History of Multan
Subsequent history of multan is well established and more than sufficient light has
been thrown on the cross section by
world famous travellers, writers and historians who visited Multan
including the Chinese historian Hiuen Tsang in 641 A. D. The Chinese traveler found the
circuit of the city about 30 li which is equal to five miles. He described,
"the soil rich and fertile and mentioned about eight Deva temples.
He also mentioned that people do not believe in Buddha rule. The city is
thickly populated-the grand temple
dedicated to the Sun is very magnificent and profusely
decorated-The image of Sun Deva also known as
"Mitra" is cast in yellow gold and ornamented with rare gems. Its
divine insight mysteriously manifested and its spiritual powers made plain
to all and so on".
Multan was first visited by the Muslim arms during the reign of the Khalifa
Abu Bekr, in 44 Hijri (664 A.D.), when Mohalib, the Arab General, afterwards an eminent
commander in Persia and Arabia, penetrated to the ancient capital of the Maili. He
returned with many prisoners of war. The expedition, however, seems to have been directed
towards exploration of the country as no attempt was apparently made to retain the
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