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Emanations of Grace
Emanations of Grace
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Details:  Emanations of Grace, Mystical Poems by 'A'ishah al-Ba'uniyah (d. 923/1517),
*[A5+] Paperback - 151 pages,
by 'A'ishah al-Ba'uniyah [d.923h.],
Edited and Translated with an Introduction by Th. Emil Homerin,
Published by Fons Vitae.

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'A’ishah al-Ba'uniyah (d. 923/1517), may Allah have mercy upon upon her soul, was one of the greatest women scholars in Islamic history.  A mystic and prolific poet and writer, ‘A’ishah composed more works in Arabic than any other woman prior to the 20th  century. Often, she expressed her great devotion to God and His Prophet Muhammad, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and spoke of love and longing on the mystical quest for union. She also alluded to her extensive education and mystical training, and her  own particular life experiences, which are often reflected in her verse.  Her  many writings were read and copied by later generations of admirers who  preserved her substantial literary and mystical legacies.

Though many of  her works are lost today, several still exist in manuscript including her poetic collection Fayḍ al-Faḍl wa-Jam’ al-Shaml : “The Emanation of Grace and the Gathering Union.”

The selection of poems from this volume, edited and translated into English here for the first time, recount A’ishah al-Ba'uniyah's remarkable story of devotion and mystical illumination.---Th. Emil Homerin, Professor of Religion, Department of  Religion & Classics at the University of Rochester;  Instructor of Islam, classical Arabic literature and mysticism.

‘A’ishah’s mystical experiences enabled her to pass away from a life of selfishness in order to see the divine within her heart and so live an enlightened life of love : 

        My mind, my spirit, my faith-- all of me
            sees clearly without a veil or screen.
        So I received the greatest joy and wish,
            and grace to me is limitless

As ‘A’ishah’s spiritual life progressed, she became a Sufi master in her own  right, and she composed a guidebook to lead others on the mystic path.  Following a centuries old Sufi tradition, ‘A’ishah advises the seeker to repent  of selfish ways and turn to a sincere life of love for God and all of His creation.

Essential to this transformation is meditation on human limitations  and God’s limitless love.  In her poems and other writings, ‘A’ishah often  recounts her own states and stages on this quest for union with the hope that  others, too, might receive an emanation of grace.

*Dimensions : 22.8 x 15.4cm.

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This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 25 May, 2013.