Tahaqat Dayfallah

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[pp. 784-785]

TABAQAT ḌAYFALLAH (about 1700 A.D.)

A collection of short biographies of distinguished Shaykhs who founded "tariqas" (turuq sufiyya) in Northern and Central Sudan in the 15th to the 17th centuries A.D. or were illustrious members thereof. Written by Muḥ. Mur Ibn Dayfallah (+ 1709 A.D.).

Brockelmann S2, 895.

At-Tabaqāt fī khasā'is al-awliyā' wa-s-sālihīn wa-l-'ulamā' wa-sh-shu'rā', fī-s-Sūdān.

Ed.: without date (1930): partly, with Engl, transl.: S. Hillelson, Sudan Arabic Texts, Cambridge 1935, pp. 172 - 203; Yusuf F. Hasan, Khartoum Univ. Press, 1971 (with critical apparatus).

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History of the Kingdom of the Funj (ta'rīkh mamlakah funj)

Be it known that the Funj occupied the land of the Nūba and overcame them in the beginning of the tenth century (of Hegira = XVI cent. A.D.), precisely in the year 910 H. (began 14 June 1504 A.D.). The founder of the city of Sennar was king ʿUmārah<ref>Reubeni: "Amara".</ref> Dūnqas; the town of Arbaji had been founded thirty years before (Sennar) by one Hijāzī b. Mu'īn. (Hasan, pp. 39 - 40).

It was due to the godliness of this shaykh (viz. Idris b. Moḥammed al-Arbāb<ref>Shaykh Idrisi is said to have been born born in 1507 A.D. and died in 1650 A.D. : i.e. 147 lunar years.</ref>) that king Bādī Rubāt, king of Sennar, called a meeting of great men (kibār) of the Funj, such as Shawāl Wuld... Anfalah, and Naqī, shaykh of the [p. 785] court of his palaces, Shaykh Idris Shīkhī, shaykh Wabawī. He told them: "My kingdom (dār) extends from the (land of) honey<ref>The Singa district where honey is found in plenty.</ref> to (the land of) onions.<ref>The DOngola district characterized by the cultivation of onions.</ref> I divided it into two halves." The shaykh refused and said to them: "This kingdom (dār) is the kingdom of the Nūba and you have invaded it. I do not accept. The Prophet Moḥammed said: - He who steals an inch of land, will be forced by God in the day of the resurrection (surrender) seven times as much. Give me rather the part which is peacefully held."<ref>This sentence, according to the editor, condemned the warfare by which the Sennar Funj extended their power northwards, in the territories which formerly belonged to the Nubian kingdoms.</ref> (Hasan, pp. 60).

Among his (shaykh Idris') prophecies, there is this: The palaces of For (i.e. the Darfur kings) will rule over Dār al-Gharb (Kordofan, Darfur) from al-Harāza Umm Qad to the Church "ar-Raqtā"', (ilā kanīsah ar-raqtāʾ), and, according to another story, up to Tur'ah al-khadrāʾ<ref>A village on the White Nile, near El-Dueim.</ref>. And the prophecy became true. (Hasan, p. 63).

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