The Biography of the Sultans of Kilwa

29 The King of Hurmuz, Ruknuddin Hāmed, used, since his succession to the throne, to have very close relations with the Sharifs in Hurmuz. He also supervised the annual Hajj arrangements himself, and would handsomely cover from his own funds the Hajj journey on his huge ocean liners. As he learnt of Ali ibn Al-Hassan's intentions to go for pilgrimage, he received him and his companions very well and welcomed their stay. When it was time for Hajj, Ruknuddin prepared seven huge ships for the journey. He boarded Ali ibn Sultan Al-Hassan on one of them, together with his family and entourage. He also sent in their company, his own cousin, Ibrāhīm al-Mahdi ibn Mahmoud ibn Ahmed and his family. This Ibrāhīm al-Mahdi was the cousin of Sayyed