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The Mothers of the Believers in the Hadith

Barbara Freyer Stowasser

in Women in the Qur'an, Traditions, and Interpretation

Published in print February 1997 | ISBN: 9780195111484
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853397 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195111484.003.0010
The Mothers of the Believers in the Hadith

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The first generation of Muslims surely heralded the Prophet's manner and way of life as an example they want to follow, because he was God's chosen one in their midst and the appointed leader to whom they had pledge loyalty and allegiance. The view of the Prophet's peerlessness expanded and strengthened after his death when successful wars and conquests led to the birth of a huge Muslim empire. Later generation of Muslims came to see the Prophet in terms of a personal infallibility that has been perceived by his companions in Mecca and Medina. The Hadith is both a proof of record of what Muhammad actually stated and did and what his community in the first two centuries. Thus, the Hadith has been referred to “a guide to understanding the historical Muhammad as well as a guide to understanding the evolution of Muslim piety....”

Keywords: Hadith; Mecca; Medina; Muhammad; Prophet; Muslims

Chapter.  8094 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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