The Biography of the Sultans of Kilwa

93 the rise of the water to a reasonable level, the ship managed to oat freely. However, when the Portuguese asked that their canons and boxes of gold be loaded back on board of their ship, Emir Ibrāhīm ibn Sulaimān ibn Muhammad al-Mażlūm refused, hoping he could keep the gold. The Portuguese then requested from the people of Kilwa that they provided them with fresh water and wood for their journey. They also asked that the Sultan or his son should come on board to negotiate the release of their gold cargo. But Emir Ibrāhīm and the Kilwa locals agreed that they sent Sayyed Luqman ibn al-Malik al- 'Ādel (the Just King) instead. They dressed him like the Sultan and sent him aboard the ship. As for the fresh water, it was transferred