An Inscription Mentioning Reliance On God, 83 AH / 702-703 CE

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Assalamu ʿalaykum wa rahamatullahi wa barakatuhu:

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Figure (a) trace of original inscription, and (b) its transcription.

Date

83 AH / 702-703 CE.

Size

120 cm x 50 cm.

Script

Kufic script.

Contents

The translation of the inscription is given below.

  1. ʿAbdullah bin Abī ʿUrīḍ
  2. relies on his Lord.
  3. Written in the year
  4. three and eighty.
  5. And Muḥammad bin Ibrahīm
  6. wrote his statement with his hand.

Comments

This long inscription was perhaps one of the first to be executed on the rocky façade. The theme of reliance comes in many inscriptions from the 1st century AH.[1] Notice that lines 3 and 4 are part of lines 1 and 2 in the inscription.

Location

Abū ʿOūd, Saudi Arabia.

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References

[1] H. B. A. H. Al-Kilabi, Al-Nuqūsh Al-Islāmīyah ʿala Ṭarīq al-Ḥajj al-Shāmī bi-Shamāl Gharb al-Mamlakah al-ʿArabīyah al-Saʿūdīyah, 2009, Maktabat al-Malik Fahd al-Waṭanīyah: Ar-Riyāḍ, 2009, pp. 68-70.

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