The Natural Philosophy Of AhleSunant Wal Jamaat www. Page 2. The Natural Philosophy Of AhleSunant Wal Jamaat. Hujwiri’s Kashf al-Mahjub. Proof of His Impressionability from Different Leaders and Sources. Abstract. The present paper will acquaint the reader with the life of . CHAPTER XI of Kashf al-Mahjub. by the Gnostic Ali Hujwiri . `Amr ibn `Uthman al- Makki, who shows great zeal on his behalf (andar amr-i way ba-jidd bashad), .

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God in His kindness hath barred the way of error against His friends.

When faith is settled in the heart, praise and contentment accompany mhajub, not covetousness and heedlessness. One of the oldest Sufi works in Persian, it is a substantial treatise aiming to set fo Al-Hujwiri came from Ghazna, now in Afghanistan, then the capital of the mighty Ghaznavid Empire. Some hold that it is improper to sew the patch on neatly and accurately, and that the needle should be drawn through the cloth at random, 1 and that no trouble should be taken.

These are two sound principles. Abu Bakr is the foremost of all mankind after the prophets, and it is not permissible that anyone should take hujwirj of him, for he set voluntary poverty above compulsory poverty.

The Kashf Al-Mahjub : The Oldest Persian Treatise on Sufism

This closeness to the title of the whole work is in itself indicative of the prominent role of the chapters in this section. On the other hand, when persons of true spirituality and insight have visions, they make no effort to describe them, and do not occupy themselves with self-admiration on that account, and are careless of praise and blame alike, and are undisturbed by denial and belief.

When the heart is cleared of all except Godpoverty is not better than wealth nor is wealth better than poverty. The most remarkable chapter in the Kashf al-Mahjtib is the fourteenth, “Concerning the Doctrines held by the different sects of Sufis,” in which the author enumerates twelve mystical 1 The author s view as to the worthlessness of outward forms of religion is expressed with striking boldness in his chapter on the Pilgrimage pp. I laid this to heart, and it restrained me from many ill deeds.


Since arriving is non-accomplishment, occupation is superfluous trouble, and freedom from occupation is idleness, and in either case the principle of union wusul is non-existence, for both occupation and its opposite are human qualities.

The Kashf Al-Mahjub (the Revelation of the Veiled): An Early Persian Treatise on Sufism by الهجویری

Kashf al-Mahjub of al-Hajvari. He was specially distinguished by sagacity and resolution, and is the author of many fine sayings on Sufiism. Abi Talib may God be pleased with them all! Harun offered him a purse of a thousand dinars, saying, Use the money for some purpose of thine own. On the mahujb hand, my MS. God save us from lack of fairness! Furthermore, in another work, entitled Minhaj I have spoken majhub his life from beginning to end; and now I have given some account of him in this place.

The two condemned sects are, firstly, the Hululis [1], who mhajub their name from the doctrine of incarnation hulul and incorporation imtizajand with whom are connected the Salimi sect of anthropomorphists [2] and secondly, the Hallajis, who have abandoned the sacred law and have adopted heresy, and with whom are connected the Ibahatis [3] and the Farisis [4]. Substances accidents, elements, bodies, forms, and properties all these are veils of Divine mysteries.

If God will, we shall mention in this work, for your information, the points wherein they have fallen into error. The whole world is afflicted by these three items, and personal initiative therein keeps us in a state of distraction mashghuli while we make majub to procure them.

The Kashf Al-Mahjub (the Revelation of the Veiled): An Early Persian Treatise on Sufism

A certain Shaykh relates that one night he dreamed of the Prophet and said to him: He has handed down relations which are held in high esteem by Traditionists, and he is the author of lofty sayings concerning the verities of Sufiism and Divine Knowledge. Therefore one should cling to trouble of any description that involves contemplation and intimacy. They have never been addicted to frivolity and levity. When we knocked at the door, he cried, Who is there? Abu Hafs Haddad of Nishapur says: He was one of the principal Sufis scholastic theologians mutakalliman.


The latter possess the Truth and are without conceit, whereas the former possess conceit and are without the Truth. The doctrine in question is opposed to that of all the Sufi Shaykhs, but is commonly attributed to the Sufis in general by people who have heard it and embraced it.

But in saying that it seems that a lot of Sufi’s in their state of rapture or ecstasy did not seem to have any sense of conventional behaviour. Hasan of Basra says further: Afterwards he returned to Kufa, where he associated with Abu Hanifa. Suddenly he called out, ” Bring my patched frock. True renunciation of mankind is impossible until thou hast renounced thyself.

On seeing this, all the Egyptians felt remorse and repented of the injustice which they had done to him. I remember when reading two of Ibn Arabi’s great works, coming to the conclusion that the inner world and theosophy of a Sufi saint can never really be properly understood.

Hence this world is even as the next world in their eyes, and the next world even as this world, because tranquillity of heart demands two things, either attainment of one s aim or indifference to the object of one s desire.

My aim, however, in the present work is not to relate sayings, but to elucidate the difficulties of Sufiism. One day the Shaykh with a number of friends came to visit him.