In the opening of Egypt, during the war of Muslims against the Romans, the leader of the Romans invited ‘Amru bin Al ‘As for a negotiation in the fortress of Babylon. He had given orders to some of his men to throw a rock above him when he (‘Amru) departed from the fortress. He had prepared everything so that the killing of ‘Amru is certain. ‘Amru, without any suspicion, entered upon the leader. Their meeting adjourned.
When he was on the way to leave the fortress, he noticed a suspicious movement above the wall of the fortress, a movement with great stealth. Immediately he acted in his well known shrewdness. He returned to the leader of the fortress calmly and confidently as though nothing scares him and the situation did not raise his suspicions at all.
‘Amru entered upon the leader and said to him, “An idea came to me and I would like to inform you about it. Verily with me – where my friends are – a group from the followers of the messenger of Allah peace be upon him are the best in Islam. The Caliph will not make any decision until he has consulted them and will not send an army of the Muslim armies except they are entrusted to be the leaders of the army. I thought of bringing them to you so that they can hear what I have heard and they understand what I have understood.
The leader of the Romans thought that ‘Amru has given him an opportunity of a lifetime ..!! He agreed to his suggestion, so that he (‘Amru) goes and returns with him the leaders of the Muslims, the best of them and their leaders. And he will kill all of them instead of killing only ‘Amru. Unexpectedly, he ordered to delay the plan that had been prepared to kill ‘Amru.
The Roman leader bade ‘Amru with a warm goodbye and a strong handshake. He awaits for ‘Amru to go and return with his eminent friends. In the morning, ‘Amru returned at the head of the army to the fortress, riding his horse. And with him were brave soldiers who attacked the fortress forcefully, occupied it, and it was destined that they won against the Romans. Thus the Muslims conquered Egypt.