Abu Bakrsaid, "I will not ride and you will not get down. I intend these steps of mine to be in the way of Allah." Then Abu Bakr advised Yazid, "You will find a people who claim to have totally given themselves to Allah. Leave them to what they claim to have given themselves. .You will find a people who have shaved the middle of their heads, strike what they have shaved with the sword "I advise you ten things: Do not kill women or children or an aged, infirm person. Do not cut down fruit-bearing trees. Do not destroy an inhabited place. Do not slaughter sheep or camels except for food. Do not burn bees and do not scatter them. Do not steal from the booty, and do not be cowardly."
I just can't understand the meaning of this part:
"You will find a people who have shaved the middle of their heads, strike what they have shaved with the sword"
I think it's related to monks, but i'm really not sure about it. As far as i know Abu Bakr commanded not to kill anyone and leave in peace women, children, aged men and people who retire in worship places, and so did the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) Can somebody explain that part to me? Maybe I'm just to tired and sleepy to understand it. Also notice that I'm not native arabic speaker.. i mean i speak arabic with my parents but it's a sort of dialect (north african who lives in Europe )