Khiżr żand Ilyās at the Fountain of Life Niẓāmī Ganjavī (ca. 1141–1209), Khamsa (Quintet), in Persian. Persia, Qazvin, written 1549–51, illustrated ca. 1579 by Siyāvush the Georgian and his workshop for ˓Alī Khān. 180 x 186 mm Iskandar (Alexander the Great) and Khiżr, his vizier, set out to reach the end of the world in order to find the Water of Life. They took different paths, however, and only Khiżr found it, achieving immortality.