Ghayl Al-Mandaj (Al-Mabrah) Islamic Inscription, 98 AH / 717 CE
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Assalamu ʿalaykum wa rahamatullahi wa barakatuhu:
Figure (a) original inscription, (b) its transcription and (c) its contents.
98 AH / 717 CE.
55 cm x 45 cm.
The translation of the inscription is:
- May God have mercy
- on Thābit ibn
- Abī Ṭamīm Ṣānʿa
- al-Jarār his family
- and others. Ameen, Lord of
- the Worlds. And written by
- Thābit on Saturday
- in the last 10 days left(?) from
- in Jumādā (II)
- in the year eight and ninety.
This is an early Islamic rock-inscription found in the vicinity of Ghayl al-Mandaj (al-Mabrah) pilgrim station which is located on the Yemeni highland pilgrim route (so called al-Najdi) which connects Ṣanʿāʾ and Makkah. It is the first dated rock-inscription to be discovered so far alongside that road.
Ghayl al-Mandaj (Saudi Arabia).
 M. ʿA. Al-Thenayian, "Ghayl Al-Mandaj [Al-Mabrah] Islamic Inscription, Dated 98 AH (716-717 AD)", Adumatu, 2004, Volume 9, pp. 59-83.
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