The Biography of the Sultans of Kilwa

56 also known as Sultan al-Malik al-'Ādel, that is, the Just King. As a sign of greatness, Sultan Muhammad used to invite men renowned for their great honour, position and achievement from other countries to visit Kilwa. He ruled for twenty two years and was succeeded by his son, Sultan Sulaimān. It was in the reign of Sulaimān ibn Muhammad that the Kilwa Mosque, which had been destroyed in the times of Abu al-Mawāhib, was rebuilt. When Sultan Sulaimān ibn Muhammad died, the princes, visirs, and men of power met to choose the following Sultan. Among them was Prince Muhammad ibn Sultan Muhammad ibn Sulaimān of the al-Wāsil dynasty. They agreed that in order to avoid any