By Lesley Hazleton
In this gripping narrative heritage, Lesley Hazleton tells the tragic tale on the center of the continuing competition among the Sunni and Shia branches of Islam, a rift that dominates the scoop now greater than ever.
Even as Muhammad lay loss of life, the conflict over who might take keep watch over of the recent Islamic country had all started, starting a succession hindrance marked by way of energy grabs, assassination, political intrigue, and passionate faith. Soon Islam used to be embroiled in civil struggle, pitting its founder's debatable spouse Aisha opposed to his son-in-law Ali, and shattering Muhammad’s excellent of unity.
Combining meticulous examine with compelling storytelling, After the Prophet explores the unstable intersection of faith and politics, psychology and tradition, and historical past and present occasions. it truly is an essential advisor to the intensity and tool of the Shia–Sunni split.
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But when you won't, then because the Quran says, ‘We reject you with no contrast, for God doesn't love the treacherous. ’ ” because the remainder of the mosque rose in uproar over the belief of Ali as a traitor to Islam, Wahb declared that the total of Kufa was once mired in a country of jahiliya, the pagan darkness that had reigned sooner than the appearance of Islam. “Let us exit, my brothers, from this position of depraved people,” he acknowledged, and exit they did, a few 3 thousand powerful. Fifty miles north of Kufa they validated a brand new payment at the Tigris at Nahrawan. It was once to be a haven of purity, Wahb introduced, a beacon of righteousness in a corrupt global. He and his males have been to be the 1st Islamic fundamentalists. They referred to as themselves the Rejectionists—khariji, which means “those who exit. ” The reference was once to the word “those who cross forth to serve God’s reason” in Sura nine of the Quran, that's aptly titled “Repentance. ” they'd obvious the sunshine and repented, and with the absolutism of the newly penitent, they dedicated themselves to the letter of the Quran and to the exclusion of its spirit. we're holier than thou, they have been asserting, purer than the natural. And as is the way in which with such righteousness, they took their zeal for purity over the edge into all-out fanaticism. something that fell wanting their normal of religion used to be not anything below apostasy and needed to be ruthlessly rooted out lest it contaminate the righteous. They started to terrorize the geographical region round Nahrawan, filing everybody they stuck to a type of mini Inquisition. If the solutions did not fulfill their inflexible criteria, the punishment was once loss of life. issues got here to a head after they selected the farmer son of an early better half of Muhammad’s as their sufferer. a few them had ridden into his village for provides and made up our minds to make an instance of him. for the reason that his father have been between those that had warned opposed to taking facets prior to the conflict of the Camel, they posed a loaded query. “Did your father now not inform you that the Prophet informed him: ‘There may be a fitna within which the center of a guy will die as does his physique, and while you are alive then, be now not the slayer, however the slain’? Did he now not say that? ” That used to be certainly what the Prophet had informed his father, the farmer spoke back, at the same time he trembled in worry, for it used to be transparent refusal to take their aspect was once the maximum betrayal within the eyes of those males and that he himself was once approximately to be now not the slayer however the slain. but as they closed in round him, he took a courageous final stand. “Ali is aware way more of God than you do,” he acknowledged. With that, he sealed his destiny. Ali used to be an apostate in Rejectionist eyes, and somebody who submitted to the rule of thumb of an apostate used to be himself to blame of apostasy, and his lifestyles forfeit. They leaped at the farmer, tied him up, and dragged him along with his pregnant spouse underneath the seriously weighted down date arms of an orchard subsequent to the river. the main points of what occurred subsequent are tellingly distinctive. At one element, a date fell to the floor, and one of many Rejectionists picked it up and placed it in his mouth.