Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official eBook

William Henry Sleeman
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59.  See Koran, chapter 32. [W.  H. S.]

60.  Ibid., chapter 11. [W.  H. S.] Sale’s version, with trifling verbal differences.  The ‘mufti’s’ reasoning has been heard in Europe.

61.  See Koran, chapter 15. [W.  H. S.] Sale’s version, with modifications.

62.  ’This is a revelation of the most mighty, the merciful God; that thou mayest warn a people whose fathers were not warned, and who live in negligence.  Our sentence hath justly been pronounced against the greater part of them, wherefore they shall not believe.  It shall be equal unto them whether thou preach unto them, or do not preach unto them; they shall not believe.’  Koran, chapter 36. [W.  H. S.] From beginning of the chapter.  Sale’s version; a sentence being omitted between ‘believe’ and ‘It shall’.

63.  I have never met another man so thoroughly master of the Koran as the Mufti, and yet he had the reputation of being a very corrupt man in his office. [W.  H. S.]

64.  Aleeoodeen; an unusual name; probably a misprint for Ala-ud-din.

65.  The 17th chapter of the Koran opens with the words, ’Praise be unto him who transported his servant by night from the sacred temple of Mecca to the farther temple of Jerusalem’, ‘from whence’, as Sale observes, ’he was carried through the seven heavens to the presence of God, and brought back again to Mecca the same night’.  The commentators dispute whether the journey to heaven was corporeally performed, or merely in a vision.  ’But the received opinion is that it was no vision, but that he was actually transported in the body to his journey’s end; and if any impossibility be objected, they think it a sufficient answer to say that it might easily be effected by an omnipotent agent.’

66.  See Koran, chapter 15. [W.  H. S.]

67.  The Muhammadans believe that the Christians have tampered with the Scriptures.

68.  It would be difficult to give more vivid expression to the eternal conflict between the theological and the scientific spirit.  Compare the remarks ante, chapter 26, note 11, on the attitude of Hindoos towards modern science.

69. Paradise Lost, Book VIII. [W.  H. S.] Line 167; from Raphael’s address to Adam.

CHAPTER 69

Indian Police—­Its Defects—­and their Cause and Remedy.

On the 26th[1] we crossed the river Jumna, over a bridge of boats, kept up by the King of Oudh for the use of the public, though his majesty is now connected with Delhi only by the tomb of his ancestor;[2] and his territories are separated from the imperial city by the two great rivers, Ganges and Jumna.

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