By John Burton

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

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The Companion, 'Abdallih b. Qays, sought an interview with the caliph 'Umar. He was not, however, allowed to enter, the ruler being at that moment too busy to be interrupted. h's voice? Bringhim. in', but was told, 'He's gone'. 'Umar summoned him. and 'Abdallah said, '1 was just doing wbat we were ordered to do'. 'Umar demanded proof of what 'Abdallah had said. So 'Abdallah called on a group of the Ansilr to whom he explained his predicament. They said, 'None shall be sent to confirm your statement but the very youngest among us'.

The following year, the Muslims were led back ta Makka ta perform the 'umra provided for in the treaty. It is called in the sources 'umrat al-qacja', 'the "made-up" 'umra', or 'umrat al-qacjiyya, 'the 'umra mentioned in the treaty', according ta whether the scholars viewed it as the obligatory 'making-up' of the abortive 'umra of the previous year, or merely the fulfilment of a politically negotiated bargain. That it spited the Makkans is also one interpretation of the alternative name, 'umrat al-qi$d$(the tit-for-tat 'umra).

Arriving at Yathrib with the guarantees won by his tireless negotiations, he began 8 THE MISSION OF THE PROPHET in his new surroundings on reasonably satisfactory political ground. The early decrees which he had issued had included the Jewish clans in the political undertakings by which he had bound the numerous clans to his own émigré group. The recognition of the traditions of the clans included, in the case of the Jews, freedom to continue their religious practices. If, in addition to these political undertakings, Muhammad entertained hopes that in the religious aspect of his activity he would soon be joined and supported by the Jews when they saw the similarities between his beliefs and their own, he was soon to be disabused.

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