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Full text of "The Dabistan"

102

med's marriage night with Sidikdh,* and blamed the
deed of David concerning Uriah's wife/

When the Sultan Khajah, who was one of the
Ilahian, was about to leave this world, he said to the
emperor:'4 Let not your Majesty bury me as if I had
*c been an adorer of Divs." On that account he was
placed in a tomb with lamps, like a person of dis-
tinction, and a lattice was left towards the great
majestic luminary, the splendor of which purifies
from of all sins. Further, orders were issued that,
in imitation of the kings of Ajem, low people may be
prevented from reading the books of the wise, and
from the pursuit of sciences. By other ordinances,,
the affairs of the Hindus were to be decided by
learned Brahmans, and those of Muselmans by their
ownKas'is. Likewise the followers of other reli-
gions and persuasions received orders, that the head
of a corpse may be laid in a tomb towards the east,

1 Sidikah, " the true," is a surname given by the Muhammedans to the
blessed Virgin, and to Ayisha', daughter of Abu-bekr, and wife of Mu-
hammed. At nine years of age, her mother took her down from a swing
suspended between two palm-trees, where she childishly slept, and placed
her upon the lap of the prophet, a bridegroom of fifty-two years. She
was but eighteen when he died. She then became the head of a party
hostile to All. She never forgot the austere judgment which he had
passed upon the occurrence related in the preceding note (p. 100 note 1);
not satisfied with having discarded him more than twenty-three years from
the khalifat, she led in person a strong army against him, to wrest it from
his hands; but was taken in battle, generously treated, and sent to
Medina, where she died in the year of the Hejira 58 (A. D. 077), having
attained the prophet's ago of sixty-three years.