The Teachings & Poems of Khawja Ghulam Farid,
Extracts from the Maqabis-ul-Majalis & Diwan-e-Farid,
*[A5+] Large Paperback - 230 pages, New,
Shaykh Khawaja Ghulam Farid,
Transl. by Christopher Shackle,
Published by Beacon Books,
Part of The Malfuzat Series.
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The Teachings & Poems of Khawaja Ghulam Farid, Selections from the Maqabis al-Majalis and Diwan al-Farid is a new publication comprising of a collection of both the Shaykh's teachings and poems. This present translation brings the wider public direct access to one of the greatest figures in the literary and spiritual past of Pakistan.
Thanks largely to the matchless collection of mystical hymns in the local language of Siraiki, Khwaja Ghulam Farid (1845-1901), of Chacharan in the former princely state of Bahawalpur, continues to enjoy an enormous local reputation. In each area of Pakistan, there is one great figure of the literary past who has achieved the status of a patron saint and a symbol of local identity; and in the Siraiki-speaking area, this figure is unquestionably Ghulam Farid.
The Teachings, recorded first-hand by the Khwaja’s devoted disciple Rukn ud-Din, capture the unblurred vividness of the Khwaja talking to his disciples in a way that leads the mind gradually and seamlessly into the world of classical Islam. Through these lessons, the Khwaja proves himself to be a scholar with wide intellectual interests as well as a spiritual dignitary of the firmest orthodoxy.
A master of the poetic form of the kafi, the present work also exposes the reader to the Khwaja’s sensitivity to beauty and magical ability to handle language through poems which appeal to the emotions as much as they convey religious teaching and profound mystical awareness. The blend of traditional Sufi allegories with the Khwaja’s refreshing originality results in the kind of all-embracing poetic language which can perhaps emerge only once in the history of any given literature.
This book is the third installment of the Malfuzat series: Wise Words of Sufi Saints.
Christopher Shackle is Emeritus Professor of the Modern Languages of South Asia, SOAS, University of London. He is an expert on the Siraiki language, and has written several books on Siraiki and other South Asian literatures. His translations of Bulleh Shah from Punjabi and Shah Abdul Latif from Sindhi have recently been published by Harvard University Press.
Table of Contents :
------Biography of Khawaja Ghulam Farid,
The Teachings of Ghulam Farid,
---Lesson . Great Sufi Texts,
---Lesson . Stories of Maulvi Muhammad Hamid,
------Khawja Khuda Bakhsh,
---Lesson . Leading Deputies (khulafa) of local Saints,
]. Private Instruction of Rukn ad-Din,
------His Book approved by the Khawja,
---Lesson . The Islam of the Sweepers,
------The Forgiveness of the Saints,
------A Miracle of Baba Farid,
------Stories of Imam Muhammad Ghazali,
------On taking Snuff,
---Lesson . Praying on Wool,
------Prayer written for Disciples,
---Lesson . On giving Thanks after Death,
------Unlucky numbers ridiculed,
---Lesson . The Sayyids and other groups,
------Hafiz Jamal and Khawja Muhammad Aqil,
---Lesson . The Conversion of Christians by Khwaja Farid's Family,
------The Designation of Khwaja Muhammad Aqil,
------Khwaja Muhammad Sulaiman and Khwaja Naruwala,
------Stories of the crazy Hafiz Jan Muhammad,
------Nawaz Ghazi ud-Din Khan,
]. Miracles of Shaykh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani,
------A Miracle of Shaykh Abu'l Abbas of Amul,
------Against the Kharijites
---Lesson . On the Exaltation of One's own Pir,
---Lesson . Approval of Lessons 4 to 7,
------Fantastic tales of Makhdum Jahaniyan refuted,
---Lesson . Against leaving one's Pir on a Wednesday,
------A Pir's Anger,
]. The Festival at Mithankot ; The Prophet's,
?, Footprint is Venerated,
---Lesson . In Praise of Ice,
------Against leaving on a Wednesday,
------The disobedience of Haji Abd al-Khayr,
---Lesson . The Festival at Mithankot,
------People Seek the Khwaja's Blessings,
]. The Khwaja's Devotions at Mithankot,
---Lesson . Regarding the death of Shaykh Maruf al-Karkhi,
------The Four Kinds of Pride,
------Against Condemning Minor Mispronunciations in the Prayer,
---Lesson . Rukn ad-Din Reproved,
------The Khwaja raises a Storm,
]. The Khwaja's Devotions,
------A Ban on the local Musicians,
------Against Shia tendencies,
---Lesson . The Khwaja's Devotions,
------Khwaja Muhammad Aqil and the Courtesan,
---Lesson . The Khwaja's Ablutions,
------Belief in the Saints,
------A Musical Party,
---Lesson . Lessons 9 -14 Produced,
]. On Unlucky Days,
------On Regard for One's Mother,
------The Khwaja swallows Verses of Healing.
The Poems of Kawja Ghulam Farid :
---Part . Poems of Faith and Instruction,
---Part . Lyrics of Love and Distress,
---Part . Songs of the Desert and the Rains.
---Khawja Farid's Family and Spiritual Lineage,
---Map of Places Mentioned in the Text,
---Index of Names.
*Dimensions : 23.3 x 15.5cm.