Shelfmark:

Isl. Ms. 42

Title:

[al-Ḥizb al-aʻẓam maʻa Dalāʼil al-khayrāt,late 18th or early 19th century?].[الحزب الاعظم مع دلائل الخيرات,اواخر القرن 18م أو اوائل القرن 19م؟].

Author:

Qārī al-Harawī, ʻAlī ibn Sulṭān Muḥammad,d. 1605 or 6.قاري الهروي، علي بن سلطان محمد.

Place/Date of Production:

[17-- or 18--].

Size:

77 leaves :paper ;177 x 118 (131 x 59) bound to 177 x 121 mm.

Summary:

Fine prayerbook containing al-Qārī al-Harawī's al-Ḥizb al-aʻẓam followed by the celebrated Dalāʼil al-khayrāt of al-Jazūlī, with numerous assorted prayers and remedies on the remaining leaves.

Other Title(s):

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Subject(s):

Islam--Prayers and devotions--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Muḥammad,--Prophet,--d. 632--Early works to 1800.

Genre:

Headpieces (layout features)19th century.

Language:

Arabic.

Notes:

Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.

Incipit:

[al-Ḥizb al-aʻẓam] "الحمد لله الذي دعانا للايمان وهدانا بالقرآن واجاب دعوتنا بالفضل والاحسان ... اما بعد فيقول العبد الداعي الراجي مغفرة ربه الباري علي بن سلطان محمد القاري ستر عيوبهما لما رايت بعض السالكين يتعلقون باوراد المشياخ المعتبرين ... فخطر ببالي ان اجمع الدعوات الماثورة في الاحاديث المشهورة ... وسميته الحزب الاعظم لانتسابه واستناده الى الرسول الاكرم ..." [Dalāʼil al-khayrāt] "وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد واله وسلم قال الشيخ الفقيه الامام العالم سيدي ابو عبد الله محمد بن سليمان الجزولي رحمه الله تعالى الحمد لله الذي هدانا للايمان والاسلام والصلاة والسلام على محمد نبيه ... وبعد فالغرض في هذا الكتاب ذكر الصلاة على النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم وفضائلها اذكرها محذوفة الاسانيد ليسهل حفظها على القاري وهي من اهم المهمات لمن يريد القرب من رب الارباب وسميته بكتاب دلائل الخيرات وشوارق الانوار في ذكر الصلاة على النبي المختار صلى الله عليه وسلم ..."

Explicit:

[al-Ḥizb al-aʻẓam] "اللهم صلى على محمد عبدك ورسولك النبي الامي الذي آمن بك وبكتابك واعطه افضل رحمتك واته الشرف على خلقك يوم القيامة واجزه خير الجزاء والسلام عليه ورحمة الله وبركاته" [Dalāʼil al-khayrāt] "صلى الله على سيدنا محمد خاتم النبيين وامام المرسلين وعلى اله وصحبه وسلم تسليمأ والحمد لله رب العالمين وهو حسبنا ونعم الوكيل"

Colophon:

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Dedication:

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Contents:

1. fol.1a-fol.2a : [assorted prayers, originally blank].
2. fol.2b-fol.32a : al-Ḥizb al-aʻẓam wa-al-wird al-afkham / al-Qārī al-Harawī.
3. fol.32b-fol.37a : [assorted prayers, originally blank].
4. fol.37b-fol.75b : Dalāʼil al-khayrāt wa-shawāriq al-anwār fī dhikr al-ṣalāh ʻalá al-nabī al-mukhtār / al-Jazūlī.
5. fol.76a-fol.77b : [assorted prayers, originally blank].

Physical Details:
Collation:

3 V(30), V-4 (36), V-1 (45), 2 V(65), VI (77) ; chiefly quinions ; catchwords occasionally present (last word of final line recto repeating on following verso) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (skips two pages between pp.1-2, mistakenly repeats p.91, and skips from p.107 to 109).

Layout:

Written in 17 lines per page ; frame-ruled (impression of ruling board evident).

Script:

Naskh influenced by nastaʻlīq ; fine Turkish or Persian hand ; sans serif ; effect of tilt to the right ; words often descending to baseline ; mainly closed counters ; kāf mashkūlah preferred ; horizontal strokes usually in heavier line and often elongated.

Decoration:

Simple illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān) on fol.1b (p.1) and on p.72 (nearly identical) consisting of rectangular piece surmounted by semi-circular (dome) piece ; rectangular piece carries the basmalah in a cartouche defined by flanking accents in gold ; scalloped semi-circular piece carries swirling floral vegetal pattern in white, pink, red and black on a field of gold, outlined in blue and surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue ; headpiece is set in a well of red and gold bands outlined by black fillets with blue and white circular accents ; written area of incipit and facing page bordered in gold frame ; elsewhere written area surrounded by red rule-border ; textual dividers in the form of gold discs ; incomplete diagram showing the tombs of Muḥammad, Abū Bakr and ʻUmar on fol.43a (p.83) ; text rubricated with section headings, keywords, overlining, etc. in red.

Support:

European laid paper with roughly 13 laid lines per cm. (vertical) and chain lines spaced 29 mm. apart (horizontal) ; watermark of grapes with crown above ; staining and smudging.

Binding:

Pasteboards covered in brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap, though now lost) ; pastedowns and flyleaves in a yellow-tinted paper ; upper and lower covers bear fine stamped, red and gold-painted scalloped mandorla with vegetal composition (compare Deroche class. NSd 7) and gold painted accents, along with gold-painted roll border in a series of s-shaped stamps and gold fillets ; sewn in dingy grey thread (once pink?), two stations ; endbands virtually lost, only traces of primaries remain ; in poor condition with abrasion, staining, lifting and detaching of leather (particularly at spine), flap lost, boards exposed and delaminating at corners, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 149. Al-Hizb al-azam, Dalail al-khairat, etc."

Origin:

Lacks dated colophon. Paper would suggest late 18th or early 19th century. Date in seal impression on fol.75b (p.148) provides a rough terminus ante quem of 1846 or 7.


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Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on interior of upper cover, "British Museum, London. No. 149. Al-Hizb al-azam, Dalail al-khairat, etc." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "416" in Western numerals on fol.1a (p.1) ; also on fol.1a (p.1) circular seal impression "مظهر فيض خدا ... محمد يحيى [؟]" ; oval seal impression on fol.2a (p.[]) "السيد عبد الغفور ۱۲٦٤" ; occasional marginal corrections and glosses ; oval seal impression on fol.75b (p.148) "السيد يعقوب ١۲٦۳" ; on fol.77b (p.152) magic square (budūḥ) as treatment for a woman in the throes of hard labor.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

04--Jazūlī, Muḥammad ibn Sulaymān,--d. 1465.--Dalālʼil al-khayrāt.
04--جزولي، محمد بن سليمان،--d. 1465--دلائل الخيرات.

Scribe(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.

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Posted by evyn on March 8, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Tiflis Collection

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Ahmad Nazir Atassi on paragraph 25:

Greetings. I found this volume to contain two books. All other pages are filled with prayers and remedies for the sick using Du’a’ and they do not constitute a book by themselves.

March 26, 2010 1:12 am

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