Taken from the Prophetic Biography of Sharaf’ul Anaam by the scholar Ahmad bin Ali al-Maalikii of Constantinople.
This complete text together with the songs take 90 minutes to recite, excluding speeches if any. In Tareem, it is read only for annual based gatherings at the mosques. Mostly those that begin at dawn (fajr or ishraaq) and some before dusk (asar).
My grandmother who recently passed away, may Allah have mercy on her soul, said that as a child in Singapore she, her sisters, female cousins, neighbours and friends, and their mothers and their grandmothers and so forth, would get together and recite this same text at midday on Fridays when the men were at the mosque.
She said some other families prefer the Prophetic Biography of Imam al-Barzanji.
In Tareem, for their Friday midday gig, the women here prefer the Burdah of Imam al-Busiri. If there are more readers than those cooking, they’d do so in the hall. If there are more that have to cook, the readers would go to the kitchen to conduct it there. This way no one will be left out.
At the mosque or home, Singapore, Tareem or elsewhere, this generation or that era, ladies or boys, Prophetic effect brought people together.
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