17.2 On Entering Medina
The body of Muslims entered Medina a day ahead of the captives. When the captives were brought in, the Prophet distributed them among his Companions and charged them to treat them well, until it was decided what was to be done with them. During this period of respite, the Muslims dispersed to their own homes. The captives, who feared the severity of Umar sent for Abu Bakr to plead with him to speak for them saying that they were his kin and of his clan. Surely he would not let them be killed. They persuaded him to speak to the Messenger on their behalf.