View of the outside of the Prophet’s tomb, from a copy of al-Jazuli’s Dala’il al-khayrat on Collections Sphere from Khalili Collections
One of the most popular works of prayer in the Islamic world, the Dala’il al-khayrat (full title, Dala’il al-khayrat wa shawariq al-anwar fi dhikr al-salat ‘ala al-nabi al-mukhtar), was composed by a native of Sus, Abu ‘Abdallah Muhammad ibn Sulayman ibn Abu Bakr al-Jazuli (d. 1645). The work consists of prayers for the Prophet, together with his epithets, and a description of his tomb.
This manuscript was copied by al-hajj Isma‘il al-Fathi, a pupil of Sulayman al-Shaykhi, and dated AH 1193 (AD 1779–80). The depiction of the grille around the Prophet’s tomb, with the sitarah hanging behind it is perhaps the most realistic depiction found in such manuscripts; the explanatory text below the image is not part of the original text of the Dala’il.