To touch a leper was forbidden, and the offence involved ceremonial defilement.
At the time he was believed to have been a leper, but as it would appear without sufficient.
In like manner in the purification of lepers two birds were used; the throat of one was cut, the living bird dipped in the blood mingled with water and the leper sprinkled; then the bird was set free to carry away the leprosy.
Nureddin only left a minor in his place: Amalric, who died in the same year, left a son (Baldwin IV.) who was not only a minor but also a leper; and thus the stage seemed cleared for Saladin.
It was during this time that he paid his famous visit to the leper settlement at Molokai.