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AL-MUIZZ (341-365/952-975)

Front and Back of Fatimid Gold coin minted in Mansuriyah and dated 361/971-972
[inner circle:"Al-Mu'izz li-Din Allah Amir al-Mu'minin]

His name was Ma'd, and kunya was Abu Tamim, surnamed al-Muizz li-din'allah (Fortifier of the religion of God). He was born in Mahdiya in 319/931 when Imam al-Mahdi was alive, who had predicted that al-Muizz would be man of great glory. He was very intelligent from his infancy. Qadi Noman writes in "al-Majalis wa'l Musayarat" (2nd vol., pp. 616-617) that al-Muizz recalled his infancy that: "I am reminiscing about the day I was a small child. The day I was taken into his (al-Mahdi) presence, I had been weaned and I could understand and remember that what happened. He reached for me and kissed me and took me into his robe. He seated me by his side and ordered something for me to eat. A gold and silver platter was brought, containing apples, grapes etc. He put it before me. I did not eat anything from it. He then took it and gave it to me and said: "Go and eat what is in it and give the platter to such and such woman." I told him: "No, I will keep the platter and give the fruits to her." (Al-Mahdi) laughed and wondered at my perception. He prayed for me and said: "You will have a glorious future."

Al-Muizz ascended in 341/952, and his Caliphate is noted for the extension of the Fatimid domination from Maghrib to Egypt and Syria. His Caliphate is also acclaimed for the progress of learning and arts. He himself was a learned philosopher, scientist and astronomist. His court always remained full of jurists, traditionists, poets and historians. The heart of al-Muizz was set on the conquest of Egypt, the great dream ever present before his father and grandfather, which seemed now coming within the bounds of possibility.

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