The first folio in Persian, contains the information that the prayers in this manuscript were to be read aloud to a nobleman in the city of Ghaznah in the middle of Sha'ban in the year 602. There is a prediction of calamity and plague. The author asks the unnamed nobleman to spread this prayer around the world so that God would keep their troubles away.
The rest of the manuscript is in Arabic and contains prayers, including some hadith, and anecdotes. This is a very early and rare manuscript. Ghaznah had been one of the most important political and cultural centres of the eastern Islamic world during the 10th to 12th centuries. In the year 1206 it was held by one of the Ghurids' slave commanders, Taj al-Din Yildiz, who was subsequently supplanted by the Khwarazmshahs, prior to the sacking of the city by Genghis Khan's mongols after 1221.