By Ikhwan al-Safa (author), Moonshee Syed Hoossain (translator)

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From the claws and teeth of wild beasts, theil' bodies are protected with iron armour, quilted coats of mail, and helmets, that their claws and teeth should never make an impression on their bodies. ', dig ditchee, wells, and pits, and cover them with loose earth and grass. When animals incautiously aITive there and fall into them, it is impossible to extricate themselves. But there is no mention of these pl'actices to the King of the genii. • When the King heard the "peech of the meosenger, he considered ENGLISIl AKHWAN-OOSAFA.

The Killg said, What is this! that all without consideration and thought intend to go there. The assembly of gnats said, 0 King! there ia hope of the assistance of God, and it is certain that by his assistallce, we shall gain the victory over them; because in former times several great Kings were tyrants; by the assistance of God we always remained conquerors over them; we often experienced it. The King said, Helate the circumstance. The chief of the mosquitoes replied, Amon~st men Nimrod was a King of high dignity, and extremely proud and depraved, '*' he thought none equal to him in state and diglJity.

Being there on behalf of my fellow creatures, I will argue with men. ling to his request, the King prayed to God, and all the assembly said Amen. 3ented himself before the King of the genii. CHAPTER XVI. Account of the ";'xtl, messenger. nimals. On hearing this, he ordered all reptiles to COOle and be 50 ENG LISH AKHW AN ·OOSAFA. present. l, lice, ants, earthworms, in fine, all reptiles which are produced from filth and creep 011 the leaves of trees, came aud presellted themselves before the King; their assemblage was so numerous that none but God had power to enumerate them.

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