The History of the Arabians, Under the Government of the Caliphs: From Mahomet, Their Founder, to the Death of Mostazem, the Fifty-sixth and Last Abassian Caliph; Containing the Space of Six Hundred Thirty Six Years, Volume 2

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T. Payne, 1758 - Arabian Peninsula
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Page 71 - never to separate yourselves from the fellowship of the other Mussulmans; for he that separates himself from them belongs to the devil, as the sheep that leave the flock belong to the wolf. Therefore give no quarter to him who marches under the standard of schism, though he has my turban upon his head, for he carries along with him the infallible mark of a man that is out of the way.
Page 137 - Upon this one of the bystanders told him that this was a matter that required stirring, but that he talked like one of the weak ones. He answered, that " He had rather be one of the weak ones in obedience to God, than one of the strong ones in rebelling against him.
Page 123 - ... sort of homily or preachment. Before his time it used to follow the prayers, but Moawiyah commenced with it, for fear he should forget what he had prepared to say. f He was also the first caliph that obliged the people to swear allegiance to his son.J The first that laid post horses upon the roads. § An Arabian robber being once condemned to have his hand cut...
Page 119 - ... not help frequently expressing in conversation the great opinion he entertained of his abilities. It is said, that once, in one of his harangues to the people after this business was over, he said, " O God ! if thou knowest that I have settled the government upon him, because according to the best of my judgment I think him qualified for it, confirm it to him ! But if I have done it out of affection, confirm it not...
Page 51 - Athir, and that in this he followed what the law of God prescribed. The people answered him, That there was no other judge or arbitrator between him and Moawiyah but God alone : that what he had done was a sin, and that he ought to repent of it. Ali firmly remonstrated with them, telling them that the sin lay at their door, in showing so much inconstancy and stubbornness.* They ought also to remember, that when Moawiyah caused the Korans to be carried at the head of the two armies, he had...
Page 155 - ... earnestly pressed him at least not to take the wives and children of his household, lest evil should befall them. One zealous counsellor, in his eager efforts to avert a destruction which he foresaw, swore " By that God, beside whom there is no other, if I knew that my taking you by the hair of the head till they came in and parted us, would be a means to detain you at Mecca, I would do it.
Page 66 - D'Herbelot gives of the death of the murderer, taken, as I suppose, from out of his Persian authors. But Tabari and Abulfeda, authors of great account among the Arabians, relate it quite differently ; Abulfeda says, " That first his hand was cut off, and then his foot on the opposite side ; next they put out his eyes with a red hot iron, then cut out his tongue, and afterwards burned him ;" to which he adds, " the curse of God be upon him.
Page 28 - But Abu Musa, who, as we have before observed, had sent him word at first, that all was well on that side the country, and acquainted him with the particulars of all that concerned him there, perceiving how the face of things had suddenly altered, and apprehensive of the success of Ayesha, Telha, and Zobeir at Bassorah, began to waver in his allegiance.
Page 120 - He had not walked far after this speech before he was taken very ill. When he perceived death approaching, his son Yezid being absent,* he called the captain of his guards to him, and another faithful servant, and said to them, " Remember me to Yezid, and tell him this from me : — Look upon the...

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