K.D.G to Kavanagh

K.D.G. The 1st or King’s Dragoon Guards, raised in 1685. Called “The King’s Regiment of Horse,” in 1714; and in 1746 “The 1st or King’s Regiment of Dragoon Guards.” Their badge is the royal cypher within the garter; and their uniform scarlet, with blue facings, and a red plume.

Kadr (Al), the night on which the Korân was sent down to Mahomet. Al Kadr is supposed to be the seventh of the last ten nights of Ramadân, or the night between the 23rd and 24th days of the month.

Verily we sent down the Korân on the night of Al Kadr; and what can make thee comprehend how excellent the night of Al Kadr is?—Al Korân, xcvii.

Kâf (Mount), a mountain encircling the whole earth, said to be a huge tableland which walls in the earth as a ring encircles one’s finger. It is the home of giants and fairies, jinn, peris, and deevs, and rests on the sacred stone called Sakhrat. It is fully described in the romance of Hatim Taï, the hero of which often visited the region. The romance has been translated into English by Duncan Forbes.—Mohammedan Mythology.

The mountain of Kâf surrounds the whole world. It is composed of one entire emerald. Beyond it there are forty other worlds, entirely different to this; each of the forty worlds has 400,000 cities, and each city 400,000 gates. The inhabitants of these cities are entirely exempt from all the sufferings of the race of man; the day there has no night, the earth is gold, and the inhabitants angels, who sing without ceasing the praises of Allah and his prophet.

The mountain Kâf is placed between the horns of a white ox, named Kirnit. The head of this ox touches the east, and his hind parts the west, and the distance between these horns could not be traversed in 100,000 years.—Comte de Caylus: Oriental Tales (“History of Abdal Motalleb,” 1743).

The mountain of Kâf may set bounds to the world, but not to the wishes of the ambitious.—Comte de Caylus: Oriental Tales(“Dakianos and the Seven Sleepers,” 1743).

From Kâf to Kâf, from one extremity of the earth to the other. The sun was supposed to rise from one of its eminences and to set on the opposite.

The mountain of Kâf may tremble, but the power of Allah remaineth fast for ever and ever.—Beckford: Vathek (1784).

Kâf, a fountain, the waters of which confer immortality on the drinker.

Sure his lips
Have drunk of Kâf’s dark fountain, and he comes
Strong in his immortality.
   —Southey: Roderick, etc., xxv. (1814).

Kail, a prince of Ad, sent to Mecca to pray for rain. Three clouds appeared, a white one, a red one, and a black one, and Kail was bidden to make his choice. He chose the last, but when the cloud burst, instead of rain it cast out lightining, which killed him.—Sale: Al Korân, vii. note.

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