Who did the Prophet (pbuh) assign the duty of breaking the idols during the conquest of Makkah?

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Who did the Prophet (pbuh) assign the duty of breaking the idols during the conquest of Makkah?

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The Qurayshi polytheists had erected three hundred and thirty-six idols around the Kaaba. Those idols had been pinned with leads.

The Messenger of Allah, who had destroyed the idols in the minds, spirits and hearts with the belief of oneness he brought, and who had made  thousands of people turn around the light he brought like moths, started to clean the Kaaba from the idols.

He pointed at each idol with the stuff in his hand and read the following verse:

"Truth has (now) arrived, and Falsehood perished: for Falsehood is (by its nature) bound to perish." (al-Isra, 17/81)

Each idol that was pointed at by the Prophet fell down. Whenever the Prophet pointed at the face of an idol, it fell off face down. Thus, all of the idols in the Kaaba were demolished.

After cleaning the Kaaba and Makkah from the idols, the Prophet wanted to eliminate the idols around the city. He sent Khalid b. Walid with a group of thirty people to demolish the idol Uzza, which was in Nahla. Upon this order, Khalid demolished Uzza, which was regarded as the greatest idol among the Qurayshis.

The Prophet sent Sa’d b. Zayd al-Ashhal in order to demolish Manat, the idol on the mount of Mushallal. It was the idol of Aws and Khazraj tribes. Upon the order of the Prophet Sa’d b. Zayd went there with the Muslims near him, demolished Manat and returned.

Another famous idol of the polytheists was Suwa. It was in a place about three miles away from Makkah. The Messenger of Allah sent Amr b. As to demolish that idol, which was the idol of the Sons of Kinana, Huzays and Muzaynas. Amr fulfilled his duty and returned to Makkah.

With the conquest of Makkah, both the inside of Makkah and the places around it were cleaned of idols; the hearts of the Qurayshis were also cleaned of polytheism and became spotless with the light of oneness.

- M. Asım Köksal, İslam Tarihi

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