Khidr, al-

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The green one. Name given by tradition to a mysterious figure in the Quran (18:65–82) who guided Moses and his servant on a long journey. Muslim scholarship agrees on very little about the historical al-Khidr despite attempts to identify a corresponding real person, but al-Khidr is nonetheless popular throughout the Muslim world as a spiritual guide, an immortal guide for travelers, a protector of sailors, etc. Also known as Balya ibn Malkan.

Subjects: Islam.

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