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Ghadir Khumm - Ghadir Khumm We performed the obligatory...

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GHADIR KHUMM (from Shi’i Islam, Moojan Momen) It was during the last year of the Prophet’s life that, according to Shi’is, he confirmed `Ali’s position as his successor. The occasion was the Farewell Pilgrimage when the Prophet performed the pilgrimage to Mecca for the last time. Having completed the rites of the pilgrimage, the Prophet set out on the return journey to Medina, accompanied by a large concourse of the Muslims, including all of his leading disciples. At a place called Ghadir Khumm, Muhammad caused the caravan to be stopped and from an improvised pulpit, delivered an address. Once again, the principal Sunni and Shi`i sources show no disagreement over the facts of the episode. The following is the account given in Ibn Hanbal, a Sunni collection of hadith : We were with the Apostle of God in his journey and we stopped at
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Unformatted text preview: Ghadir Khumm. We performed the obligatory prayer together and a place was swept for the Apostle under two trees and he performed the mid-day prayer. And then he took `Ali by the hand and said to the people: ‘Do you not acknowledge that I have a greater claim on each of the believers than they have on themselves?’ And they replied: ‘Yes!’ And he took `Ali’s hand and said: ‘Of whomsoever I am Lord, then `Ali is also his Lord. O God! Be Thou the supporter of whoever supports `Ali and the enemy of whoever opposes him.’ And `Umar met him [`Ali] after this and said to him: ‘Congratulations, O son of Abu Talib! Now morning and evening [i.e. forever] you are the master of every believing man and woman.’...
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