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Ṭalḥa b. ʿUbaydallāh
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Ṭalḥa b. ʿUbaydallāh, a prominent early Companion of Muḥammad, is considered to have been among the first eight converts to Islam and one of the ten mubashshara to whom the Prophet promised Paradise. He belonged to the Banū ʿAmr b. Kaʿb, the leading clan of the Taym b. Murra of the Quraysh, and was a second-degree cousin of Abū Bakr, with whom he was already closely associated before the advent of Islam. Abū Bakr, who was some twenty years his elder, may have trained him in the caravan trade in Syria, a business he later pursued successfully.

By his own account, he first learned of the adve…

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Madelung, Wilferd, “Ṭalḥa b. ʿUbaydallāh”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 16 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_24765>
First published online: 2014
First print edition: 9789004269637, 2014, 2014-4

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