Part IV, Chapter VI = LXXXI: On propitious Omens and strange Occurences.
f18b f301a 1839 A prelude to the chapter, discussing the validity of omens, and their interpretation according to Islám. al-Mu‘tadhid finds solace in the recitation of the Qur’án, while imprisoned by his father.
f19a f301b 1840 Abú ‘Alí b. Muqla takes a good omen from a few verses during his imprisonment in Fárs by order of al-Qáhir, and is rewarded soon after by the Caliph with the governorship of Fárs. (Cf. T. F. S. I, iii, p. 55).
f19b f302a 1841 Aḥmad b. Abí Khálid takes an omen from the Qur’án about the punish­ment of a slave-girl accused by his trusted servants of misconduct, and makes inquiries until he is convinced of her innocence and the wickedness of his servants. (Cf. T. F. S. I, iii, p. 57). (Ibráhím [b.] ‘Abbás Ṣúlí relates this anecdote).
f20a f302b 1842 How Aḥmad-i-Muríd (?) was appointed to the governorship of Syria by the Caliph al-Mutawakkil.
f20b 1843 The fruitless attempts of al-Hádí to deprive Hárún of his right to the succes­sion, and his threats to Yaḥyá b. Khálid, the Barmecide, on which occasion the poet Bashshár consoles him, and puts a happy interpretation on the breaking of a ring. (Cf. T. F. S. I, iii, p. 61).
f21a f303a 1844 The fate of al-Mutawakkil’s murderers; and the ominous portent of the horoscopic globe, which indicated the very sign that led to the nemesis that overtook the parricide Shírúya.
1845 Ṭáhir-i-Dhu’l-Yamínayn takes a good omen from his torn sleeve, and defeats his foe ‘Alí b. ‘Ísá b. Máhán. (Cf. T. F. S. I, iii, p. 60).
1846 A Wazír takes an augury from a couplet.
f21b 1847 ‘Abdu’llah b. Mu‘tazz recites a few lines in prison and takes an augury, and is released by al-Muktafí. (Cf. T. F. S. I, v, p. 89).
      The chapter ends with the praise of the Wazír.