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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
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of five thousand Muslim prisoners on the part of the Greek emperor. In the year 1016 a fresh earthquake occurred, and the great cupola over the Sakhrah fell down, though without much injury happening to the foundations of the building. The walls at the south-west angle of the Haram es Sherif also suffered by the shock, and a Cufic inscription tells us that the damage done in that quarter was repaired by Ed Dhâher li 'Ezaz din Allah. The same prince also restored the cupola itself, as we learn from another inscription, engraved upon the wooden framework of the cupola, and repeated at each of the four points of the compass. It runs as follows : " In the name of God the Merciful, the Compassionate ! ' None repair the mosques of God but such as believe in Him ' (Cor. c. v.) The Imam Abu el Hasan ed Dhâher li 'Ezaz din Allah, son of El Hakem bi Amr Illah, Prince of the Faithful (the blessing of God be upon his noble ancestry !), ordered tne restoration of this blessed cupola. The work was executed by the servant of God, the Emir, the confidant of the Imams, the prop of the empire, 'Ali ibn Ahmed Inâhet Allah, in the year 413 (A.D. 1022). May God perpetuate the glory and stability of our lord the Commander .of the Faithful, and make him to possess the east and west of the earth ! We praise God at the beginning and end of all our works." In 1034 fresh earthquakes devastated Syria and Egypt ; some of the walls of Jerusalem were destroyed, and a large portion of the Mihrâb Dâ'ud (that is, the building now called the Cala'at Jâlut) fell to the ground. Again, in the year 1060, an accident happened in the Cubbet es Sakhrah : the great candelabra suspended from the dome, and containing five hundred candles, suddenly gave way, and fell with an awful crash upon the Sakhrah, greatly to the consternation of the worshippers assembled in the mòsque, who looked upon it as foreboding some


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