The Biography of the Sultans of Kilwa

30 Ibrāhīm, the Chief Judge. The rest of the pilgrims boarded the other six ships. The Hajj journey would usually take a week in the sea for the ships to arrive to the port of Yanbu'. The pilgrims would then disembark and head for Medina, to visit the mosque of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The ships then would travel between Yanbu' and Jeddah transporting the pilgrims as they nished the Hajj rites. However, as fate would have it, the seven-ship eet this time had something else in store. They sailed from the island of Hurmuz in early Dhul-Qi'dah, 663 AH (September 1265 CE), taking the route along the eastern coast of Oman, then along the coast of the Arabian Peninsula. When the ships arrived to the strait of Bab alMandab, at the entrance to the Red Sea, they