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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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would be conquered, and that Sheddâd, and his sons after him, would become Imams (or high priests) there, which prediction came to pass. Sheddâd died in Jerusalem, A.D. 678, at the age of seventy-five, and was buried in the cemetery near the Bab er Bahmah, close under the walls of the Haram es Sherff, where his tomb is still honoured 'by the faithful. The Caliph Mo'awfyeh also visited Jerusalem before his accession to the throne, and it was in that city that the celebrated compact was made between him and ''Amir ibn el "As to revenge the murder of 'Othman. He died in Damascus, on the 1st of May, A.D. 680. One of the most distinguished of Mohammedan pilgrims to Jerusalem was Ka'ab el Ahbâr ibn Mani', the Himyarite, familiarly called Abu Is'hak. He was by birth a Jew, but had embraced the Muslim religion during the caliph ate of Abu Bekr, in consequence, as he alleged, of his finding in the Book of the Law a prophecy relating to Mohammed. He is chiefly remembered as having poiuted out to 'Omar, whom he accompanied to Jerusalem, the real position of the Sakhrah. The following tradition is also ascribed to him : that " Jerusalem once complained to the Almighty that she had been so frequently destroyed ; to which God answered, ' Be comforted, for I will fill thee, instead, with worshippers, who shall flock to thee as the vultures to their nests, and shall yearn for thee as. the doves for their eggs.' " He died at Hums in A.D. t52. Sellarn ibn Caisar was one of the companions of Mo hammed, and acted as governor of Jerusalem under the Caliph Mo'âwiyeh. The position of women amongst the first professors of Islam appears to have been much more honourable than amungst their later successors, and the early annals of the creed contain many notices of gifted and pious women who appeared to have exercised no small influence over the minds of their contemporaries. One of these distin


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