A manuscript from Aceh, Sumatra, containing a range of prayers and religious texts written in Arabic, Malay and Acehnese, dating from the 19th century.
Who owned this manuscript?
The manuscript contains a selection of texts, written by a number of different scribes, which have been bound together with a red cloth cover. The volume is enclosed in a leather wrapper, and on the inside of this is inscribed the name of the owner, Abdullah, son of Abdul Rashid, of Tanoh Abee. Tanoh Abee is the site of a very famous Islamic boarding school or madrasah, known as dayah in Aceh, which educates boys and girls in religious studies.
Why is it important?
It is important to remember that for thousands of Muslims all over the world, simple books such as this contained the most important religious texts needed to regulate daily life. For example, this manuscript contains a selection of prayers, including prayers to be read for the dead, and instructions on how to prepare a corpse for a Muslim burial.
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- Article by:
- Amjad M Hussain
- Islam, Devotional texts
Prayer is one of the five pillars of Islam. This article by Dr Amjad Hussain explains common features of Islamic prayer, such as the call to prayer, daily timings and the direction of prayer. He also explores the linguistic, geographic and sectarian diversity of prayer in Islam.