After the Prophet migrated from Makkah to Madinah, the opponents of his mission in Makkah did not rest content. They tried their best to nip Islam in the bud in its new abode in Madinah. Thus, they engaged the Prophet and his Companions in battle in the year 624 AD. The battle ended in defeat for the Makkans.
Seventy Makkans were captured at the Battle of Badr and were brought to Madinah. Suhayl ibn Amr was one of them. The Prophet was told that Suhayl was a fiery speaker, who would make fiery speeches to incite people against him. “Why not pluck his teeth out?” it was suggested. This may disfigure him and dampen his oratorical zeal. “If I disfigure him,” the Prophet replied, “then God will disfigure me on the Day of Judgment, even though I am a prophet.”
The Prophet then divided the prisoners up into various homes of the Muslims, and told all concerned to treat them well. Abu Aziz, who was one of the prisoners, says that the Muslim household in which he was kept would give him bread morning and evening, and themselves make do with dates.