A Letter to Harith bin Abi Shamir Al-Ghassani, King of Damascus

"In the Name of All‚h, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

From Muhammad, Messenger of All‚h to Al-Harith bin Abi Shamir.

Peace be upon him who follows true guidance, believes in it and regards it as true. I invite you to believe in All‚h Alone with no associate, thenceafter your kingdom will remain yours."

Shuja' bin Wahab had the honour of taking the letter to Harith, who upon hearing the letter read in his audience, was madly infuriated and uttered: "Who dares to disposs me of my country, Iíll fight him (the Prophet)," and arrogantly rejected the Prophetís invitation to the fold of Islam. [Za'd Al-Ma'ad 3/62; Muhadarat Tareekh Al-Umam Al-Islamiyah 1/146]