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Al-Mahdi (745– 24 July 785) was the third Abbasid Caliph who reigned from 775 to 785.
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- Nobody seeks my help with a petition or offers an excuse that is more pressing than he, reminding me of a favor I did him so that it would be followed by its sister (i.e, one like it) and so good would be done to its asker because withholding of later things removes gratitude for earlier ones.
- History of the Prophets and Kings, Vol. 29, p. 257/258
- Al-Tabari: The History of the Prophets and Kings (The History of Tabari), Translated by Huge Kennedy, State University of New York (1990), Vol. 29
- Al-Suyuti, History of The Caliphs, Translated by Major H. S. Jarrett, Calcutta (India), 1881.