Ibn Khallikan's Biographical Dictionary, Volume 1

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Oriental translation fund of Great Britain and Ireland, 1843

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Page 500 - From the moment when you set it before us as a duty to hand ourselves over to our lords on such and such a day, at such and such an hour, at a date and a minute fixed beforehand.
Page 468 - I can recite to you, for each letter of the alphabet, " one hundred long poems rhyming in that letter, without taking into count " the short pieces; and all that composed exclusively by poets who lived before '' the promulgation of Islamism.
Page 289 - Misr (Egypt) journeying to a certain village, and I fell asleep in one of the deserts on the way. And my eye was opened, and lo, a little bird, still blind, fell from its nest to the ground. Then the ground split open and two trays came forth, one of gold, the other of silver ; in one was sesame, and in the other water ; and the bird ate of that, and drank of this. ' That, said I, ' is a sufficient warning for me ; I renounce the world.
Page xxiv - Irak possessed but few traditions, they had recourse to analogical deductions, and attained great proficiency therein, for which reason they were called ' the followers of private judgment...
Page 421 - I am He whom I love, and He whom I love is I : We are two spirits dwelling in one body. If thou seest me, thou seest Him, And if thou seest Him, thou seest us both.
Page 30 - Here is another : Black misbecomes you not ; by it you are increased in beauty ; black is the only colour princes wear. Were you not mine, I should purchase you with all my wealth. Did I not possess you, I should give my life to obtain...
Page 112 - I have been assured by persons of good authority that he fell into a lethargy and was buried with precipitation. He recovered when shut up in the tomb, and, his cries having been heard, that night his grave was opened, and he was found dead from fright, with his hand grasping his beard.
Page 408 - The vizier on reading the note recollected the circumstance, and, moved with the joy of doing a generous action, he ordered seven hundred dirhems to be given to the writer, and inscribed these words on the paper: The similitude of those who lay out their substance in the service of God is as a grain of corn which has produced seven ears and in every ear a hundred grains; for God giveth many-fold to whom He pleaseth. He then prayed God's blessing on him, and clothed him in a robe of honour, and appointed...
Page xxxiv - ... to mind the languor of the eyes. Pearls signify both tears and teeth ; the latter are sometimes called hailstones, from their whiteness and moisture ; the lips are cornelians or rubies ; the gums, a pomegranate flower ; the dark foliage of the myrtle is synonymous with the black hair of the beloved, or with the first down on the cheeks of puberty. The down itself is called the izar, or head-stall of the bridle...
Page 31 - If their aversion to thy admonitions be grievous unto thee, if thou canst seek out a den whereby thou mayest penetrate into the inward parts of the earth, or a ladder by which thou mayest ascend into heaven, that thou mayest show them a sign, do so, but thy search will be fruitless; for if GOD pleased he would bring them all to the true direction : be not therefore one of the ignorant.

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