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13 towards northwards Damascus, (634) incautiously pushed he found his communications cut near the Sea of Tiberias, and thereupon fled panic-stricken, leaving his camp to the enemy. The retreating Arabs were rallied by Ikrima, who had already distinguished himself in the Hadramaut, and Abu Bekr sent such large reinforcements that the army of Syria became the main army of Islam, as compared with the weak force entrusted to Khalid. We read that XLVI ISLAM UNDER FIRST FOUR CALIPHS 29 " " in there were more than one thousand Companions its ranks.

The Moslem heroes " Garden of Death," leapt down among them, and the as it was termed from the never was forgotten. slaughter, In the slaughter, which was terrible on both sides, the in the first HISTORY OF PERSIA 28 Moslems lost 1200 men, among whom were thirty-nine " Comwarriors bearing the honoured title of Ashab or " of the Prophet. This was the crowning victory, panions within a year of Mohamed's once death, peace reigned again in Arabia, every district of which had been visited by the irresistible columns of Abu Bekr.

Massacre all the men, but in the end they were permitted to leave Medina after being stripped of their property. As they were goldsmiths and armourers by occupation departure did not furnish landed property to the their Moslems. H. 3 (625), and the Expulsion of Beni Nazir. H. 3 (625) a Kureish force without vicissitudes. the 3000 strong, burning to avenge the defeat at Badr, attacked the Moslem army, which only mustered 1000 men, at Ohod, outside Medina. As at Badr, the Moslems had the advantage in the single combats, but in the general hand-to-hand contest which ensued, the superior numbers of the Kureish won the day.

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