The Biography of the Sultans of Kilwa

47 of great knowledge and virtue. He was also renowned for his generosity and bravery. After his Aden stay, he proceeded to Mecca at the age of sixteen, seeking to further his education. While he was in Mecca he received the news of the death of his father after eighteen years as the ruler of Kilwa. In his absence, his younger brother, Daoud ibn Sultan Sulaimān, the Stabbed, seized power over there. When al-Hassan returned to Kilwa, his mother called for her son Daoud after hiding al-Hassan under some covers where he could hear her conversation with his younger brother without being discovered. Daoud came by to speak to his mother, who asked him: "Your brother, al-Hassan