Lit. “A hen pigeon.” The son of Abu Jahl ibn Hisham. A “companion” of the Prophet. He embraced Islam after the final taking of Makkah. For some years he and his father, Abu Jahl, were determined opponents of Islam. He was one of the heroes of the Quraish at the battle of Bade, and commanded the left wing of the Quraish army at Uhud. He opposed the Prophet’s advance on Mekkah, and on defeat fled to Jiddah, intending to escape to Africa, but he was brought back by his wife to Makkah, and received pardon from Muhammad, and embraced Islam. He became one of Abu Bakr’s generals, and died in his reign.
Based on Hughes, Dictionary of Islam