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Knighting Sayyid Abubakr Al Kaff

It was said that Sayyid Abubakr resolutely declined to kneel because as a Muslim he could only kneel before God. Instead he agreed to stoop down on a low chair, as shown in the photograph. Perhaps the English language does not have the necessary precision to describe the posture satisfactorily. Sayyid Abubakr (1890-1965) was knighted for his public services in the Hadhramaut. In the 1930s he contributed greatly, in collaboration with the British Resident, to bringing relative peace to that region, beset by tribal lawlessness and warfare.

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