The Biography of the Sultans of Kilwa

96 situation in Kilwa and explained that Emir Ibrāhīm was the one holding the boxes of gold and the military ship canons. A rumour spread among the people of Kilwa that the Portuguese commander was planning with Hāj Muhammad Ruknuddin ad-Dābūli, to bring devastation and ruin to Kilwa. Consequently, as soon as Hāj Muhammad Ruknuddin ad-Dābūli returned home, Emir Ibrāhīm put him under house arrest with maximum security around his residence. In 908 AH (1502 CE), a Portuguese eet comprising several ships arrived to Kilwa. On board was Dom Francisco De Almeida, the Viceroy of the Portuguese territories in India. The rst person to disembark from the ships was Fernao Martins, who addressed the Kilwa locals and informed them that