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Arabic طارق (ʈāriq, “messenger, nocturnal visitor, or morning star”), from طرق (ʈáraqa, “to knock, to rap”)
When he returned from the west to Kairawan, he made his client Tariq (or Tarik) governor of Tangier and of the whole western part of Africa.
Authorized by Musa, Tariq now sent, in Ramadan 91 (July 710), 500 Berbers under the command of Tarif to reconnoitre the, country.
Tariq, thus certain of meeting no serious opposition to his landing, passed into Spain himself with an army composed mainly of Berbers of the Ghomera tribe under the guidance of Julian.
The spot where he landed thence acquired the name of Jebel Tariq, "Mountain of Tariq," afterwards corrupted into Gibraltar.
Having made himself master of Algeciras and thereby secured his communication with Africa, Tariq set out at once in the direction of Cordova.