First Abbasid

As-Saffah (721– 10 June 754) was the first caliph of the Abbasid caliphate, one of the longest and most important caliphates (Islamic dynasties) in Islamic history.

As-Saffah is proclaimed the caliph, from Balami's Tarikhnama


  • As power becomes great, concupiscence grows less.
    • History of the Caliphs, p. 263
  • It is rare that bounty is given unasked but a just claim is destroyed thereby.
    • History of the Caliphs, p. 263
  • Verily they are the basest and meanest of men who account avarice prudence, and clemency ignoble.
  • When forbearance is mischievous, to pardon is weakness.
    • History of the Caliphs, p. 263
  • Patience is praiseworthy save in what prejudices the faith or renders sovereignty contemptible, and moderation is commendable except at the season of opportunity.
    • History of the Caliphs, p. 263

Further Readings

  • Al-Suyuti, History of The Caliphs, Translated by Major H. S. Jarrett, Calcutta (India), 1881.
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