Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 88 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Miscellaneous prayers, 6 items (a-f)


Summary of Contents: Miscellaneous collection of Arabic prayers and Persian treatises on their properties. Volume note dated. Datable from mid to late eighteenth century. Rough nastaʿlīq and naskh. Annotations in margins. Lacking foliation. Lacking original binding. Binding damaged (combed marble paper with brown leather edging over pasteboards), labels. Folios bound, but detached from spine; water stains, creases, wormholes, later repairs subsequently cropped. Condition fragile.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

1. ff. 1r-1v
Language(s): Arabic and Persian

Delhi Persian 88 a.

Untitled collection of Arabic prayers recited in Shīʿī mortuary prayers, with Persian notes explaining variants to the prayer formula for minors, daughters, or wives.

Not dated at end.

Rough naskh with nastaʿlīq for Persian.

2. ff. 2v-6v

Delhi Persian 88 b.

Brief untitled treatise regarding the litany comprising a thousand-and-one divine names, explaining the chain of transmission from the Prophet Muḥammadthrough Imām Ḥusayn ibn ʿAlī, and the benefits of its recitation.

Not dated at end.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
3. ff. 7r-48r

Delhi Persian 88 c.

Untitled Arabic litany comprising a thousand-and-one divine names, divided into smaller sections termed dah nāmah followed by a few words on related properties, apparently transmitted from the Prophet Muḥammadthrough Imām Ḥusayn ibn ʿAlī.

The prayer combines many phraseological elements common to the famous prayers Duʿāʾ Mujīrand Duʿāʾ Jawshan al-Kabīr.

Not dated at end.

Frequent additions and corrections in margins.

Language(s): Arabic and Persian
4. ff. 48v-49v

Delhi Persian 88 d.

Brief Arabic prayer comprised of the divine litany.

In a cramped note given in the margin at the beginning, the transmitter of this prayer is stated as Shaykh Jān Allāh (?), who transmitted it to ʿAṭāʾ Allāh known as Shaykh Jān Muḥammad [and the late] Shaykh Mīrānjī Ṣiddīqī Qādirī.

Not dated at end.

The prayer is followed by miscellaneous notes on vaẓāʾif or remembrances and the arbaʿīn of the early prophets Mūsá, ʿĪsá, and Dāʾūd.

Language(s): Arabic and Persian
5. ff. 50v-53r

Delhi Persian 88 e.

Arabic prayer apparently extracted from the Kīmiyā-yi saʿādat, the renowned and early compendium on religious and ethical obligations, rituals, and mystical thought by the great Ghaznavid theologian writing from the Shāfiʿī perspective of Sunnī Islam, the ‘Ḥujjat al-Islām’ Abū Ḥāmid Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad al-Ghazzālī al-Ṭūsī(d. 1111).

According to a concluding statement, the prayer was revealed to the Prophet Muḥammadby the Archangel Jibrāʾīl or Gabriel, and that it has fifty special properties.

The work is followed by further notes on virtuous actions and recitations.

Not dated at end.

Language(s): Arabic and Persian
6. ff. 53v-54v

Delhi Persian 88 f.

Treatise commenting and expounding on the tradition of transmission and benefits of the prayer Duʿāʾ-yi Kīmiyā-yi saʿādat(see item e), by an unnamed author.

The present copy preserves eighteen properties out of a possible fifty.

The work is defective at end.

Not dated at end.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 54 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 198 × 123 mm.



Origin: 1750 - 1799 CE ; India

Provenance and Acquisition

Purchased by the Government of India at sale organised by Delhi Prize Agents, 1859; administrative deposit India Office Library, 1876


Government of India


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