The Biography of the Sultans of Kilwa

55 Chapter 7 Rotation of Power between the Al-Wāsil and Al-Mahdi Dynasties The al-Wāsil family had been removed from power in Kilwa for 55 years as a result of their cousins, the Mahdis, taking over. The rule of Kilwa went back to alWāsils when Muhammad ibn Sulaimān ibn al-Hussain ibn al-Hassan Sabħa seized power. He was called "The New Rain", as he came after a period of severe conditions that the family had gone through. He was