By Lesley Hazleton
In this gripping narrative background, Lesley Hazleton tells the tragic tale on the middle of the continuing contention among the Sunni and Shia branches of Islam, a rift that dominates the scoop now greater than ever.
Even as Muhammad lay demise, the conflict over who may take regulate of the hot Islamic kingdom had began, starting a succession hindrance marked through energy grabs, assassination, political intrigue, and passionate faith. Soon Islam was once embroiled in civil warfare, pitting its founder's debatable spouse Aisha opposed to his son-in-law Ali, and shattering Muhammad’s perfect of unity.
Combining meticulous learn with compelling storytelling, After the Prophet explores the unstable intersection of faith and politics, psychology and tradition, and heritage and present occasions. it really is an quintessential consultant to the intensity and tool of the Shia–Sunni split.
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With virtually deliciously hypocritical righteousness, he suggested Othman to stick the direction and never be intimidated, notwithstanding fallacious he will be. “To persist in wrongdoing for you can ask God’s forgiveness,” he stated piously, “is higher than penitence pressured through worry. ” And in demonstration of his aspect, he went out to the insurgent encampment and let out with a tirade that appeared designed basically to impress. “What is the problem with you that you simply gather as if for plunder? ” he yelled. “May your faces be disfigured! you've got come desirous to wrest our estate from our palms. Be off from us! by way of God, if that's what you will have, you won't compliment the end result. return the place you belong, for we will no longer be disadvantaged of what's ours. ” It used to be a degree of Ali’s good fortune in urging restraint that Marwan was once pushed off via curses rather than arrows, yet such restraint couldn't final, and Ali knew it. He controlled to warn Othman. Marwan was once making it most unlikely for him to behave successfully as a mediator, he stated, and he may take no accountability for what could take place if Othman didn't positioned his foot down and rein in his cousin. however the Caliph might listen not anything of it, now not even if his favourite spouse, Naila, seconded Ali, attempting to make her husband see the risk of Marwan’s recommendation. was once it loyalty to relations, or used to be he fairly in his dotage? not anyone knew, and by way of now it rarely mattered. 3 days later, whilst Othman subsequent seemed within the pulpit of the mosque for fri. prayers, he was once greeted by way of jeers and catcalls. One revered elder had even introduced alongside props for emphasis. “Look,” he shouted at Othman, “we’ve introduced you a decrepit she-camel, in addition to a striped wool cloak and an iron collar. Get down from the pulpit in order that we will wrap you within the cloak, positioned the collar on you, and positioned you at the camel. Then we ’ll hold you off to the Mount of Smoke”—the major rubbish unload of Medina, smoldering with decomposing trash—“and depart you there. ” And with that, to force the message domestic, the gang started to fling pebbles on the pulpit, a hail of them aiming not easy and actual, impressive the getting older Caliph and knocking him subconscious. For the Caliph to be stoned subconscious, and within the mosque itself? This was once absolutely full-scale uprising, a call for participation to the cruelest of reprisals, as Marwan had advised. but at the same time he was once convalescing from the stoning, Othman steadfastly refused to reserve using strength. no matter what his sins, he stated, he was once a religious Muslim, and as such, he was firm that no Muslim blood be shed at his order. but with equivalent selection, he refused to renounce. possibly he relatively didn't grab the level of what used to be occurring, or maybe he really did think that he used to be the deputy now not of Muhammad yet of God. He hadn’t definitely the right to renounce, he maintained. “I can't take off the gowns during which God has dressed me. ” And with this, he signed his loss of life warrant. The query was once who may write that warrant, for it did certainly exist. It took the shape of what got here to be referred to as the key Letter, mendacity in wait to be came upon simply whilst it appeared as if the predicament have been defused and open clash prevented.