The Biography of the Sultans of Kilwa

45 Chapter 6 Kilwa Ruled by the Sultans of al-Mahdi Dynasty The Mahdi family were mainly devout and religious people. Common among them were the clerics, the preachers, the imams who led the prayers and delivered sermons on the congregational Friday and Eid prayers. They were also always present in the dhikr gatherings.(1) They were also known as "The Meek". (1) Dhikr gatherings are were the congregation chant certain religious phrases, sometimes incessantly.