An Inscription Asking For Paradise, 80 AH / 699-700 CE

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


80 AH / 699-700 CE.


70 cm x 50 cm.


Kufic script.


The translation of the inscription is given below. The Arabic part is in italics:

  1. I am Maimūn, mawla of
  2. Abū Maryam, mawla of Rabbaḥ,
  3. We ask for Paradise as our abode
  4. and angels as bearers of message.
  5. And written in [the year] eighty.


This inscription was found on the Ḥajj route from Syria.[1]


Wādī al-Ṣānī, Saudi Arabia.

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[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. 65-66.

[2] Alī Ibrahīm Al-Ghabbān, Les Deux Routes Syrienne Et Égyptienne De Pèlerinage Au Nord-ouest De L'Arabie Saoudite, 2011, Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale: Cairo (Egypt), pp. 511-513 (Graffito No. 9), p. 604 (Figure 234).

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