Muhammad's Cloak Analysis

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The significance of Muhammad’s cloak is integral to the division of Shia and the Sunni religious sects. The cloak is a symbol of family unity, which signifies the importance of Muhammad’s bloodline in regards to the Islamic faith, and who is and should be the true messengers of God. There is more than one story where Muhammad utilized the cloak in order to establish that he was the Paraclete or Comforter and a messenger of the Prophet Allah. The Event of the Cloak was the gathering of the Prophet Mohammad’s Ahl or family at his daughters Fatima’s home. Upon his arrival to her home, he asks for his cloak and as each family members arrived at the home of Ali and Fatima, they are greeted. Each family member questions Fatima about the sweet smell that permeates the room and they are told the Prophet Muhammad was under the cloak. At which time Ali, Hassan, Hussein, and Muhammad’s daughter Fatima individually asked for and received permission from to Muhammad under the cloak. Mohammad then prayed to the Allah:
Their flesh is my flesh and their blood is my blood.
Whoever hurts them, hurts me too.
Whoever displeases them, displeased me too.
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Lesley Hazleton in her book After the Prophet presents a differing version and her rendition is not titled the “event of the cloak” but she refers to the participants as the “people of the cloak.” Similarities abound in regards to the importance of the Prophet Muhammad’s lineage. Hazleton’s version begins with an incident referred to as the Affair of the Necklace. The incident involved Muhammad’s favorite and youngest wife Aisha and a fierce Median warrior who found Aisha alone in the desert and waiting for the return of someone from her caravan. Aisha had not been noticed missing from the caravan, so the warrior escorted her to

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