The accounts concerning the conversion of Abu Dharr al-Ghifari might not
be considered to be of much historical value, but nevertheless they may interest the student of the history of religion as an example of the methodology followed by some of the earlier traditionists of Islam. Abu Dharr was the fifth, or even the fourth convert to Islam is, as Noldeke maintains, an invention of the faction of ‘Ali, who set great store by early conversion and service under Mohammed. Nevertheless, we believe that he was an early convert because he was one of the Suorters of the rohet. The new feature in this book is the collection in abridged form of all the hadith ascribed to Abu Dharr al-Ghifari and of all the accounts concerning him. Student of religion may welcome this as a critical aaratus.
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