O people, so this tyrant, the enemy of God, Abu Jaafar, has done what you’ve seen for yourselves, as he built the green dome, challenging God in his Kingdom, and disrespecting the Holy Kaaba. God seized Pharaoh for punishment when he said, as was recounted in the Holy Quran, I am your Lord Most-High. God Almighty has spoken the truth. O people, those of you with the most merit to carry this Religion forward, are the sons of the first Muhajireen and the Ansar who gave them solace. O Lord, they have made allowed what you made forbidden, and forbade what you made allowed. We attest to that. May God finish every last one of them, and leave none of them on earth. Amen! O people, By God, I only appeared among you when I knew how strong and tough you were. O people, By God, I have come here after the people in every land where God is worshipped, have pledged allegiance to me. Come on, let’s pledge allegiance to the Emir of the Believers. And Know that Imam Malik issued a Fatwa allowing dissent from the Abbasids. So, don’t have any hesitation in your heart. Come on and pledge allegiance to the Emir of the Believers. Come on. Who are you, Sister? Stay away from me or I’ll have you killed. – Do you know who she is? – That’s Salma the Abbasid, Sir. Abbasid? Peace be upon the Emir. Peace be upon you too. What is it? – I want to marry, Father. – Really? But why are you angry? Because the woman I want to marry is an Abbasid. Is marrying an Abbasid woman something to be angry about? She disrespected me in front of my soldiers, merchants and by-standers. You must have bothered her. I only asked her who she was. Listen, if you like her, we’ll go to ask for her hand in marriage. Really? – When, Father? – Whenever you want. Tonight if you want. Take some of our army to liberate Makkah, as it’s where the Qibla of Muslims is. And send letters and delegations too Yemen and Egypt at once. Right away, My Lord. – What? – The spies said they occupied Makkah, and sent delegations to Egypt and Yemen. When did he appear? And how did he appear? And where did he get his soldiers? The people of Al-Madinah supported him, and provided him with men, weapons and money, My Lord. – Is that so? Issa… – Yes, My Lord. How much soldiers do we have left? Only a few, My Lord. 40,000 with Saleh bin Ali in Malta, 20,000 with Hassan bin Quhtuba, 10,000 left in Khorasan, and 5,000 working with the builders on the building of Baghdad. This is not the time for building, Issa. Mobilize them all, and send for soldiers from all over the lands, go.
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I’m afraid that would take so much time. I will keep him busy with letters, now go. Yes, My Lord. So the fox is finally out of the hole. – Listen, Rabie. – Yes, My Lord. Summon Commander Al-Bahrani to come and see me at once. I will send for him as soon as possible, My Lord. We shall camp in Kufa, Abu Ayyoub, to keep its people from moving and helping Al-Mahd. – Listen, Abu Ayyoub. – Yes, My Lord. Take the money out of treasuries and distribute it among soldiers at once. Yes, My Lord. My Lord, I think we should go to Egypt to confront the Abbasids with as many weapons, men and as much money. No. The Prophet, peace be upon him, said… Peace be upon him. I had a dream that I was behind fortified shields, so I interpreted that as Al-Madinah. That was on the day of Uhud Battle. My Lord, the Emir of the Believers, if Al-Madinah was besieged from one side only, its people would starve to death. I won’t leave Al-Madinah. I won’t. My Lord. He appeared where there is no money, no men and no weapons. I advise that you send a division of the army to Al-Qura Valley, to prevent the supplies coming from Syria from reaching Al-Madinah. We came to ask for the honor of marrying your daughter to my son. So, you’re that arrogant man who harassed my daughter? How strange! The Abbasids made you rulers, so you trespass against their families and women. Calm down, Abu Khaled. We came to you as suitors. Abdul Rahman didn’t do what would warrant all this anger. Tell me, Abdul Jabbar, did the Caliph order you to give your son bodyguards whose wages are paid from the State’s treasury? No, he didn’t order us to do that. Nor did he order me to turn a blind eye to the tributes of your remote lands. Let’s go, Son. They have crossed the lines with us, Father, and we must stop them. Yes, Daughter. Rabie, go at once to the Alevite Shiites, – and hurry up. – Right away, My Lord. Issa, what did you do? We still need more, My Lord. I could only mobilize 7,000 soldiers. What about the police men?
The Chief of Police went to bring them to the army. And the districts? I don’t think they’ll send them in time. And our spies? Did you send spies to Kufa and Basra? Yes, I did, My Lord. May I suggest something, My Lord? What is it, Muhammad? Why don’t we declare Jihad in all the lands? I did, My Lord, but I think we’re making a big deal of the sons of Abdullah bin Al-Mahd, while they’re only a few hundreds. Woe betide you, Abu Ayyoub! It’s not their numbers that worry me, but people’s love for them. The Abbasid Call started with only 20 men, with the same thing they call for. And they overthrew the Umayyads. In the Name of God, Most Beneficent, Most Merciful. From Abdullah, the Emir of the Believers, to Muhammad bin Abdullah. “The punishment for those who wage war against God and His Messenger” “and strive to create mischief in the land” “is death or crucifixion” “or the cutting of their hands and feet from opposite sides,” “or exile from the land based on the gravity of their offense.” “This will be their humiliation in this world,” “and in the Hereafter they will have grievous punishment.” “Except those who repent before you apprehend them,” “you should know that God is Forgiving, Merciful.” I promise you before God and according to the Prophet’s teachings, that if you repent I will guarantee yours and your sons’ safety, as well as your brothers, your household and your followers, to safeguard your lives and money, and I’ll pardon you for those you killed and the money you looted, and I’ll give you a thousand thousand Dirhams and whatever you ask for. I will let you stay wherever you want and I’ll release your household members in our prison. And I shall guarantee the safety of everyone who followed you or got involved with you in any way. So, if you want to make sure of this, send to me anyone you choose, and he will give him enough guarantees and pacts to assure you. Write this. In the Name of God, Most Beneficent, Most Merciful. From Abdullah Al-Mahdi, Muhammad bin Abdullah, to Abdullah bin Muhammad. In the Name of God, Most Beneficent, Most Merciful. “Ta. Sin. Mim.” “These are Verses of the Glorious Book.” “In all truth, we narrate to you some of the story of Moses” “and Pharaoh for the instruction of the believers.” “Behold, Pharaoh exalted himself in the land” “and divided its people into castes.” ” One group of them he deemed utterly low;” “he would slaughter their sons and spare only their women.” “For, behold, he was one of those who spread corruption on earth.” I’m offering you a guarantee of your safety like you offered me. You have used our name to spread your Call, and with the help of our supporters, and I’m more entitled to this than you are, and I’m likely to keep my promises, because you have given me a guarantee of safety, like you’ve done before with other men, So, what guarantee are you giving me? The guarantee you gave to Ibn Hubaira, or the one you gave to your uncle Abdullah bin Ali? Or the guarantee you gave to Abu Muslim? Peace be upon the Emir of the Believers. Peace be upon you too. There’s an Abbasid woman in a miserable condition, and she’s asking to see you, My Lord. – An Abbasid woman?