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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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during his stay at Jerusalem, not only evinces the great erudition and readiness for which he was so celebrated, but affords an amusing specimen of the trifling minutiae upon which the Mohammedan doctors often consent to dispute. Having established himself in the Haram es Sherif, he professed himself ready to answer any question that might be put to him, concerning either the Coran or the Sunneh, that is, the written or oral law. " What should you say," said a person present, "respecting the legality of killing a wasp, when one is engaged in the rites of the pilgrimage." Without a moment's hesitation the Imam replied, " The Coran itself tells us that we are to accept whatsoever the prophet hath granted us, and to abstain from what he has forbidden us. (Coran, 59. 7.) Now, Ibn 'Aiyinah had it from .'Abd el Melik ibn Amir, who had it from Huzaifah, that the prophet said, ' Be guided in all things by my immediate successors, Abu Bekr, and Omar.' But Ibn 'Aiyinah further relates that Mas'ud told him that Cais ibn Musallim was informed by Tarik ibn Shihâb, that Omar bade the pilgrim slay the wasp." Es Shanï died at Carafah es Sughra, in Egypt, on tbe 20th Decem ber, A.D. 819. Mohammed ibn Karram, tbe founder of the Karramiyeh sect, resided at Jerusalem for more than twenty years, and died there in the year S69 A.D. His doctrines are considered by the majority of Mussulmans as heterodox and pernicious. He was said to have been buried by the Jericho gate, near the tombs of the prophets, but neither the gate nor the sheikh's tomb exist at the present day. Abu Ί Faraj al Mucaddasi, Imam of the Hambileh sect, and the founder of that of Imam Ahmed. He is the author of very esteemed and voluminous works upon theology and jurisprudence. He died the 9th of January, 1094, and was buried at Damascus, in the cemetery near the Bab es Saghir, where his tomb is still frequented by the faithful.


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