Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Persian MS 94 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Persian Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: Contains two texts. Text I : الرساله العلیه فی الاحادیث النبویه composed by Ḥusayn Vāʻiẓ Baihaqi al-Kāshifī .The work contains 40 traditions divided into eight parts, called asl اسل (pillar), treating eight basic Islamic issues. Kāshifī dedicated this work on f. 2r to Abi al-Ma‘alī ‘All al-Mukhtar al-Nisabah al-‘Ubaid. Text II: An untitled account of the mode of life, miracles and utterances of the Sufi saint, Shaikh Abdullah B. Mir Muzaffar al-Husaini al-Tirmizi (d. A. H. 1025/A. D. 1616 or 1035/1626), father of Mir Muhammad Salih Kashfī Tirmiz̲ī, d. 1650, or 1651. He was a celebrated calligrapher for which he received from Akbar, Emperor of Hindustan, 1542-1605 the title of Mushkin Qalam. He is the author of five masnavi poems; in his poetry he used the takhallus of Vaṣfî. The present work, is seemingly written after his death by one of the desciples of the Shaikh.
Colophon: The author states that he accomplished the composition in 875 144v زهشتسد قرون بود هفتاد وپنج / که گشتیم از این نقد گنجینه سنج..
Incipit: (beginning) 2r الحمدالله الذی زین سماء شرف السیادت بانوار اثار سنن سید السند الامین وجعل مصابیح احادیثه العالیه مطالع انوار شمس الملة والدین...
Language(s): Persian
1. 2v
Title: در توحید و ایمان و اسلام ونعمت وصفت اولیا

On oneness, faith and Islam, description and epithet of saints

2. 21v
Title: در عبادت و آنچه متعلق بدانست

On Divine worship and what goes with it

3. 43v
Title: درفضائل قران ودعوات و اذکار

On virtues of the Quran, prayers and praises of God

4. 55v
Title: درمکارم اخلاق وفضایل آن

On excellencies and virtues of moral

5. 81v
Title: در اوص

On wickedness and vileness of [ill] dispositions

6. 94v
Title: در اوصاف ردیه و رضایل اخلاق

On the manners of the royal

7. 104v
Title: درآنچه تعلق بازمنه و امکنه والبسه واطعمنه واشربه دارد

On whatever relates to times, places, clothes, food and drink

8. 125v
Title: دراحادیث متفرقه

Miscellaneous traditions


A critical edition of Risālat al-ʻaliyyah fi al-aḥādith al-nabawiyyah was produced by Jalāl al-Dīn Ḥusaynī Muḥaddis̲ Urmavī, Jalāl al-Dīn Ḥusaynī‏ , and published by Bungāh-i Tarjumah va Nashr-i Kitāb‏, Tehran (Iran) in Hijri-shamsi 1344 .
Incipit: (beginning) فایضه روزی ولایت علم عبدالله شکین قلم قدس سره رو بسوی موالف کرده فرمود در ایام شباب اکثر مطالعه تذکره الاولیا مینمودم..الخ
Language(s): Persian


For a similar work, titled Fatih al-Qulub, see Ethe, 10 650. Examples of Shaikh Abdullah bin Mīr Muẓaffar al-Ḥusainī al-Tirmizī (d. A. H. 1025/A. D. 1616 or 1035/1626)'s calligraphy are availabe in the John Rylands Library, Indian Drawings No. 5.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 188 folios, 3 fly-leaves, text 1 from 1 v to 144v, text 2 from 145v to 188r
Dimensions (leaf): 172 × 112 mm.
Dimensions (written):


slightly wormeaten and water stained


Text 1, 17 lines to the page. double ruled in with gold and blue table of contents f. 2v

Text 2, 10 lines to the page


Fine nasta‘līq, written in black ink, rubrics in red

Additions: Catchwords on every verso page, in text 2 mostly being cut out in the process of combining this treatise with text 1.


Bound in dark brown calf leather

Title, in Latin, on the spine RISALAT AL ALIYAH.


Origin: Text 1 dated 982 AH. Text 2 undated but estimated mid 18th century AH

Provenance and Acquisition

Formerly part of the collection of the Persian scholar Nathaniel Bland (1803-1865). Bland’s oriental manuscripts were sold through Bernard Quaritch in 1866 to Alexander Lindsay, 25th Earl of Crawford.

Purchased by Enriqueta Rylands, on behalf of the John Rylands Library, in 1901 from James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford.

Record Sources

Bibliographical description based on an index created by Reza Navabpour circa 1993. Identification of provenance based on manuscript catalogue by Michael Kerney, circa 1890s.


The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader, see Becoming a Reader for details. Please contact uml.special-collections@manchester.ac.uk for further information on the availability of this manuscript.

Funding of Cataloguing

Iran Heritage Foundation and The John Rylands Research Institute


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