After the Prophet's [s] death, the history of Muslims entered into a very dark period of time. History tells us how the rights of Sayyida Fatima [a] right were usurped - especially in Fadak - and how Imam 'Ali [a] was dragged to the masjid to pay allegiance.
History tells us how the house of Sayyida Zahra [a] was set on fire by those who yesterday pretended not to believe in her father's death. Yes, history tells us how the Prophet [s] died and with him died his repeated warnings to those who would oppress his family members.
Islam is one of the major world religions. Every fifth person on the face of this earth is a Muslim. Muslims are found in the Middle East, in north, west and east Africa, in Asia and Eastern Europe. In modern times, Muslims are found in large numbers in Western Europe, the Americas and Australia through immigration as well as conversion. Recent statistics show that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the USA. With the vast world turning into a "global village," such a wide-spread religion followed by over a billion people indeed deserves a careful study