Even before his Prophethood, the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) was concerned about his fellow men and stood up against injustice and inequality. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) with some other fair minded men once met at the house of ‘Abdullah ibn and made a promise that they would unite and protect the rights of the weak and the needy. The Arabs called this agreement “ilf al-Fudoul".
Twenty years after the Prophethood, he (peace be upon him) said: “I was present at the house of Abdullah ibn at the time of the pledge. I am not prepared to break my promise, even if I were to be given a hundred red camels. If somebody should appeal to me today, by virtue of that pledge, I would hurry to his help."
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) felt honoured for being able to participate in an alliance that was formed on the basis of establishing justice. He wanted to demonstrate that oppression and injustice is unacceptable, whether the person wronged is a Muslim or Non-Muslim, whether black or white, rich or poor.