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Firdous e Bareen (Persian: فردوس برین) was the name of the ancient Persian garden, supposedly located in the fortress of Alamut, in the Elburz mountains of Northern Iran, in which Hassan-i-Sabah and his band of Nizari Ismaili Shiite Hashshashin took refuge.
According to some accounts, this Paradise garden, imitating paradise or heaven, was furnished with all luxuries of life, even a rivulet of wine and was used to recruit Sabah's assassins. The recruit was drugged to simulate "dying," only to later awaken in a garden and be served a sumptuous feast by virgins. The supplicant was then convinced he was in Heaven and that Sabah was a minion of the divinity and that all of his orders should be followed, even to death.
The novel Firdaus-e-Bareen, written by Hindustani (Lucknow)Muslim novelist Abdul Halim Sharar, gives a biographical account of Hassan, a youth lured and captured by Sabah's men and then forced into his assassination machinery.
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