The Biography of the Sultans of Kilwa

46 From their midst arose their religious chief, Sulaimān ibn al-Hassan ibn Tālib ibn Ibrāhīm al-Mahdi, a man of great courage and sound opinion. He succeeded his uncle Sayyed Ibrāhīm Sharafuddin, the Chief Judge, leader of the Shiraz rebellion, to the religious leadership of his people. Sulaimān ibn al-Hassan rebelled against his cousin Sultan al-Hassan ibn Daoud, and removed him by force from the rule of Kilwa and took it over himself. During the armed confrontation, Sulaimān ibn alHassan ibn Tālib was stabbed by a spear, and he was thus nicknamed, the Stabbed. During his reign, his 14-year old son, al-Hassan decided to visit the holy city of Mecca. Before getting there, he rst spent two years in Aden receiving religious education. He eventually became a scholar