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Children of Isaac or Ishmael? a critical examination of Abu Hurayrah’s narration on the conquest of Constantinople

Mohammed Salim , Al-Amari and Fauzi , Deraman and Bensaid, Benouda (2012) Children of Isaac or Ishmael? a critical examination of Abu Hurayrah’s narration on the conquest of Constantinople. Middle East Journal of Scientific Research (MEJSR), 11 ( (9)). pp. 1266-1271. ISSN 1990-9233

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In his Sahih, Imam Muslim narrated that Abu Hurayrah spoke about the conquest of Constantinople based on a prophetic tradition attributed to the Prophet Muhammad in which he said: “The Hour will not rise until seventy thousand people from among the descents of Isaac conquer Constantinople.” Some Hadith interpreters were confused on the use of “Sons of Isaac” arguing that the true phrase must be “The Sons of Ishmael” instead. This they argued is inferred from other Prophetic traditions who describe the army conquering Constantinople as being from the city of the Prophet, the Medina which implies that the conquering army is rather Arabs, the descent of Ishmael. In this paper we seek to discuss this confusion and clarify the points of dispute around the proper understanding of this tradition. Our inquiry shows the confusion is only superficial and there is no conflict between these different traditions. Such a result implies the unnecessary undermining of the position of Imam Muslim in his hadith collection. This research discusses the doubt some Hadith commentators of Sahih Muslim find and their conclusion that the memory of some Hadith narrators skipped a word. We shall highlight the context of the Hadith, examine the question of doubt and position, discuss the scholarly views on this question and see what preferable and most reasonable answer should solve the question under study

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 6450/27780
Uncontrolled Keywords: Constantinople,descents of Isaac, descents of Ishmael,Medina conquest, hadis, Abu Hurayrah
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP173.2 Sources of Islam
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of General Studies
Depositing User: Dr Benaouda Bensaid
Date Deposited: 24 Dec 2012 15:11
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2014 13:45
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/27780

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