The Biography of the Sultans of Kilwa

78 have peace with Hassan ibn Yārik and reinstate him as Sultan. Ali, being the messenger from Zanzibar, delivered his brother’s message as instructed. Muhammad Kawāb and the people of Kilwa responded to his offer saying: "The current Sultan is a descendant of the Kings of Kilwa while the other claimant is from the visirs' family. He had only been previously appointed Sultan for a specic purpose at that time. The purpose has long been served and no longer exists. However, we accept your offer of peace so that he [Hassan ibn Yārik] may enter the city and become one of the subjects of the Sultan. Any other terms are not accepted by us." Then, they stressed this saying "You go to him and you tell him what we said. If