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Abu Bakr Versus Fatima (a.s.)

Adopted from the book : "Fatima; the Gracious" by : "Abu Muhammad Ordoni"

Fatima the only surviving child of the Prophet, his most beloved claimed inheritance of the Property which could be apportioned to her in the lands of Medina and in Khaibar, as also Fadak, which having been acquired without the use of force, the Prophet (P.B.U.H) had given her for her maintenance, in accordance with the commands of Allah.59 Yet, Fadak became an arena for political games when Abu Bakr refused to transfer it to Fatima. It is appropriate here to speak about Fadak before clarifying the corresponding events which occurred in its regard:

Fadak was a village located at a two day walking distance from Medina. Apparently, it was inhabited by Jews who refused to submit to Islam at the beginning, but when the later realized the might of the Muslims, especially after they-led by Ali Ibn Abu Talib conquered Khaibar, the Jews decided to yield to the Messenger of Allah (P.B.U.H) without fighting. So he (P.B.U.H) took possession of the village.

The village was valued at 100,000 dirhams by Umar's appraisers when he expelled its inhabitants to Syria. Umar took possession of the village and paid half of the price to the Jews.

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59. The last several pages have been produced from the book: The Early History of Islam by Sayyid Safdar Hussain.

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