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By John Burton

ISBN-10: 0748604359

ISBN-13: 9780748604357

The Hadith are believed to be the phrases of the Prophet, memorised by way of his fans and written down within the first or moment centuries AH. this can be a transparent advent to the arguments surrounding either the Hadith and the records themselves. evaluating the perspectives recommend within the Hadith with these of the Qur'an, it takes the coed via all elements of the Hadith in transparent and available phrases.

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53 A further characteristic of the I:Iadith to which it is by no means 22 THE ISLAMIC TRADITION fanciful to draw attention is that there is a verse in the Holy Quran which wams the believers to order their slaves and minors that they must not enter a room without fust seeking permission to do so at three particular times: 'before the dawn prayer; when you undress at noon; and following the night prayer- three times when you are uncovered'. 54 Thus, if someone says that the Prophet had said that the Muslim must seek permission three times, he would be perfectly truthful, although the Abu Sa'ïd story can be seen to have generalised this instruction and taken it out of its context.

He was, however, now to be replaced by a new chief who had never hidden his hostility to Muhammad, whom he regarded as an incorrigible and dangerous impostor. God moves in a mysterious way. Shortly after suffering this double tragic loss, Muhammad found himself being approached by representatives of several clans from a township to the north who bad arrived to participate in the religions ri tuais associated with the annual pilgrimage to the ancient temple of Makka. east heard of, his passionately-held beliefs, these men thought that they might find in Muhammad a solution to their political and civil disorder.

Their treaties would run for their appointed duration but, on the expiry of the holy months, that is 1 after sorne seven weeks only, all other Arabs should consider that a state of war existed between them and Muhammad. From that point on, only adoption of the religious principles and practices of Islam would save them. Excluded from this ultimatum were those with whom Muhammad had exchanged treaties at Makka, as long as they faithfully fulfilled the terms. If they did that and if they assumed the religious duties of the Muslims, the prophet would regard them as 'brothers-in-religion'.

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