Sammarrab the First
Sammarrab the First, regarded as an enlightened soul by the GAGA Religious Archives of Doctrines (GAGARAD, or GARAD for short), was a native of Old Earth, in the region of the Euphrates River Valley Historical Reserve. His GAGA name was Samar Mohammed Ar, and he was the youngest son of a noble from Saudi Arabian extraction who claimed lineage to the kings of the region, though all those claims are open to dispute.
Sammarrab was raised in a palatial home in the Euphrates River Reserve until the age of thirteen, when he ran away from his father’s draconian policies and fled to Damascus, Old Earth. There he began the next phase of his life as a destitute beggar. Starting with only the clothes on his back, Sammarrab lived amongst the destitute in the ancient city for several years. During his tenure as a beggar, he formed a home for the street people in the eastern part of the urban sprawl of Damascus that had its own farmland and food produtction facilities. It was originally named Sa’adni, but was renamed Sammarrab Sa’adni following his death. It exists as a GAGA protected Peace Enclave in the Syriac- Horn of Africa Region on Old Earth.
Once the Sa-adni complex had been well established, Sammarrab turned his hand to his love of painting and poetry. He collected through a variety of charismatic donations enough Arabic, Muslim and Zoroastrian manuscripts to turn Sa’adni into one of the largest Eastern libraries in the Sector. He established art workshops in paint, sculpture and metalwork and dozens of artists from around the Sector began flocking to the homeless enclave.
At this point, Sammarrab began to attract condemnation from the then extremely conservative Islamic groups in the Middle East for his insistence that the human form be captured in artwork. The original Art Workshop made by Sammarrab was destroyed in a mortar attack by Islamist militants and had to be rebuilt. Rather than risk a further attack which would endanger more lives, Sammarrab left Old Earth and headed to the newly discovered sector in Gamma quadrant, near the collision of our galaxy with SagDEG (Sagittarius Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy).
He left enough funding at his original settlement to ensure the Art Workshops could be rebuilt and “left for the faithful of whatsoever doctrine to use for praising the Almighty in whatever way they saw fit.”
The newly discovered sector to which Sammarrab was headed had just been fully mapped by the GAGA the previous year. It was determined that, despite its intense electromagnetic flux, it contained two solar systems with a high percentage of habitable/terraformable planets.
Sammarrab settled on a desert planet in Solar system EX-4, where he began to attract a variety of followers from various faiths. The common factor in all of the settlers who followed Sammarrab was their love of philosophy, scientific inquiry for the purposes of further praise and understanding of the Almighty’s creation, and poetics. On planet EX-4-5G3, Sammarrab established the first palace of El Noor. The traffic to this glorious destination was so heavy that the planet became dubbed El Noor, and then the quadrant was given the same name.
For fifty one years, Sammarrab lived in peace and idyllic creation as the Caliph of El Noor. This was a title he at first eschewed for its meaning that he would be a successor to the prophet Mohammed. In the end Sammarrab embraced it humbly when it came to his attention that, as chief person of import on the planet, he could be elected by its inhabitants to guide the planet’s development before the GAGA. Sammarrab appeared before the GAGA Planetary Direction Committee in old Arabic splendour, with sixty fire-breathing acrobats, eighty four “concubines” (who were actually artists and dancers from the Commune who donated their services for the occasion), six robotic elephants and twelve musicians. He was declared Caliph and supreme ruler of planet EX-4-5G3 and EX-4-5G4, and director General of the El Noor sector.
Sammarrab used this power purely to keep the sector a religious neutral ground and haven for “any and all humble, artistic temperaments who wish to create to glorify Creation with their spirit.”
He was murdered by a consortium of extremely right wing conservative Protestant apocryphists (the Prophecy Keepers) and Islamic militants (El Jadd, or the Hand, a group of extreme right-wing Muslims who had embraced the old teachings of the Assassins and the apocryphal Masonic Orders. The two groups formed a brotherhood based on those teachings coupled with their modernist approach to the GAGA).
In Sammarrab’s memory, the devotees of his cult of scholarly learning and beauty continued on the Caliphate in the El Noor sector, and continued his works of charity and creativity in his memory. Today, adherents of his brand of Persian spiritualism are called Samabians, El Noorians or Sammarabites.
See El Noor, Samabians, Sammarrabites, Caliphate of El Noor.