Muadh ibn Jabal was a young boy when Muhammad started preaching the message of Islam. He is a native of Medina and was there during most of the time of Muhammad. He was noted for his intelligence, quick wit, potency in speech, and for his prominent standing between people. He is described as a very attractive looking individual with dark eyes and eye lashes. His teeth were extremely white and his hair was afro like in its curliness. Most books when referring to his physical appearance say that the person looking at him would be stunned by his good looks.
Amr had a magnificent idol carved of wood which was similar to the one of all the other noble men, except for the fact that he took explicit care of it in every way. He used to clothe it with silk and paint it with the best smelling extracts one could find. The name of his Idol was Manah, and he honored it more than anything in the world.
Muadh spotted the idol and under the cover of darkness he and his posse took the idol from its place. Amr woke up that morning and as he always did he prepared to go and paint the idol with some more beautiful smelling extracts. When he reached the storage place of his idol he was shocked to see that it was missing. He spent most of the day looking for his idol until he found it behind the houses of Banu Salamah. It was planted face first in the middle of the hole into which the tribe stuffed refuse and human waste. He was deeply offended by this and said "Woe to you he who dare attack our lord in the middle of the night!" and after taking it out, cleaning it, purifying it, dressing it, and painting it with perfumes he said to it "Oh Manah, if I only knew who did this to you, I would humiliate him everywhere."
The next night the boys did the same thing but this time planting it firmly in another family's septic hole. Amr woke up and to his shock the idol was missing again. He searched everywhere until he found it in the septic hole and then he took it out repeated the process of purifying and then warned the idol to watch for people that would do this to it again. When the process recurred the next night, he cleaned the idol and told it "Oh Manah, I have nothing in my power to protect you with so take this sword and if you are of any worth you will protect your self." While saying that he hung a sword by a rope around the neck of the idol and left. That night the posse came and took the sword, tied it to the neck of a dead dog, tied the dog to the idol, and dumped the idol head first into a septic hole. When Amr woke up, he searched for his idol and found it tied to the dog, headfirst in a waste hole. He said "Obviously, you are worth nothing and not a god because if you were you would not be tied up to a dead dog and put headfirst into a septic hole." After this he went and declared his Islam and became a very prominent Muslim.
Muhammad said that this man is the most knowledgeable of his nation in the matters of Halal and Haraam. He was also one of the six called Kutab al-Wahi who compiled the Qur'an under the authority of Muhammad. This means he was one of the six he put extreme trust into because Muhammad was illiterate and could not read what they wrote.
The six were
Muhammad is quoted by Sunnis as saying :
Sahih al-Bukhari says ():