The Awarif 'ul Ma'arif,
*[A5] Hardback with Dust-jacket - 296 pages,
by Shaykh Shahab al-Din Suhrawardi,
English transl. by H. Wilberfoce,
Published by Adam Publishers, India.
Back in Stock Oct 2018
The Awarif Ul Ma'arif by Shahab-u'd-Din al-SuhrawardiDescription
is is one of the oldest and most authentic books on tasawwuf
(sufism). It is a manual for daily study and practice written by the the renowned thirteenth-century Sufi thinker, Shaykh 'Abu Hafs Umar al-Suhrawardi.
The treatise recognises the primary importance of the Qur'an and the Hadith
, and functions as a medium of interpretation for the primary texts.
The aim of the treatise is to assist the daily spiritual exercises and general intellectual development of the Suhrawardiyya members; it makes use of Qur'anic hermeneutics, hadith commentary, rational arguments on epistemology, as well as discussing different levels of spirituality and proper manners. It also includes some severe critique of others orders and their interpretations of tasawwuf. In very many, if not all, of his arguments, Suhrawardi relies for authority upon hadith's his own intimacy with the Prophet's, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, way of life.
The use of ahadith's in legal, philosophical, poetical, and religious contexts has long been known and understood. Their use in a Sufi spiritual manual is orientated toward presenting the way the Prophet, May Allah bless him and grant him peace, as a model for inward and outward actions. Suhrawardi's intensive use of the hadith's is a significant element in the treatise, enabling its readers to remember and re-enact the Prophet's way so that they can move from merely imagining to actually embodying the Prophet's spirituality.
In sum, while the student rehearses and memorises the Qur'an for the formal prayer rites, Prophetic hadith's
are committed to memory in order to cultivate a closer kinship to the Beloved Prophet, May Allah bless him and grant him peace
, and maintain his sacred presence at every moment.
Table of Contents :
---The authorties of Sufism (tasawwuf),
---Islamic phrases & terms.
---On shuyukhiyat : Being a shaykh,
---The behaviour of the murid (student) to the shaykh,
---The customs of the men of the khanqah (spiritual lodge),
---On the rule of the safar (journey),
---On sama : the song, the circular dance of the sufis,
---The rules of the sama,
---The khirqah (the dervish mantle),
---The choice of the coloured khirqah,
---On khalvat : retirement or seclusion,
---The conditions of khalvat,
---On ilm (knowledge),
---On marifat (deep knowledge),
---On hal (mystic state) and maqam (stage),
---On tawhid (unity of God),
---On dhat (existence of God),
---The affairs of the next world,
---Ilm al-qiyam (knowledge of God's standing as the slaves observer),
---Ilm al-hal (knowledge of the mystic state),
---Ilm al-yaqin (knowledge of certainty),
---On nafs (essence),
---On some of the qualities of nafs,
---On tajalli (epiphany) and istitar (hidden),
---On wajd (rapture) and wujud (existence),
---On waqt (period) and nafas (moment),
---On shuhud (being present) and ghaybat (being absent),
---On tajrid (outward separation),
---On mahv (obliteration) and ithbat (confirmation),
---On talwin (change) and tamkin (rest),
---On the awrad (prayer exercises) and the kalimah (testimony),
---On zuhd (austerity),
---On faqr (poverty),
---On tajarrud (celibacy) and ta'ahul (marriage),
---On tawakkul (reliance upon God),
---On rida (contentment),
---On mahabbat (love),
---On shawq (love),
---On qabd (contraction) and bast (expansion),
---On fana (effacement) and baqa (permanency),
---Ruyat (beholding God),
---Marifat i-dil (deep knowledge of the heart),
---Ilm i-faridah (the knowledge of God's ordinance),
---The hal of man,
---The adab (etiquette) of the Prophet Muhammad's, ﷺ mission,
---Adab towards God,
---On salat (ritual prayer),
---The mystic rose of the Qadiri's,
---The bai'at (pledge of allegiance) of the murid,
---The dhikr, muraqibah, tawhid, daur and halat,
---The dervish's dance (sama).
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