A Letter to Malam Ƙalarawi (Wasiƙa zuwa ga Malam Lawan Ƙalarawi)

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Title A letter to Malam Ƙalarawi (Wasiƙa zuwa ga Malam Lawan Ƙalarawi)
Author or Owner Isa Kano (author), Umar Falke (owner)
Subject Social Matters, Religion, Jurisprudence, Clerics, Ƙalarawi, Kano, Naming Ceremony, Prayer
Content This one-page manuscript is an undated letter addressed to a prominent Islamic cleric in Kano, known as Malam Lawan Ƙalarawi, who died in December 1999. The letter concerns the naming ceremony of the author’s new-born baby boy and also whether it is allowed to pray behind someone who practices qabḍu (holding hands to the chest during prayers). The writer begins and ends with a prayer. The author asked about, among other things, how to perform the ritual naming ceremony for a child born during a war. This manuscript is an example of how Hausa people utilize Ajami for personal correspondence. It exemplifies how  people shared knowledge and engaged in intellectual discussions in Muslim West Africa.
Genre Prose
Language Hausa
Script Hausa Ajami
Manuscript condition 1 leaf. 12 x 18 cm. // 2 pp. of text.
Condition: Text vocalized.
Type Handwritten
Publisher Unpublished
Provenance Kano, Nigeria
Source Reference Isa Kano, “Wasiƙa zuwa ga Malam Lawan Qala al-Rawi” (nd). Courtesy of Northwestern University Libraries. Click here for the source link.
Access condition and copyright These materials are subject to copyright and are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 4.0 License, which permits non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. For use, distribution or reproduction beyond these terms, contact Professor Fallou Ngom (fngom@bu.edu).
Contributors Jennifer J Yanco, Mustapha Hashim Kurfi, Garba Zakari, Lori de Lucia, Babacar Dieng, Rebecca Shereikis, Daivi Rodima-Taylor, Alison Parker, Mark Lewis, Shawn Provencal, Eric Schmidt.
Required citation information Fallou Ngom (PI), Daivi Rodima-Taylor, Jennifer Yanco,  Mustapha Hashim Kurfi, Garba Zakari, Babacar Dieng, and Rebecca Shereikis. 2022. “A Letter to Malam Ƙalarawi.”  http://sites.bu.edu/nehajami/the-four-languages/hausa/hausa-manuscripts/falke-0718-wasika-zuwa-ga-malam-lawan-kalarawi/


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