Ya Allah, Bismillah-ar Rahman ar-Rahim. Mah-e ramazan rasid khurram shad/ Bar hama dustan mubarak bad/ Ay pidar-e mihrban bedeh eidi/ Ta biyabam zi ilm-e ganj murad.
(The month of Ramzan has happily arrived/ May it be auspicious for all friends/ O kind father, give me eidi/ So that I can obtain my desire of the treasure of knowledge.)
An Eidi message written and drawn in ink on yellowed paper. Barabanki, Avadh, Uttar Pradesh. Mid-19th century.
From Asad Kidwai, New Delhi. Translation from Persian by Sunil Sharma.
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