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be accounted to have the nature of a wolf, tiger, ser-
pent, or scorpion.    The Arabian prophet has said:

" Kill a harmful creature before it causes harm."

If such a person is well-behaved, and says pray-
ers, he has the disposition of an ox, or sheep, and
to kill him is lawful. On that account he ordered
his self-conceited adversaries to be killed, as they
were to be regarded as brute beasts; thus it is stated
in the Koran:

" They are like brute beasts, nay worse."

He said: whoever does not know himself, and has
no notion of eternal life, and everlasting existence,
is dead, and the property of a dead man, whose heirs
are also as the dead, reverts to the living. On that
account he ordered also the killing of the ignorant.
When he found a Hindu knowing himself, he valued
him higher than a Muselman. He and his sons prac-
tised for some time highway robbery. Of the wealth
which he took from the Muselmans and others, he
deposited the fifth part in a store-house, and when
it was wanted, he distributed it among the most
deserving people. He and his sons kept themselves
ail remote from adultery, lewdness, and unbecoming
actions, as well as from despoiling the Unitarians of
their property, and refrained from using violence
towards those who saw but one God.

He composed a great number of works in the