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The Various Occasions Related to Hadith al­Thaqalayn

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 The various narrations of Hadith al­Thaqalayn also indicate the occasion on which the Prophet (S) proclaimed it publicly. `Allamah `Abd al-`Aziz Tabataba'i, who has studied the various narrations of Hadith al-Thaqalayn as recorded by various traditionists mentions four occasions on which the Prophet (S) proclaimed it publicly. First of these is the occasion when the Prophet (S) proclaimed it during his last hajj at `Arafat. On this occasion, the Prophet (S) was accompanied by more than a hundred thousand Muslims. The second occasion relates to his proclamation at Ghadir Khumm, during the course of his return journey to Madinah. The third occasion relates to his proclamation in the Mosque of Madinah. The fourth one relates to his pronouncement of Hadith al­Thaqalayn in his chamber during his last illness. All these occasions lie within a period of ninety days and pertain to the Prophet's last days.

There are, however, many narrations of the hadith - in fact, most of them - which do not contain any clue about the time and place of its pronouncement. In the following are given instances of the narrations of Hadith al­Thaqalayn relating to each of these occasions, accompanied by the sources which record them. [1]

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 [1]. See al­Sayyid `Abd al­'Aziz al­Tabataba'i "Ahl al­Bayt (A) fi al­maktabat al­`Arabiyyah," Turathuna, No. 15 (4th year, 2nd issue), pp. 84 - 93.

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