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Mahmud of Ghazni + Malik Ayaz by Eshto Mahmud of Ghazni + Malik Ayaz by Eshto
MAHMUD OF GHAZNI & MALIK AYAZ (1021 ce)

Mahmud of Ghazni founded the Ghaznavid Empire and ruled as Sultan. He fell in love with Malik Ayaz, a Turkish slave, and their relationship became widely regarded as the epitome of idealized love in Islamic legend and Sufi literature. As the story goes, Ayaz asked Mahmud who the most powerful man in the kingdom was. When the Sultan replied that it was himself, Ayaz corrected him, claiming that in fact Ayaz was the most powerful, since Mahmud was his slave. the “slave to a slave” became a favorite trope in Persian literature.
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JekyllRiver Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Absurdity, and nonsense...if they were live today, they put "gays" in their places, in cherry picking them to be homosexuals idols. 
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QSLove Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous artwork illustrating a beautiful story. :)
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lyoizisi Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
unlogical and stereotyping. Both of them were Turkic on ethnicity but drawn like Indian (Dravidian) men. :(
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DawnWonder Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Hey, this is going around tumblr! It's really lovely, thank you for drawing it!
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jimsteele2008 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Splendid painting of a great love story.
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EvilArtForm Featured By Owner May 15, 2012   General Artist
nice!
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gamequeer Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Student
Very nice.
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kahnovich Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
Whoa.ROMANTIK.. How i wish i have that kind of relationship. It reminds of me of HAMAM. People misinterpret the quran or bible regarding the homosexual people. The chaste love of men for youths has been regarded as something sacred in many Islamic socities, as reflected in the romantic love literature of Muslim Spain and in the Qur'an where Paradise contains beautiful male virgins. God only punish those have multiple sexes without a proper marriage. Most ppl nowadays have go against the law of god especially SEX BEFORE MARRIAGE commandment. Believe me, there are a lot of things in the quran or bible restraining us from doing something that we might think it is right. Homosexual are widely accept in the dharmic religion.So, if you are a muslim gay/lesbian,convert or move to europe. Like, THE BATTLE BETWEEN RACES.
HOMOPHOBIC=RACIST= ISLAMOPHOBIA (SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN AND Verify by GOD).
Ilovereza..p
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ghaznawi Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011   Filmographer
Stupid ass he was not gay u stupid and he didn't fall in love with his slave do some research first then write. His slave marry to sultan daughter. Thats how he become the slave to a slave. Stupid. The correct quote is " sultan mahmood that had thousand of slave he became slave of a slave. And the story is kind of this when he find out that his daughter was in love with his slave. Sultan send his slave to bring the sun and the moon report which was impossible. So on his way his slave meet a man with miracle which made the slave so rich. Afther couple of he went back to ghazni. His face was changed and no one could recocnize that he was a slave. So he give some expensive jeweler as a gift to sultan. So sultan give his daughter hand to his slave also sultan didn't know that he was his slave and the story goes on till the sultan finds out that he was his slave.
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Daaakota Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
I have this calendar, and am LOVING August. This is a great picture. I love it.
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