Shedding Light On : New,
the Possibility of Seeing Prophets & Angels,
fI Imkan Ru’yah al-Nabi wa al-Malak'
*[A5] Paperback - 61 pages,
by Imam Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti [d.911h],
Transl. by Talut ibn Sulaiman Dawood,
Published by I.G. Institute, USA.
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'Tanwir al-Halak fI Imkan Ru’yah al-NabI wa al-Malak - Shedding Light on the Possibility of Seeing Prophets & Angels.' This is a short but valuable text that elucidates one of the more controversial issues related to the people of tasawwuf, and more specifically to the people of unveiling. Although many of the Imams and people of lofty status, whom no one could accuse of lying, have reported seeing the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, in a wakeful state, the issue remains problematic for some Scholars, among both the supporters and the critics of the Sufi's.
Imam al-Suyuti, may Allah be pleased with him, argues that such a vision is not only possible, but that there are many well-documented examples of such visions, both in the time of the Noble Companions; Sahabah, radhi Allahu 'anhum ajma'in, and afterwards.
The Imam begins with texts that are irrefutable, from the Sunnah of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, which establish the explicit possibility of the occurrence of such visions. Al-Suyuti then presents sound anecdotal evidence that such encounters have occurred in the past, mentioning stories from the Companions, radhi Allahu 'anhum ajma'in, and from the righteous Scholars and Imams, may Allah have mercy on them. Finally, Imam al-Suyuti concludes this short treatise by providing answers to various possible and plausible objections.
Overall, this book is recommended as an introduction to the subject, which is covered in detail in the works of many of the Awliya,' may Allah have mercy on them.
About the Author
Imam Jalal al-Din as-Suyuti
: 'Abd al-Rahman ibn Kamal al-Din Abi Bakr, Jalal al-Din al-Misri al-Suyuti al-Shafi'i al-Ash'ari, also known as Ibn al-Asyuti (849-911), the mujtahid imam
and renewer of the tenth Islamic century, foremost hadith master, jurist, Sufi, philologist, and historian, he authored works in virtually every Islamic science.
Born to a Turkish mother and non-Arab father and raised as an orphan in Cairo, he memorised the Qur'an at eight, then several complete works of Sacred Law, fundamentals of jurisprudence, and Arabic grammar; after which he devoted himself to studying the Sacred Sciences under about a hundred and fifty shaykhs. A giant among contemporaries, he remained alone, producing a sustained output of scholarly writings until his death at the age of sixty-two. He was buried in Hawsh Qawsun in Cairo.
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*Dimensions : 21.5 x 14cm (approx).