Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1086 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

ʻAyn al-maqṣūd fī taḥqīq al-vujūd by Muḥammad Imdād al-ʻAlī al-Amrūhvī


Summary of Contents: Commentary by Muḥammad Imdād al-ʻAlī al-Amrūhvī on a short work on Divine Unity by Muḥammad Fakhr al-Islām Ṣādiqī Quddūsī , who is described as a descendant of Muḥammad Sādiq, himself descended from ʻAbd al-Quddūs Gangūhī (d.1537).
Incipit: الحمد لله الذی خلق السماوات والارض و جعل الظلمات و النور. ثم الذین کفروا بربهم یعدلون.
Explicit: هر مقام را علوم و معارف جدا است و هر حال را قاعده علیحده. پس فی الحقیقه تدافع و تناقض در علوم نباشد و در رنگ نسخ احکام شرعیه است. فلا تکن من الممترین و صلی الله تعالی علی سیدنا محمد و آله و سلم.
Colophon: انتها قد حصل الفراغ من تحریر هذا الشرح و ملحقاته فی غرة شهر الربیع الاول من سنة الستین بعد الالف و الماتین به انعام المنعم العلی العظیم و کان تاریخ اتمامه فضل الحی الکریم سنه ۱۲۶۰ ...
Colophon: Completed on the first of Rabīʻ al-avval 1260 (21 March 1844). The date is given in a chronogram and in numbers, added between the lines in the text.

The author gives his full name as Muḥammad Imdād ʻAlī Amrūhvī Qurayshī, and associates himself with the Naqshbandī Mujaddidī order (f. 3r). He often quotes his father Shāh Muḥammad Ḥayāt.

This work includes some letters (Maktūbāt) of Aḥmad Sirhindī, beginning on f. 87v.

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: ff. ii+105+i
Dimensions (leaf): 217 × 130 mm.
Dimensions (written): 160 × 80 mm.

India Office stamped foliation.




Slightly worm-eaten and damp-stained.


Varying, approximately 14 lines per page.

A few leaves have diagonal writing. e.g. f. 11v, 12r.


Nasta’liq, in black ink with the first word of some sections and punctuation in red. Occasional interlinear translation of Arabic terms.


Comments, glossary and additions in the margins.

Marginal additions and the first part of the work have been checked and approved (صح, and on f. 87r, صحیح البیاض).

Folio 104v contains a list of books that were borrowed by various notable persons, such as Mawlavī Karīm Allāh . The list includes a translation of the Quran and a 3 volume collection on grammar.


Three-quarter leather board binding covered with blue fabric.


Black Government of India Delhi MSS oval stamp (ff. 1r, 103v).


Origin: 1 Rabīʻ al-avval 1260 AH (21 March 1844) India

Provenance and Acquisition

Owned, or borrowed, by Mawlavī Muḥammad Ḥasan Ṣāḥib (f. 1r)

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

Acquired by the Government of India in1876

Record Sources

Based on A.J. Arberry's description in Drafts for Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. III, MSS Eur E207/3, f. 25r, and R. Levy 's description, Mss Eur E207/13, f. 3r. Revised by Sheida Heydarishovir


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