By Thomas Patrick Hughes

This can be the single entire Dictionary of Islam to be had in English being a cyclopaedia of the doctrines, rites, ceremonies, and customs including the technical and theological phrases of the Islamic religion.

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The QurTin] Arabic") This classical language is often termed, by the Arabians themselves, the language of Ma-add, and the language of Muzar, and is a compound of many sister dialects, very themselves, which often dilYcring among were spoken throughout the whole of the Peninsula before the religion of Muhamniad incited the nation to spread its conquering armies over foreign countries. Before that l)oriod, feuds among the tribes, throughout the wliole extent of their territory, had prevented the blending of their dialects into one uniform language biit this effect of disunion was counteracted in a great measure by the institution of the sacred months, in which all ; acts of hostility were most strictly interdicted, and by the annual pilgrimage, and the yearly fair held at -Ukaz.

They call it a fable of Tasm. e ing 1o the yur'an. was miraculous, and a The signal examjjle of Divine vengeance. pcTsteritv of -Ad" and Samiid had abandoned AKABIA ARABIA tho worship of the true Ood, and lapsed into iiK'orrij^ihlo idolatry. Thoyhad been chastised had privately hidden their swords in the sand, and in the moment of mirth and fesand his tivity they fell upon the t^n-ant retinue, and finally extirpated the greater 18 with a three years' drou<,'ht, but their hearts remained hardened.

The Lit. Muharram. " day resjiected by Jews (^Mishkut, vii. c. vii. ) and a Christians. It is the only day of 3Iuharram observed by the SunnI Muslims, being the day on which and Eve, heaven it is said God created Adam and hell, the tablet of decree, the pen, life, and death. It is kept by the Sunnls as a fast. ] ASIYAH The {hA). One Pharaoh. of wife of women the four perfect Virgin Mary. Khadijah, andFatimah, See MishlcHtit 'I-Mabeing the other three). (the xxiv. siil/lfi, c. She 22. is mentioned in tlie Qur'an (Surah Ixvi.

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