Have you ever created a whole universe from a single, pivotal moment? Followed the alternate path that could have happened, branch by branch by branch? Until you found yourself lost somewhere so different to the world that you have always known yet discovered that it is somehow inhabited by familiar characters and ideas, foibles, weaknesses and triumphs? It is populated with similar glories and tragedies and by the same love and loss, the same smiles and the same tears?
Welcome then, to the Kingdom of Hindh.
Imagine if you can, that during the Battle of Yamama, Musaylimah had been accepted as the Messenger of the one and only God, whom he came to call Al-Lan, "The One Who is Never". What if Musaylimah had been viewed as the Perfect Man and Muhammad had become known as al-Kadhab, the Great Liar?
What if Khalid ibn Walid, the Drawn Sword of God had been defeated by Musaylimah and then had switched his allegiance to this humble and fearsome magician. What if all Musulman around the world had instead grown up revering Musaylimah instead of Muhammad? How different would our journey have been? Would it have been richer, more wonderful, more amazing, industrious, evolutionary? How would life have unfolded for Hindh and all its people?
For it was Musaylimah whose insight held him to these words, "...at the time of prayer, one may turn his face to whatever side he chooses, provided it be with this intention: I address myself to thee, who hath neither side nor figure....why should it be permitted to make a Kiblah of a house?”
The Kingdom of Hindh Tales are an attempt to describe how events transpired after Musaylimah was recognised as the Envoy of The Most Benevolent Al-Lan, the One True God. Some of it is conjecture on the part of the author, some of it is blasphemy, some of it satire, some of it is pure fiction.
And the rest? Well the rest is history.
We are all Children of Hindh