فرج الله قريب

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Saruhan1249

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Hello everyone, first time posting here because I have a burning question :) Las week I visited a beautiful 13th century caravanserai and the following inscription on the wall. It doesn't look like it was there originally. The stones on which it is painted are much too new. It was probably made sometime in the 19th century during the initial restoration. If anyone could translate what it says, I would really appreciate it.

 
  • cherine

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    Arabic (Egypt).
    Welcome to the forum,

    I don't think this is as old as the 19th century, it could well be written last week, but who knows. The last two words of the first line are not very clear, so this is mostly a guess with 90% certainty:
    فرج الله قريب وقاصده ما يخيب (؟)
    اللهم اجير كاتبها بها من نار جهنم
    وولديه وجميع امه محمد عليه السلام

    God's help is coming soon and he who asks for His help is not let down (the word فرج is more than help, it's like putting an end to a dire situation)
    God, please let these lines help the writer being saved from hell's fire
    and his two sons (or a typo for his parent والديه) and all Muhammad's nation (Muslims)
     

    Saruhan1249

    New Member
    English
    Amazing! Thank you so much for your help! I only guessed that it was written in the 19th century because of another inscription in the same paint over the entrance gate with 1864 among other things. As far as I can tell, on
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    the right, there's the same date in Eastern Arabic numerals, though the text above it seems illegible.
     

    cherine

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    Arabic (Egypt).
    Is it really the same paint? The color looks different to me, but more import it's not the same language, so I think it's different writers and different time stamps/date.
     
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