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nity, they venerate him under a similar character,
and call him also their Kabdh and KMah: because
the heart of a just man is the heart of the all-just
God, and it is to its door that they turn in the wor-
ship of God; in that sense Yakdb and his sons pros-
trated themselves before Yiisef.

Shaikh Yakiib, a grammarian of Kashmir, who
was a spiritual guide of the age, related, as from Ain
alkasa Hamdani, that Muhammed is the manifest
name of a guide, and Iblis the manifest name of a
seducer. Mulla Muhammed Yzedi blamed the three
khalifs, and reviled the companions of the prophet
and their followers; he seduced people to the faith
of Shiahs, and, having brought forth chapters of the
Gospel, he drew from them a proof of the third
person of the Trinity as being true, and confirmed
the religion of the Nas aranains.

As his Majesty (Akbar) showed himself a friend of
all men, he gave orders to the Nawab, the wise
Shaikh Abu 'I Faz'il,i who frequently witnessed the

1 Abu 1 Fazil, the wise minister of Akbar, is generally known by his
work entitled Mjin Akbart, " the Institutes of the Emperor Akbar,"
translated from the original Persian, by Francis Gladwin, in two volumes.
This work contains the best statistical account hitherto given respecting
India of those times. Abu 'I Fazil was the first Muhammedan who be-
stowed attention upon the history and religion of the Hindus, and drew
his information regarding them from their own books. It was by him, or
under his eyes, that the Mahabharat was translated from Sanskrit into
Persian. The tolerance and liberality of the Emperor Akbar towards all
religions, and his attempt to establish a new creed, arc generally ascribed