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Khāk-e Mosallā chronogram

The inscription said to once have been etched on the tomb of Hāfez, the Hāfeziyye, city of Shirāz. It is not found on the present structure.

The Hāfeziyye, 1901 or 1902, photo by Mirzā Hassan `Akkāsbāshi
The Hāfeziyye, 1901 or 1902, photo by Mirzā Hassan `Akkāsbāshi source

Learn the VOCABULARY for this verse             
       The last line of verse contains a chronogram in khāk-e mosallā  

The light of the spiritual people, Master Hāfez

Who was a candle of the light of manifestation [of God]

When (it was that) he made his abode in the soil of the Place of Worship

Seek its date from the Earth of Mosallā
چراغِ اهلِ معنا خواجه حافظ  
که شمعی بود از نورِ تجلّیٰ  
چو در خاک مصلّیٰ ساخت منزل  
بجو تاریخش از خاک مصلّیٰ  
Built on an existing system for Hebrew, Syriac, Aramaic and Greek, the additional Arabic letters were added on the [left] end. The groupings of letters don't have any meaning, they're just a memory aid. However, if you hear the two "he"s being distinguished as "he-ye hotti" (ح) and "he-ye havvaz" (ه), now you know what is meant. Sometimes a poem will contain a chronogram, that is, the numerical sum of the letters of a word will add up to a special number, often a date which may be the year the poem was composed.
  لا ضظغ ثَخَذ قَرَشَت سَعَفَص کَلَمَن حُطّی هَوَّز اَبْجَد  
  10,000 1000 900 800 700 600 500 400 300 200 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10  9 8 6 5 4 3 2 1  
Add up the value of the letters in the chronogram
  خاک مصلّی
  خ 600
  ‍ا‍ 1
  ک 20
  م‍ 40
  ص 90
  ‍ ل 30
  ی 10
  TOTAL of numbers added together:  
Your TOTAL is a date. Convert it from the Lunar Hijra calender to Gregorian here:

Your answer: __________ C.E. or A.D.

Now plug HAFEZ and your DATE into google and find out what legend says happened that year.


Reference:  G. Windfuhr (article, "Spelling the Mystery of Time" p. 404) and E.G. Browne (v. 2, p. 76-77)

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