It’s well known in the time of the Prophet(ﷺ), Zoroastrians made up the Majority of Bahrain which is Morden day eastern Arabia.

We have Hadiths of the Prophet ordering the expulsion of Jews and Christians and Polytheists.

It has been narrated by 'Umar b. al-Khattib that he heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say: I will expel the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but Muslim.

The Prophet (ﷺ) on his death-bed, gave three orders saying, "Expel the pagans from the Arabian Peninsula”

But with the Magians/Zoroatrians there are no such Hadiths expect to the contrary.

We have Hadiths where the Prophet collects Jizya from Bahrain and they stay there until Umar and he lets them stay and pay Jizya.

Narrated Amr bin Dinar: I was sitting with Jabir bin Zaid and Amr bin Aus, and Bjalla was narrating to them in 70 A.H. the year when Musab bin Az-Zubair was the leader of the pilgrims of Basra. We were sitting at the steps of Zamzam well and Bajala said, "I was the clerk of Juz bin Muawiya, Al-Ahnaf's paternal uncle. A letter came from Umar bin Al-Khattab one year before his death; and it was read:-- "Cancel every marriage contracted among the Magians between relatives of close kinship (marriages that are regarded illegal in Islam: a relative of this sort being called Dhu-Mahram.)" Umar did not take the Jizya from the Magian infidels till Abdur-Rahman bin `Auf testified that Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) had taken the Jizya from the Magians of Hajar.

So how do the scholars explain this?

Are Magians the only ones among the religions allowed to reside in Arabia?

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Magians (Zoroastrians) are included in Mushrikeen (polytheists\pagans) as the word includes all disbelievers, so the following hadith includes Magians just as it includes every other disbeliever:

أخرجوا المشركين من جزيرة العرب

Turn out all the pagans from the Arabian Peninsula


وظاهر حديث ابن عباس: أنه يجب إخراج كل مشرك من جزيرة العرب سواء كان يهوديا، أو نصرانيا، أو مجوسيا

The apparent meaning of the hadith of Ibn Abbas is that every Mushrik should be expelled from the Arabian Peninsula, regardless of whether they are Jewish, Christian, or Magian.

Nayl al-Awtar

This is also evident from the other ahadith which explain that none should be left in the land except Muslims:

لأخرجن اليهود والنصارى من جزيرة العرب حتى لا أدع إلا مسلما

I will expel the Jews and the Christians from the Arabian Peninsula, and I will not leave anyone in it except a Muslim.


لا يترك بجزيرة العرب دينان

Do not let more than one religion remain in the Arabian Peninsula

Musnad Ahmad

Since Magians are other than Muslims and Zoroastrianism is a religion other than Islam, so the above ahadith mean that they too should be expelled if they happen to be there.

It is also evident from reasoning: The Jews and Christians are better than the other disbelievers while the Magians are dualists, worship fire, disbelieve in the Prophets and Books etc. So if the Jews and Christians are expelled then the Magians should also be expelled as it is illogical to be more lenient with them.

If the Prophet ﷺ let them remain in an area of the Arabian Peninsula then this was before he gave the order to expel them, which was near the time of his death and before that even Jews and Christians lived in various parts of the Arabian Peninsula.

"If" Umar let any non-Muslims stay in any land under Islamic rule then it could be because he did not consider that location to be included in the definition of the Arabian Peninsula on which the prohibition applied. It could also be that he let them stay temporarily to be expelled in the future.

Umar's letter which you have quoted was to his governor in Manadhir - Ahvaz (see Jami at-Tirmidhi), that is not located in the Arabian Peninsula. On the contrary we know that Umar also forbade the Magians by name from settling in Medinah - see Sunan al-Kubra al-Bayhaqi.

To sum up there isn't any evidence to indicate that Magians were treated differently from the other Dhimmis in this regard. Nor do the scholars make any distinction about that.


منع الكفار من سكنى جزيرة العرب شامل لجميعهم مهما كانت ديانتهم، أو صفاتهم

The prohibition preventing the disbelievers from settling in the Arabian Peninsula includes all of them, regardless of their religion or other attributes

Mawsoo’ah al-Fiqhiyyah

وهو عام في كل مشرك سواء أكان وثنيا، أم يهوديا، أم نصرانيا، أم مجوسيا

It is general and includes every Mushrik, regardless of whether he is an idol worshipper, a Jew, a Christian, or a Magian

Mawsoo’ah al-Fiqhiyyah

  • Zoroastrians don’t worship fire nor are they are musrhiks unless you consider all non-Muslims mushriks they are separated from Mushirks in Quran 22:17
    – IbnAqil
    Commented May 24 at 15:34
  • How would Zoroastrians be worst than Christians? When Christian say God is three and worship a man but Zoroastrians don’t?
    – IbnAqil
    Commented May 24 at 15:36
  • It clearly says the Prophet took Jizya from the Zoroastrians in Eastern Arabia and they stayed there until 9th century it’s in the Arabian peninsula
    – IbnAqil
    Commented May 24 at 15:36

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