Mobilization of the army
Part Two : Battle of al-Jamal
Ali's army at the az-Zawiyah halting-place
An account of the war prisoners
Ammar speaks with 'A'ishah and her army commanders
The final battle begins
The combat of 'Abd Allah and al-Ashtar
The ill-omened results of the battle of al-Jamal
Part Three : The myth of 'Abd Allah ibn Saba'
A word from Mahmud Abu Rayh1
In the name of God, the almighty Some individuals, who consider themselves men of learning, imagine that they haveattained a high degree of knowledge. They take for granted that the history of Islam,especially that part which is related to the early periods of this faith, is altogether correctand wholly free from doubt and ambiguity.Such persons, who should be called unlettered simpletons, imagine that the narrators of Islamic history have been without exception chaste, truthful and trustworthy individuals. They therefore believe everything that is narrated about that period and arefully convinced about all the contents of well known books of tradition and history, whereas these book contain all kinds of subject matter including 1. The great Egyptianscholar, ash-Shaykh Mahmud Abu Rayh, has written such valuable books on the survey of tradition as "Adwa' 'ala as-sunnat al-Muhammadiyah", and "ash-Shaykh al-Mudayrah" the like of which is not seen among other Sunni scholars. He has beeninfluenced by the facts stated in that book after studying its Arabic copy in 1381 of theHijrah and has written the above article. May God reward this great man for hisendeavors in the way of truth.even superstitious and unacceptable points in such a way that they offer little that isright and true and much that is wrong and untrue. The assurance of such simple personsconcerning the traditions and other topics of those books has reached a point where thatthey may accuse anyone who expresses doubt about truth of one of these traditions andpoints of iniquity and excommunicate them.