Suhrawardi - The Shape of Light : Hayakal Al-Nur,Paperback - 121 pages,Interpreted by Shaykh Tosun Bayrak al-Jerrahi.The twelfth-century Sufi Shihabuddun Yahya Al-Suhrawardi (1155-11 91 C.E., 549-587 A.H.) was the founder of the Illuminationist or Ishraqi school, a philosophy of "light" or intellectual intuition, influenced by Platonism, Hermeticism, and, especially, the teachings of Persian Sufi masters. Born in Azerbaijan, Suhrawardi spent most of his adult life in Persia, where he died at the age of 38, after being imprisoned by the authorities for his beliefs. He is the author of over 50 works in Arabic and Persian, including the treatise presented here and the work that is considered his masterpiece, Hikmat al-ishraq (The Theosophy of Illumination)."How do souls differ from one another in the eternal realm?" This and other related matters are addressed in Suhrawardi's treatise, Hayakal al-Nur, which is arranged in seven categories called "Forms of Light." Points considered in this volume include the limitations of man's senses and his true or theomorphic essence; the nature and levels of the human soul and the various realms or Centers, the Nur al Muhammadi or Absolute Mind, as well as Ordinary Mind and Divine Mind, the nature of the firmaments; and the meaning of pleasure and pain.Also included here: a preface drawn from the words of the twelfth-century saint and master (al-Ghawth al-A'zam) Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani, May Allah sanctify his secret, on the inner nature of the human heart, explicating the mystical Qur'anic verse on Light; an introduction by Shaykh Tosun Bayrak differentiating between mystical philosophy and the philosophy of Sufism; ten pieces of calligraphy of the Beautiful Names of Allah from the Grand Mosque (Ulu Cami) in Bursa, Turkey; and a Sufi fable in which a mysterious city becomes a metaphor for the layers of the human soul and for the created world, simultaneously.Shaikh Tosun Bayrak al-Jerrahi
is the author of interpretations from the Turkish of Ibn 'Arabi's
Divine Governance of the Human Kingdom and al-Jilani's The Secret of
Secrets. He has also translated as-Sulami's Way of Sufi Chivalry and
has written a meditation on The Most Beautiful Names.