Imam Reza museum unveils exquisite, ancient book

Imam Reza museum unveils exquisite, ancient book

On the occasion of the birth anniversary of the Prophet (pbuh) of Islam and in the presence of Sunni scholars living on Qeshm Island, Iran, the book “Darj Al-Dorar fi Bayan-e Milad-e Khayr ul-Bashar” was unveiled at Imam Reza (AS) Museum in Mashhad.

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): On the occasion of the birth anniversary of the Prophet (pbuh) of Islam and in the presence of Sunni scholars living on Qeshm Island, Iran, the book “Darj Al-Dorar fi Bayan-e Milad-e Khayr ul-Bashar” was unveiled at Imam Reza (AS) Museum in Mashhad.

This book, composed in technical prose, is one of the most exquisite and ancient manuscripts on the life of the Prophet dating back to the ninth century AH. The work is known for its various historical, literary and artistic aspects.

Written by Asil al-Din Abdullah Vaez Dashtaki Shirazi, one of the famous authors of the ninth century AH, the book includes twelve chapters on the life and conduct of the Prophet (pbuh) in fine prose. The use of Persian and Arabic words and expressions and combinations indicates the author’s skill in both languages.

Darj Al-Dorar fi Bayan-e Milad-e Khayr ul-Bashar (Worthy Words on the Birth of the Good Man of Humanity), being the first manuscript in the libraries of Iran in terms of the date of creation, was copied by Mohammad Mohseni in 980 AH in Nastaliq script in Egypt, and dedicated to Astan Quds Razavi, the body in charge of Imam Reza holy shrine, in 1311 AH by Reza Naini.

Another work that was unveiled at the ceremony was the book “Al-Khasais fi Fadl Ali ibn Abi Talib and Ahl al-Bayt (AS)” (Quality of the Virtues of Ali ibn Abi Talib and the Ahl al-Bayt (AS)) written by Ahmad ibn Ali Nisa’i Shafi’i, one of the great Sunni scholars.

In this work, Nisa’i has collected narrations on Imam Ali’s virtues through the Sunni school of thought. It was written in 21-line Naskh script in the 11th century AH, and the papers sometimes have corrected margins. The work was donated to the AQR library by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution in 1997.

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