Hālatunnabi

Hālatunnabi is a popular text in the Muslim community of the Śilcar region. According to the poet, the text in manuscript form was completed in 1262 Bengli 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 Persian texts on which he has based his narration.

The original printed volume is undated. It measures 210mm x 130mm and has been stitched together with red thread. The main text appears on pages 65-204, and these are all that have been copied. The original volume is missing the title page.

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