Publisher: Forgotten Books (September 27, 2015)
Excerpt from Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah Meccah, Vol. 2 of 2
Al-Madinah contains but few families descended from the Prophet’s Auxiliaries. I heard only of four whose genealogy is undoubted. These were, –
1. The Bayt al-Ansari, or descendants of Abu Ayyub, a most noble race whose tree ramifies through a space of fifteen hundred years. They keep the keys of the Kuba Mosque, and are Imams in the Harim, but the family is no longer wealthy or powerful.
2. The Bayt Abu Jud: they supply the Harim with Imams and Mu’ezzins. I was told that there are now but two surviving members of this family, a boy and a girl.
3. The Bayt al-Sha’ab, a numerous race. Some of the members travel professionally, others trade, and others are employed in the Harim.
4. The Bayt al-Karrani, who are mostly engaged in commerce.
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