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Abu Tahir Al-Jannabi

Deceased Person

Abū-Tāhir Sulaymān Al-Jannābī (906–944) (Arabic: ابوطاهر سلیمان الجنّابی‎) was the ruler of the Qarmatian state in Bahrain and Eastern Arabia, who in 930 led the sacking of Mecca. The son of ‘Abu Sa’id al-Jannabi, the founder of the Qarmatian state, Abu Tahir became leader of the state in 923. He immediately began an expansionist phase raiding Basra that year, followed by Kufa in 927, defeating an Abbasid army in the process, and then threatening Baghdad in 928 before pillaging much of Iraq when he could not gain entry to the city. In 930, he led the Qarmatians’ most notorious attack when he pillaged Mecca and desecrated Islam’s most sacred sites. Unable to gain entry to the city initially, Abu Tahir called upon the right of all Muslims to enter the city and gave his oath that he came in peace. Once inside the city walls the Qarmatian army set about massacring the pilgrims, taunting them with verses of the Koran as they did so. The bodies of the pilgrims were left to rot in the streets or thrown down the Well of Zamzam. The Kaaba was looted, with Abu Tahir taking personal possession of the Black Stone and bringing it back to Al-Hasa. The attack on Mecca symbolized the Qarmatians’  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
0906
Place of birth
Bahrain
Parents
Abū-Saʿīd Jannābī

Death

Date of death
0944
Place of death
Bahrain

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