Below the bismallah in large letters are verses which the story of the owner of the scroll. He was a hat-maker (kolah-duz) from Mashhad who having been on pilgrimage to Mecca, Najaf, and Baghdad ended up in Isfahan with his brother. He worked there, in the Qaysariyya bazaar, earning himself a reputation until he became famous and hat-maker to the Shah himself. At some point however, he was struck with the desire to move back to Mashhad, where he took to a life of poverty and asceticism. The text is imbued with mystical language – the scribe claims that while he is no qutb, he has a knowledge of mystical states, and that when the Shah looked at him, a door to the world of mysteries (ghayb) opened. The poem ends with a prayer for the Shah.
Below this is the certification in ta'liq hand that Dervish Haji Muhammad Tahir Mashhadi was a pilgrim and performed a prayer for the longevity of the state at the shrine of Imam 'Ali al-Riza on … Muharram AH 1099 [November-December 1687 AD]. It is stamped with the seal impression, presumably of a functionary at the shrine.