Kashf-ul-Mahjoob (کشف المحجوب), or Kashf al-Mahjub, is the first ever Persian book written on the philosophy and practice of Tasawwuf (Islamic. The Kashf al-Mahjub (The Revelation of the Veiled) of Ali b. ‘Uthman al-Jullabi Hujwiri. An early Persian Treatise on Sufism (Old) (Persian Edition) (Persian). Editorial Reviews. About the Author. translated by Reynold A Nicholson : The Kashf al-Mahjub (The Revelation of the Veiled) of Ali b. ‘ Uthman.

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If he had walked by himself, his attributes must have been subsistent, and such a one may either miss or hit the mark; but inasmuch as he was carried by the Apostle, his attributes must have been non-existent while he was sustained by the living attributes of the Apostle. Thou art only a servant who has received His orders, and I am the same. I had not the heart to do so, but placed them in my house and came to him and told him that I had carried out his order.

CHAPTER XI of Kashf al-Mahjub

The young man fell into a sickness. If you acknowledge the mqhjub of both these state ments you are excused for condemning the patched kaxhf. Although a man should keep his heart sincere for a thousand years, it is not sincerity until his sincerity is combined with action; and although he should perform external actions for a thousand years, his actions do not become acts of devotion until they are combined with sincerity.

I knew that God had sent it arid that I should be saved in this way. He died, however, of the wounds inflicted on that occasion.

The Kashf al-mahjúb, the oldest Persian treatise on Súfiism

All the evidences of the Truth subsist in the heart, yet only the name of it is to be found. His own hands were fettered, but another hand appeared and tied it. When he leaves off sitting with the poor in order to associate with the rich, his heart becomes dead to supplication niyaz and his body is caught in the toils of covetousness az. Yahya held the doctrine that wealth is superior to poverty. He was one of the great men of Khurasan, and the Saints of God are unanimously agreed that he was one of the Awtad.


The people of Nishapur set up a pulpit that he might discourse to them on Sufism. He was deeply versed in all the sciences and unrivalled in jurisprudence fiqh ; but he went into seclusion and turned his back on authority, and took the path of asceticism and piety.

In spite of all this he would not say that the Koran was created. Mystical controversies and current opinions are illustrated where many are clarified by presenting his experiences. He asked her whence kadhf came.

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 ap belief.

The heart that shuns the society of God knows nothing of faith, since faith is intimate with God and averse to associate with aught else.

Undoubtedly, he was in search of spiritual perfection. My Shaykh had further traditions concerning him, but I could not possibly set down more than this andar waqt-i man diqi bud u bish az in mumkin na-shudmy books having been left at Ghazna — may God guard it! In his time he was an approved teacher and a careful guardian of his disciples.

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On seeing this, Sari gave all that he possessed to the poor and took the path of Sufism. In consequence of this dream I have great hopes for myself and also for the people of my country. At first he used to practise brigandage between Merv and Baward, but he was always inclined to piety, and invariably showed a generous and magnanimous zl, so that he would not attack a caravan in which there was any woman, or take the property of anyone whose stock was small; and he let the travellers keep a portion of their property, according to the means of each.


They are the luminaries of love and prosperity on the spiritual sky of Khorasan. I have read in the Anecdotes that once Nuri stood in his chamber for three days and nights, never moving from his place or ceasing to wail.

He is the author of books on rules of discipline and ethics. This is the reason why Moinuddin Chishti Ajmeri, a chief saint of the Chishti orderonce stated that an aspiring murid disciple one who does not yet have a murshid spiritual mastershould read Ali Hujwiri ‘s book Kashf ul-Mahjoob, as that would temporarily guide him spiritually.

Shaykh Muhammad Umar Mujaddidi Naqshbandi As is well known, Junayd refused to discourse to his disciples so long as Sari was alive, until one night he dreamed that the Apostle said to him: He was the chief Shaykh of Baghdad in his time. This is a widely spread disease at the present time. He was the first who explained the doctrine of annihilation fana and subsistence baqa. Consequently, they must have been miracles, and miracles are vouchsafed only to a true saint. Recognizing this, the friends of God behold in every gift and benefit the Giver and Benefactor.

In reality knowledge is greater than action, because it is possible to know God by means of knowledge, but impossible to attain to Him by means of action. Urdu Translation by Abdur-Rauf Faruqi.

One of his disciples said to him: He was renowned for his mortifications and for his convincing eluci dation of mystical truths. The completed portion is widely circulated among theologians.