Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 95A (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Miscellaneous works on Sufism, 13 items (a-m)


Summary of Contents: Fine copy of a miscellaneous collection of works on Sufism and the Prophet Muḥammad, transcribed by Sayyid Muḥammad Nuʿmān Ḥasanī, a student and associate of the famous muḥaddis̲ of Dihlī, Shāh Valī Allāh(d. 1175/1762), according to items j and k. Volume not dated; item h dated (1157/1744-5), suggesting the volume was probably created in Delhi. Neat scribal naskh anticipating the style of Aḥmad Nayrīzī, mostly by the same scribe; Arabic quotations overlined in red ink, and occasional annotations in nastaʿlīq. Extensive annotations. Not foliated. Lacking original covers. Damaged and detached boards of different styles and origins: 1) tooled brown leather (injured by wormholes), 2) brown marbled paper over paste board Additional internal paper dust wrapper (list names of religious scholars under the dates November 1826-February 1830); torn and stained. Folios unbound; water stains, wormholes, later repairs. Condition fragile.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

1. f. 1v
Language(s): Arabic and Persian

Delhi Persian 95A a.

Untitled Arabic prayer followed by notes in Persian and a vifq al-aʿdād or magic square (four by four).

Not dated at end.

Rough naskh and nastaʿlīq.

2. f. 2

Delhi Persian 95A b.

Untitled miscellaneous medical preparations partially in Pashtu and Persian.

Not dated.

Language(s): Pashtu, Persian and Arabic
3. f. 3r

Delhi Persian 95A c.

Untitled Arabic prayer preceded by brief notes on its properties in Persian.

Not dated at end.

Arabic in naskh with Persian annotations in nastaʿlīq.

Language(s): Arabic and Persian
4. ff. 3v-4r

Delhi Persian 95A d.

Brief untitled essay on jurisprudential opinions on the witnessing of adultery, concluding with a tradition quoted from the collection of ṣaḥīḥ or authentic prophetic traditions by Abū al-Ḥusayn Muslim ibn al-Ḥajjāj al-Qushayrī al-Nayshāpūrī(d. 261/875).

Not dated at end.

Neat nastaʿlīq with Arabic quotes in naskh.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
5. f. 5r

Delhi Persian 95A e.

Two untitled Arabic prayers introduced with short Persian headings explaining their function.

Not dated at end.

Language(s): Arabic and Persian
6. f. 5v

Delhi Persian 95A f.

Arabic prayer attributed to the Prophet ʿĪsá or Jesus the son of Mary.

Not dated at end.

Rounded naskh.

Language(s): Arabic
7. f. 6r

Delhi Persian 95A g.

Untitled Arabic tradition on the Sufi saint, Ibrāhīm ibn Adham(d. circa 777).

Not dated at end.

Rough naskh.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
8. ff. 6v-247v

Delhi Persian 95A h.

Sufi treatise translating into Persian and expanded with the commentary of Sayyid Muḥammad Fāz̤il ibn Muḥammad ʿĀrif Safīdunī Dihlavī Madanī on the famous Arabic work on traditions associated with the mission and praise of the Prophet Muḥammad, the Dalāʾil al-khayrāt va shavāriq al-anvār fī z̲ikr al-ṣalāt ʿalá al-Nabī al-Mukhtār by Saʿīd Abū ʿAbd Allāh Muḥammad ibn Sulaymān al-Jazūlī al-Simlānī al-Shāz̲ilī(d. 870/1465), the great ‘mujaddid’ or renovator of Islam in north Africa and adherent of the ṢanhājīyahSufi Order.

The work was written at the request of his friends and religious associates.

Dated colophon (f. 247v): completed by 1157/1744-5.

Diagram of graves in Jannat al-Baqīʿ(f. 70v).

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
9. f. 247v

Delhi Persian 95A i.

Arabic prayer ascribed to Prophet ʿĪsá or Jesus, according to a ḥadīs̲ tradition related by ʿĀʾishah, wife of the Prophet Muḥammad.

Not dated at end.

Language(s): Arabic
10. ff. 248r-250r

Delhi Persian 95A j.  

Arabic prayer by Abū al-Ḥasan ʿAlī ibn ʿAbd Allāh al-Shāz̲ilī(d. 656/1258).

Colophon (f. 250r): completed by Sayyid Muḥammad Nuʿmān Ḥasanī(see item K).

Rounded naskh.

Dense Arabic and Persian annotations in margins.

Language(s): Arabic and Persian
11. ff. 250v-251v

Delhi Persian 95A k.  

Untitled treatise commenting on the Arabic prayer Ḥizb al-baḥrby Abū al-Ḥasan ʿAlī al-Shāz̲ilī, transcribed by Sayyid Muḥammad Nuʿmān ibn Muḥammad Nūr ibn Muḥammad Hudá ibn Sayyid Muḥammad ʿAlam Allāh al-Ḥasanī, who states that he audited the prayer and its instructions directly from the famous muḥaddis̲ of Dihlī, Shaykh Valī Allāh, that is, Abū al-Fayyāz̤ Quṭb al-Dīn Aḥmad ibn ʿAbd al-Raḥīm(d. 1175/1762).

Not dated at end.

Tight, miniscule shikastah āmīz.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
12. ff. 252r-253r

Delhi Persian 95A l.  

Arabic prayer headed by a brief statement containing the title, by an unnamed author.

Not dated at end.

Neat naskh with vowels indicated.

Language(s): Arabic
13. f. 253v

Delhi Persian 95A m.  

Untitled Pashtu notes comprising a recipe, followed by an excerpt from the Arabic Tarāvīḥprayer recited by Sunnī Muslims in Ramaz̤ān.

Not dated at end.

The annotations and prayer are inverted.

Language(s): Pashtu and Arabic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 253 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 226 × 123 mm.



Origin: 1157 AH (1744/75) Dihli India. Delhi

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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