By Sheikh Idris Watts
His name was ‘Amr. He loved to drink sour buttermilk (Māḍir). He was known for his wisdom and was the first to practice the art of singing to the camels on their journeys. One day he fell from his camel and broke his hand and he screamed out: “My hand! My hand!” And the camels all came to him from the grazing ground. It is also related that it was one of his servants that fell and broke his hand. He was well known for his beautiful voice. No one saw him except they loved him.
It is related that the Messenger of Allāh, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
لا تسبوا مضر فإنه كان قد أسلم
“Do not insult Muḍar for he accepted Islam.”
 This art is encouraged. It is said that if one sings to one’s camel, one can cover a three day journey in one.
 A tradition related by Ibn Sa’d
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