My grandfather just gave me a copy of Bahishti Zewar and told me to bury it in the yard.
For context: Bahishti Zewar (translated as ‘Heavenly Ornaments’) is written by Maulana Ahsraf Ali Thanvi and this particular copy is translated by Muhammed Masroor Khan Saroha. Of what I understand, it is a book of guidance particularly written for women, as they don’t study the Hadith/Quran/don’t have access to these things. Or at least that’s what I have been told.
I am saving this copy. For purely research reasons. I suspect that my grandfather wants it buried (and not just thrown out) is that it may have the Prophet’s name/may have verses of the Quran etc. But I want to study it, simply because I know that (or have been told so, anyway), that this book is widely read by many is South Asia, and is considered “very authentic” as a reference source. So, when the time comes, I want to study it and see exactly how the religious beliefs (in terms of Islam, probably just Sunni Islam), has been shaped in this part of the world.
Should be interesting. Thoughts?
Wait…is it old or something? Why does he want it buried anyway?