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M.Besant E.Walter
Jerusalem, the city of Herod and Saladin


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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M.Besant E.Walter
Jerusalem, the city of Herod and Saladin
page 430

He died in the great plague at 'Arnwas, (Emmaus) A.D. 639, in the fifty-eighth year of his age, and was buried in the village of Athmâ, at the foot of Jebel 'Ajliin, between Fukâris and El 'Adihyeh, where his tomb is still pointed out. In this plague no less than twenty-five thousand of the Muslim soldiery perished. Belial ibn Eubâh, Mohammed's own" Muezzin," accompanied 'Omar to Jerusalem. He «was so devoutly attached to the person of the Prophet that he refused to exercise his office after Mohammed's decease, except on the occasion of the conquest of the Holy City, when he was prevailed upon by the Caliph once more to call the people to prayers in honour of so great an occasion. Khalid ibn el Walid, surnamed the " Drawn Sword of God," was also present with the victorious army of 'Omar ; he died in the year 641 A.D., and was buried, some say, at Emessa, and others, at Medinah. 'Abudat ibn es Sâmit, the first Câdhi of Jerusalem, arrived with 'Omar, he was buried in the Holy City, but his tomb disappeared during the Christian occupation. Another interesting member of the first pilgrim band was Selmân el Farsi, one of the early companions of Mohammed. Although he does not play a very conspicuous part in Mohammedan history, his name has acquired a strange celebrity in connexion with the mysterious sect of the Nuseiriyeh in Syria. The tenets of this people are so extraordinary and so little known that I cannot refrain from giving a slight account of them here. The Nuseiriyeh worship a mystic triad, consisting of and represented by 'Ali, the son-in-law and successor of Mohammed, Mohammed himself, and Selmân el Farsi. These are alluded to as 'Ams, a mystical word, composed of the three initial letters of their names ; 'Ali being, moreover, called the Manâ, or "meaning," Le, the object implied in all their teaching, Mohammed, the chamberlain, and Selmân el Farsi, the door. To understand this we

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