'Come let us curse each other and lay the curse of Allah on those that lie.'
Finally they agreed to pay the poll-tax which all non-Muslims had to give.1
This event is referred to in the following verses of the Qur'an: 2
Verily, Jesus is as Adam in the sight of God. He created him of dust; He then
said to him, 'Beand he was.'
The truth is from thy Lord. Be not thou, therefore, of those who doubt.
As for those who dispute with thee about Him, after the knowledge 3
hath come to thee, say, 'Come, let us summon our sons and your sons, our wives
and your wives, and ourselves and yourselves. Then will we invoke and lay the
curse of God on those who lie.' Sura Al-'Imran (iii) 52-4.
The idea of settling the matter by imprecation was a curious one, but it
shows how strong the conviction of the truth of his own position was in the mind
of Muhammad. Some Jewish tribes also submitted, and promised to give regularly
the tax required of them. Muhammad then returned home from this his last
expedition and reached Madina at the close of the year A.D. 630.
Whilst some of the Muslims now at Madina and many of the Bedouins held back,
the more earnest Muslims had been very eager to aid in the war against the
Christian Syrians and the disaffected Arab tribes, but carriage and supplies