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M.Besant E.Walter
Jerusalem, the city of Herod and Saladin

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M.Besant E.Walter
Jerusalem, the city of Herod and Saladin
page 92



a mosque designed expressly for the accommodation of a large congregation, assembled for public worship, and resembling in its architectural details the celebrated mosques of Constantinople or elsewhere. The erection of the Cubbet es Sakhrah, Jâm'i el Aksa, and the restoration of the temple area by 'Abd el Melik, are recorded in a magnificent Cufic inscription in mosaic, running round the colonnade of the first-mentioned building. The name of Abd el Melik has been purposely erased, and that of Abdallah el Mamun fraudulently substituted ; but the shortsighted forger has omitted to erase the date, as well as the name of the original founder, and the inscription still remains a contemporary record of the munificence of 'Abd el Melik. The translation is as follows :— ''In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate ! There is no god but God alone ; He hath no partner ; His is the kingdom, His the praise. He giveth life and death, for He is the Almighty. In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate ! There is no god but God alone ; He hath no partner ; Mohammed is the Apostle of God ; pray God for him. The servant of God 'Abdallah, the Imam al Mamun [read 'Abd el Melik], Commander of the Faithful, built this dome in the year 72 (A.D. 691). May God accept it at his hands, and be content with him, Amen ! The restoration is complete, and to God be the praise. In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate ! There is no god but God alone ; He hath no partner. Say He is the one God, the Eternal ; He neither begetteth nor is begotten, and there is no one like Him. Mohammed is the Apostle of God; pray God for.him. In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate ! There is no god but God, and Mohammed is the Apostle of God; pray God for him. Verily, God and His angels pray for the Prophet. Oh ye who believe, pray for him, and salute ye him with salutations of


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