There fell upon Islam the hush of an intolerable knowledge, and in the first blankness of realisation they were dumb and passive. When the army at Jorf was apprised of the news, it broke up at once and returned to Medina.
But Mahomet maintained his choice. He was given the battle banner by the Prophet himself, and the expedition sallied forth to Jorf, where it was delayed and finally hastily recalled by news of a grave and most disturbing nature. Even as he blessed the Syrian expedition and sent it on its road, Mahomet was in no fit state of health for public duties.