By A.J. Arberry
Originally released in 1969.
This quantity was once composed via an eminent Sufi mystic when in legal in Baghdad, waiting for execution, in a useless try and overthrow his sentence; he used to be placed to dying in advert 1311 on the age of 33. This apologia is a rfile of significant poignancy, composed in such a lot stylish Arabic and translated with the popular ability and magnificence for which A J Arberry turned so recognized.
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One of their great ones is Abū Ja‘far al-Ṣaidalāānī,93 who discoursed publicly in Mecca. 61 Among their famous ones is Abu ’l-Ḥasan b. Sālim,94 one of the associates of Sahl b. 95 His followers are named after him, being called the Sālimīya. 96 Abū Bakr b. 98 Yaḥya b. Mu‘ādh al-Rāzī,99 the greatest preacher of his time. Abū ‘‘Uthmān Sa‘īd b. ‘‘Uthmān al-Wā‘iẓ? 100 Abu ’l-Sarī Manṣūr b. 104 Abu ’l-‘Abbās Aḥmad b. Muḥammad al-Dīnawarī,105 who had a graceful tongue in these sciences. 106 Abū ‘Alī al-Thaqafī,107 one of the great savants of Khorasan.
It is this science which the Iḥyā’ ‘ulūm al-dīn enbraces from beginning to end. No work had been composed on this subject in the beginning of Islam, in my opinion, to rival the Qūt al-qulūb of Abū Ṭālib al-Makkī. Then, when the student has mastered the science of struggle, that is of no avail to him without his actually struggling himself; just as it is not enough for the sick man to be ever so clever at medicine, without he swallows the loathsome-tasting remedy. 55 54 Ibn ‘Abbās56 interpreted, ‘That is, a light whereby you may distinguish between truth and falsehood’.
83 In one of his revelations he was given the choice between a number of things. Out of them all he chose tribulation; he lost his eyes, hands and feet. Among the great Sufis is Muḥammad b. 84 He had something to say on all the Sufi sciences. Aḥmad b. ’ He was the first man to discourse on these sciences in Baghdad. He met with a great response at Tarsus; people flocked to him; then they heard him, in a state of intoxication, saying things such that they testified against him as an atheist and an incarnationist.
A Sufi Martyr: The Apologia of 'Ain al-Qudat al-Hamadhani by A.J. Arberry