Hālatunnabi

Hālatunnabi is a popular text in the Muslim community of the Sonāi, Cāchār region in Āssām. According to the poet, the text in manuscript form was completed in 1262 Bengali Era (1853 Common Era). It narrates, in 'Payār' and 'Tripodi' verse, the story of Creation and writes in detail the life of the prophet Muhammad and his ascension to heaven. It gives a vivid description of hell.

The text reflects an expert handling of Islamic genealogical accounts. Significantly, the poet shows a concern for accuracy and refers to the Arabic and Pesian texts on which he has based his narration.

The original volume is an undated, printed book measuring 683mm x 138mm. The title page is missing. The main text is found on pages 19-280, and that is all that has been copied. Some of the pages are badly torn.

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