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By John Burton

ISBN-10: 0748603506

ISBN-13: 9780748603503

ISBN-10: 0748604359

ISBN-13: 9780748604357

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. this can be 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 elements of the Hadith in transparent and available phrases.

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It has also been suggested that the astute merchants had feared the diminution of additional revenues that had accrued to the town from the annual influx of pilgrims to Makka's ancient temple and the surrounding shrines, with a corresponding reduction in the transactions at the trade fairs associated with the sacred period, should Mubammad's denunciation of their goddesses and religious rites lead to the abandonment of the old religion and its cult. Mubammad's severe reaction to the opposition of the Yathrib Jews marks the outward sign of his final dissociation with their tradition, which he had not been able to exploit.

Makka and its inhabitants could not have survived if its merchants, bankers and investors had not had the courage to take risks with their capital. Without its energy and the deserved rewards of hard work, Makka would not have enjoyed the high reputation that its citizens had won among the Arabs. To criticise these efforts and their results was nothing but ingratitude. Muhammad's talk was dangerous and simply fed the dissatisfaction of the feckless and the less enterprising, as witness his pemicious notion that those who believed in him were all equal in the eyes of his God.

46 Mul:tammad's immediate followers were portrayed as constantly observing, endlessly discussing, avid for every scrap of information which they regarded as indispensable to the salvation of their immortal souls. No act, no word of this remarkable man who was in regular receipt of Heavenly guidance and direction had been thought too trivial to be stored away in the human memory, discussed with one's family at home and with one's colleagues in the 19 AN INTRODUCTION TO THE HADÏTH market or in the mosque, repeated time and time again and pondered for every ounce of significance that could be gleaned from it.

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