6. A Study on Mawlid Literature in TamilNadu : Special Reference to the Anthology Withriyya
The poetical works chiefly written on Holy Prophet's birth, life, Miracles and etiquettes are termed as Mawlid Literature. Sadaqatullah is credited with being the first scholar to disseminate the Mawlid Literature in India, that in Arabia. In addition, he has contributed many anthologies of poems to this Mawlid Literature. Tamil scholars have composed Mawlids in abundance on the Holy Prophet of Islam. There are 70 long Mawlids on the Holy Prophet are available for reference. Withriyyah is one of the most famous compositions. It is a work by Sadaqathullah Appa (1632-1703) on the Holy Prophet. It is widely recited in TamilNadu. It is held in very high esteem and is considered to be one of the few finest compositions ever produced. The purpose of this article is to discuss the development of Mawlid literature in Tamil Nadu and the composition of Withriyyah poetry.