Al-Ya'bub[1] is the idol of the Jadilah[2] of the Tayyi'. Previously they had a different idol; but the banu-Asad[3] took it away from them. Consequently they adopted al-Ya'bub in its stead. Said 'Abid[4]:

"They adopted al-Ya'bub in the place of their former god;
Be still, therefore, O Jadi[lah], and abstain from food and drink[5]."


1. Unidentified; cf. Lisan al-'Arab and Taj al-'Arus, entry 'bb ; al-Hamasah, p. 158. Both lexicons and the anthology agree that the word signifies a fleet horse as well as the name of a particular horse.

2. Ishtiqaq, p.228.

3. ibid., p.110.

4. 'Abid ibn-al-Abras; al-Shi'r w-a/-Shu'ara', pp.143-145; al-Aghani, vol. XIX, pp.84-90.

5. See The Diwans of 'Abid ibn Al-Abras, of Asad, and 'Amir ibn Al-Tufail, of 'Amir ibn Sa' sa'ah, ed. Sir Charles Lyall, Leyden and London, 1913, p. 13, line 14.