Advice for a Novice

 Advice for a Novice : Kitab al-Wasiyya, New,
*[A5] Paperback - 87 pages, [English / Arabic],
by Abu 'Abd al-Rahman al-Sulami,
Translated with Notes by S.Z. Chowdhury,
Published by Dar al-Nocosia,
Part of the Sulami Heritage Series.

Description :

The Kitab al-Wasiyya of Shaykh al-Imam Abu ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Sulami, may Allah have mercy upon him, [d.412h] is an example of the Sufi advice literature for novices. It is a short work which contains exhortations from the Qur’an and the Prophetic Sunna related to a range of moral and social issues. More pertinently, it contains Sufi guidance and recommendations offered with regard to prudent and spiritual action.

The present translation contains an introduction the life of Imam al-Sulami as well as an analysis of the text. It also contains detailed notes with an inventory of statements from al-Sulami’s Haqa’iq at Tafsir to help clarify and consolidate the content of the advice. The Arabic test of the Wasiyya is also included.

About the Author :

He is Imam Abu 'Abd al-Rahman Muhammad bin al-Husayn al-Sulami (d.412/1021). He was born in Naysabur (Nishapur) to a wealthy family of religious figures. He studied under his grandfather the great Ibn Nujayd as well as eminent scholars like al-Su'luki and al-Nasrabadhi.

"If Abu Abd al-Rahman (al-Sulami) is not the abdal,
then Allah has no awliya (saints) upon this earth
---Muhammad ibn Abd Allah Naysaburi [d.405/1014].

Al-Sulami attained specialisation in hadith and appropriated the methods and forms of the hadith genre for his project of making tasawwuf a science and for defending its orthodox origins - especially its principles and parctices. He was a prolific author collecting the earlier dats of Sufi thoughts and ideas on a range of issues. He passed away in Naysabur [412/1021].

Table of Contents :


---Imam al-Sulami : Life and Times,
---A Note on the Text and Translation,

Advice for the Novice :
---Translation of the Kitab al-Wasiyya,

The Arabic Text :

---Index of Qur'anic Verses,


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