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upon a son of his: hence the saying that he had no
shade. It is also said, that never a fly sat upon the
body of the prophet; which means that he never
was tainted by avarice.

SECTION III.—OF THE SUCCESSORS OF THESE PHILOSO-
PHERS, AND THE CHIEF FOLLOWERS OF THIS CREED.

Of this class, several learned men were personally
known to the author of this book, but he will give
an account of those only who were well founded
and skilled in this creed. First, the doctor in theo-
logy, Hirbed, whom the author visited in Lahore.
This doctor was a descendant from the family of
Zardiisht, the prophet of God; he was conversant
with Persian, showed great proficiency in Arabic,
and in other sciences, in Shiraz, arid held intercourse
with learned Frangis. At last he came to India;
always devoted to austerity, he led a pure and holy
life. He composed hymns in Persian, Hindi, and
Arabic, to the majesty of the light of lights, the pow-
erful luminaries, and the stars. He acknowledged
as a Kiblah the splendor-shedding bodies, and made
his own, in spirit and word, the work of the lord
Shaikh Maktul. Secondly, the doctor Mam'r was
met by the writer of this work, in the year of the
Hejira 1053 (A. D, 1643-4), in Kabul; he was one