The Biography of the Sultans of Kilwa

37 men took the matter in all seriousness, and the path that used to appear when the tides receded was completely removed. They worked tirelessly to complete this task and soon when the high tides returned, the water lled in the entire area. The occasional peninsula was turned to a fully-edged island, and no one could come to the Island on foot any more. Days later, the pagan African returned with a group of his men. They arrived at the place where the path used to appear. But there was no path. So, they waited in the hope that the water would denitely recede at some point, but it did not happen. Full of disappointment, despair, and regret the African man and his gang returned emptyhanded to where they had come from. Matters settled for Sultan Ali ibn al-