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Ahl al- Kisāʾ
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, the people of the cloak. According to a tradition Muḥammad went out one morning—at the time of the visit of the Nad̲j̲rān delegation in 10/631 [cf. mubāhala ]—wearing a figured black cloak; first Fāṭima, then ʿAlī and then al-Ḥasan and al-Ḥusayn came and he took them under his cloak, hugging them and quoting from Ḳurʾān, xxxiii, 32: “God only desireth to put away filthiness from you as his household, and with cleansing to cleanse you”. The Sunnīs explains filthiness as unbelief but the Shīʿa explain it as intercourse with the impure …

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Tritton, A.S., “Ahl al-Kisāʾ”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 24 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_0382>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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