al-ʿUmdah fi Sharḥi al-Burdah (A worthy commentary for Ode of the Mantle)


The entire manuscript is available for download as a single PDF file. Higher-resolution images may be available upon request. For technical assistance, please contact Fieldwork Team: Dr. Mustapha Hashim Kurfi (Principal Investigator), Malam Umar Hajji Mustapha (Local Project Manager) and Abdullahi Mohammed (General Field Facilitator). Technical Team: Prof. Fallou Ngom (Director African Studies Center), and Eleni Castro (Technical Lead, BU Libraries). This collection of Yoruba Anjemi materials are copied as part of the African Studies Center’s African Ajami Library. Access Condition and Copyright: These materials are subject to copyright. All rights reserved to the author. For use, distribution or reproduction contact Professor Fallou Ngom ( Citation: Materials in this web edition should be cited as: Kurfi, Mustapha Hashim, Ngom, Fallou, and Castro, Eleni (2019). African Ajami Library: Digital Preservation of Yoruba Anjemi Materials of Southwestern Nigeria. Boston: Boston University Libraries: For Inquiries: Please contact Professor Fallou Ngom ( and Condition: This manuscript is owned by the Markaz Ihyahil Islam Abayawo, Ilorin – Nigeria, an institution which propagates, teaches, and popularizes Yoruba Anjemi knowledge. Al-ʿUmdah Yoruba Anjemi manuscript has 63 pages, and is numbered using Arabic numerals. This Yoruba Anjemi manuscript is in good condition and has the name of the translator, al-Ḥājj Ibrahim bn al-Ḥājj Abubakar Yusuf, along with the date of publication of 1435 A.H. / 2013 C.E.This manuscript titled al-ʿUmdah fi Sharḥi al-Burdah, can be roughly translated as "A Worthy Commentary for Ode of the Mantle," and is also known as al-ʿUmdah for short. It is a thirteenth-century ode of praise for the Islamic Prophet Muhammad composed by the eminent Sufi mystic Imam al-Busiri of Egypt. The original poem was reported to be entitled al-Kawākib ad-dhurriyya fī Madḥ Khayr al-Bariyya (The Celestial Lights in Praise of the Best of Creation), and was entirely in praise of the Prophet and is famous especially among Sunni Muslims. This Yoruba Anjemi translated version of the al-Burdah is accompanied by commentary in Yoruba. The result is a small bound book of 63 pages. As with all Islamic praise poems, al-ʿUmdah contains panegyric poems of Prophet Muhammad, commending the Prophet of Islam, portraying his pious characterstics, describing his distinctive attributes, and exploring the light that he has brought to humanity.The contents of this collection were developed with support of the Title VI National Resource Center grant # P015A180164 from the U.S. Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government

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