The significance of the Futuh was first recognised in Gujarat, the region of India with closest connections with Ethiopia, and the destination of numerous slaves captured by the imam in the course of his campaigns. A copy of Sihab ad-Din's work reached Gujarat within only a few decades of its composition. The text was considered so important in explaining the influx of Abyssinian slaves into that part of India that the Gujrati writer Abdallah Muhammad bin Omar al-Makki al-Asafi al-Ulugkani, better known as Haji ad-Dabir, included portions of it in his history of Gujarat written in Arabic around 1605. He may have been encouraged in this by the fact that he was in the service, successively, of two noblemen, Muhammad Yaquit Ulugh Khan and Abdul Kerim Dayfud Muhammad Fulad Khan. Both had apparently been captured in the Imam's wars, or were descendants of persons so captured.