Detailed Description:Handwritten Maghrebi double sided Arabic leaf from a manuscript that includes Muhammad al-Jazuli’s Dala’il al Khayrat wa Shawariq al-Anwar. The text sends salutations on Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ), It is North African, probably from Talmason, circa 1790. There are variable lines to the page written in Maghribi script, written by bin Suleyman bin Yacoub al-Najjar, at Talmasan, with titles and significant words picked out in various colors.. The leaf is in good condition. ____________________
Item Number: 615
Manuscript Leaflet: Muhammad al-Jazuli’s Dala’il al Khayrat wa Shawariq al-Anwar
Frame: Dark brown wood
The Dala’il al-Khayrat is the first major book in Islamic history which compiled litanies of peace and blessings upon the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ). It is also the most popular and most universally acclaimed collection of litanies asking God to bless him. Among some Sunni religious orders, most notably the Shadhili-Jazuli order, its recitation is a daily practice. The work begins with the ninety nine names of God, and then the a collection of over one hundred names of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ). It is popular in parts of the Islamic world amongst traditional Muslims - specifically North Africa, the Levant, Turkey, the Caucasus and the South Asia and is divided into sections for daily recitation.
The legend behind the origin of the Dala’il al-Khayrat claims that al-Jazuli once awoke late for his morning prayers and began to look in vain for pure water to perform ritual ablutions. In the midst of his search al-Jazuli encountered a young girl who was aware of al-Jazuli's famed religiosity and was bewildered on why al-Jazuli could not find pure water. The girl then spat into a well which miraculously overflowed with pure sweet water for al-Jazuli to perform ablutions. Consequent to performing prayer, al-Jazuli inquired to the means by which the girl achieved such a high spiritual station. The girl replied it was simply by "Making constant prayer for God to bless the best of creation by the number of breaths and heartbeats." Al-Jazuli then resolved to write a work collecting litanies of prayers asking God to bless and show mercy and kindness to Muhammad (ﷺ).
Al-Jazuli then moved east to Medina where he would recite the whole of the Dala’il al-Khayrat twice daily at the Prophet Muhammad's (ﷺ) grave in Al-Masjid an-Nabawi. The Dala'il Khayrat has since been seen as a testament of love and passionate longing for Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ).