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The Kashf al-Mahjub : by Sayyad Ali bin Uthman al-Hujweri Allah be pleased with him , by Prof Reynold Nicholson

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 Paperback -  446 pages       [ Translated by Prof Reynold Nicholson - Printed in India ]

 

Shaykh Abu al-Hasan 'Ali ibn 'Uthman al-Hujwiri al-Ghaznawi Allah be pleased with him was born in a small town in Afghanistan near Ghazni. He came to Lahore in 1039 during the reign of Sultan Mas'ud, son of Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni. In Lahore he would stay until his death in 1073, and such was the gratitude of the people of Lahore for his spiritual gifts that they called him by the simple name of "Data" (meaning "the giver") or else "Data Ganj Bakhsh" ("the giver who bestows treasure"). Few details are known of the life of this man, though he came to exert a significant influence on Muslim spiritual life through his writings, above all the famous Kashf al-Mahjub (The Unveiling of the Concealed).

Kashf al-Mahjub was the first comprehensive book written in Persian about Sufism, at a time when Arabic was still the dominant language for expressing Islamic religious thought. 

Kashf al-Mahjub is not simply a literary production, however, for it is an exposition of practical Sufism summarizing a wide tradition of centuries of reflection; the author wrote it at the request of a fellow-Sufi from his hometown of Hujwir. Kashf al-Mahjub is still one of the best descriptions of the Sufi path. It has been said that those who seek a guide in Sufism should do three things: pray for guidance, visit the tombs of the great shaykhs, and read Kashf al-Mahjub. Shaykh al-Hujwiri Allah be pleased with him traveled widely and met most of the leading Sufis of his day. Accounts of his personal experiences in Iran, Central Asia, and the Middle East enliven his learned discussion of mysticism. He drew upon writings of well-known Sufis such as Sarraj, Qushayri, and Ansari, and he also had access to many early Sufi writings that no longer exist


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