Principles of Sufism

 Principles of Sufism,
*[A5+] Paperback - 366 pages,
by Imam Abu'l Qasim al-Qushayri [d.465h],
Translated by B.R. Von Schlegell,
by Mizan Press/IBT.

Book Description :

Mizan Press/IBT is pleased to announce the publication of the first abridged English translation from the Risala, the famous compendium of Sufi knowledge and practice by Imam al-Qushayri (d. 1072), may Allah be pleased with him.

Principles of Sufism includes all sections of the Risala concerning the fundamental principles of Sufism; it omits only the biographical notices at the beginning of the work and various hgihly technical matters at its end. One of the most widely read Sufi treatises in Arabic, the Risala defines classical Sufism through the use of quotations from the Qur'an, the Prophetic Traditions and reference to the exemplary behavior of the ascetics and saints.

Imam al-Qushayri, may Allah be pleased with him, illustrates the principles of Sufism with tales and sayings of the first generation of Muslims and of his contemporaries in the 5/11th century. Readers are given a rich account of what Sufism as a way of life implied for the early Muslims.

First Sentence:

''Contrary to the frequent supposition of some Western scholars and numerous present-day Muslims, Sufism is neither an extraneous growth owing little to the authoritative sources of Islam nor a sectarian development that occurred at a given point in Islamic history.''

Imam Abu'l Qasim al-Qushayri, may Allah be pleased with him, was the student of the leading sufi scholar of the time; Shaykh Abu `Ali al-Daqqaq, may Allah be pleased with him. Al-Qushayri, was a muhaddith [master of aHadith] who transmitted hadith to pupils by the thousands in Naysabur, in which he fought the Mu`tazila until he flew to Makkah to protect his life. He was also a mufassir who wrote a complete commentary of the Qur'an entitled Lata'if al-isharat bi tafsir al-Qur'an (The subtleties and allusions in the commentary of the Qur'an). Al-Qushayri, may Allah be pleased with him, was born in 986 CE in the province of Khurasan, the richest centre of eastern Islamic civilisation.  

Other works of Imam al-Qushayri,
More on Tasawwuf : Sufism.

*Dimensions : 22.9 x 14.6cm.

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