By Percy Molesworth Sykes
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In the end, however, Abd-al-Rahman was permitted to make the choice. For long he wavered between Ali and Othman, but Othman's finally declared the latter to be the Caliph. reign lasted for twelve years, but from the outset it was clear that he did not possess the necessary qualities for Even under dealing effectively with a difficult situation. the iron rule of Omar it was impossible to curb the insubordinate spirit shown by the Arabs of Kufa and his death The Basra. Kureish best hope lay in maintaining the prestige of powerful instrument was weakened through the impolicy of Othman, who favoured his own branch, the Omayyad, with the result that the influence of the Kureish was paralysed by divisions which were widened by lapse of time.
Impossible to follow him to it without sympathy and His farewell to the appreciation of his achievements. " of Mecca ends Lord I with the exclamation, people O ! H. (632). Shortly after his return from Mecca, Mohamed was seized with fever, and for some days suffered severely. One morning, as Abu Bekr was leading the prayers, the congregation was delighted by the appearance of the Prophet, who spoke to the people after the service. But this was a last effort, and the exhaustion it occasioned brought on his death.
Massacre all the men, but in the end they were permitted to leave Medina after being stripped of their property. As they were goldsmiths and armourers by occupation departure did not furnish landed property to the their Moslems. H. 3 (625), and the Expulsion of Beni Nazir. H. 3 (625) a Kureish force without vicissitudes. the 3000 strong, burning to avenge the defeat at Badr, attacked the Moslem army, which only mustered 1000 men, at Ohod, outside Medina. As at Badr, the Moslems had the advantage in the single combats, but in the general hand-to-hand contest which ensued, the superior numbers of the Kureish won the day.
A History of Persia (Vol.2) by Percy Molesworth Sykes