Ghadir Khumm

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Place between Mecca and Medina where the Prophet Muhammad is reported to have pronounced Ali ibn Abi Talib the mawla (patron, master) of those for whom Muhammad was patron. Shiis interpret this statement as an affirmation of Ali's rightful position to lead the Muslim community after the Prophet, and annually celebrate the incident on the eighteenth of Dhul-Hijjah. Sunnis, however, view the Prophet's words as merely one of many expressions of his Companions' merits and note that this confirmation of the Prophet's esteem was needed to dissipate the ill feelings and accusations arising from Ali's strict handling of Yemeni booty immediately before.

See also Ghadir Festival

Subjects: Islam.

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