The author himself a renowned Sufi saint takes an expository approach. Mystical controversies and current opinions are illustrated where many are clarified by presenting his experiences. The book with its Persian flavor of philosophical speculation is itself a piece of the identity of Ali Hujwiri also known as Data Ganj Baksh. In composing this book, Ali Hujwiri was inconvenienced by the loss of his books he had left at Ghazna , Afghanistan. Hence, it must have taken him a considerable amount of time to write this book. Hence, he claimed that Sufism was thoroughly consistent with the principles of Islam.
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This is one of those books. I read it in the early morning hours just after waking up, when I had the most mental clarity and felt my surroundings most at peace. View all 5 comments. A shrine in Lahore, Pakistan that still attracts thousands of devotees across the world is of a Saint that still speaks to the hearts of people even after years of His death, through His lovely way of teachings on Spiritualism of Islam. Hazrat Ali Hajveri r. Eventually not only Muslims but Hindus, Sikhs, Paarsee A shrine in Lahore, Pakistan that still attracts thousands of devotees across the world is of a Saint that still speaks to the hearts of people even after years of His death, through His lovely way of teachings on Spiritualism of Islam.
Eventually not only Muslims but Hindus, Sikhs, Paarsees, Christians etc from other religious circles fell in deep love with Hazrat. The "Veiled" referring to Allah al Mighty. The book is excellently written in 11 Veils, that one by one uncovers secrets under common headings that ultimately teaches to reach Allah.
The book immediately got immense fame to people around the world. I came through this book when I was 6, 16 years ago. And since then I've kept reading this again and again owing to it's charm as if a teacher sweetly teaches you love, keeping it as a textbook on Spiritualism, like many other Sufis.
Well written in 11 Veils it's parts are named so , most importantly the first one, The Gnosis of Allah , the hottest topic in Spiritualism of Islam and other religions, tells us different ways to find Allah Almighty and teaching about the very existence of the only God, His Qualities, and acquiring His Love the foremost principle to all Islam and major religions together. The other 10 veils likewise uncover several important secrets to common people, which were otherwise kept only by those sitting on highest seats of Tasawwuf Mysticism.
Apart from being religious spiritualism in genre the book touches other areas as intelligence, love and humanity to all. It's highly engrossing way of conveying the sacred secrets sticks fast it's readers until they reach the 11th or the last Veil.
Last but not least, Kashf ul Mahjoob is recommended to all people around the world belonging to any religion, owing to it's universality towards whole humankind. Regards, Dr Ahsen Tahiri For those who are travelling on the paths of "Tasawwuf". View 2 comments.
This is the most substantial and in-depth book on Sufism I have ever read. You won't find any 'feel good' flim flam in this one. View 1 comment. Good translation, and overall helpful commentary. Rabbani attempts to assert, however, that Hujwiri embraces a full "Wahdat al-Wujud" "unity of Essence" stance, which strikes me as both anachronistic as well as stretching Hujwiri's words beyond what he means. I'd still join Carl Ernst in suggesting that it's nonetheless well worth the examination.
This book provided me with an insight into the most enduring form of Islam within history. Sufism was the most dominant expression of Islam for over a thousand years. Al-Hujwiri in relaying the practices of Sufi's inadvertently gives the reason why Islamic science stultified and eventually stopped. He states within the first few pages: "It is not obligatory to learn all the sciences such Astronomy, Medicine and Arithmetic What I found disheartening about this book was the fact that Al-Hujiwiri recounts so many traditions and stories that are patently false or ridiculously absurd.
Sadly, Sufi lore seems to have accumulated a huge number of apocryphal and fictitious traditions and tales. Some of them really do beggar belief. This to me highlights the problem of Sufism.
The practices of the great Sufi's and saints simply cannot be prescribed for the masses. I remember when reading two of Ibn Arabi's great works, coming to the conclusion that the inner world and theosophy of a Sufi saint can never really be properly understood.
You can understand that Sufi's gradate to stations and are granted states which accord them powers to work miracles. But there is so much disparity in their own descriptions of each of these mystical states that a lot of it can quite easily waft over your head.
Combine that with a lot of fantastical tales and you come to the conclusion that you are none the wiser and have wasted time trying to delve into psyche of a Sufi saint. In the final thirty or so pages I read something which left me puzzled as to whether or not I should laugh or cry.
He mentions a Sufi sect called the Hululi's who openly practised homosexuality. But in saying that it seems that a lot of Sufi's in their state of rapture or ecstasy did not seem to have any sense of conventional behaviour. But then that is generally the case with a lot of gnostics, the naked Sadhu's of India who walk around utterly oblivious of their nudity are a striking example of this fact.
A point of interest in this book is Al-Hujwiiri's apparent loyalty to Al-Hallaj, the famous mystic who uttered the words: 'I am the truth' and was beheaded for apostasy.
Al-Hujwiri seems to have a high opinion of Hallaj saying that he uttered those last infamous last words, because he became bewildered when traversing through the stations. Who knows? A book for hardcore lovers of Sufism of which I am not will cherish.
Most certainly, I read it with interest but I regret to say that unlike other readers, I did not swoon or have any nirvana-like moments.
His perfection is not attainable except by those whose perfection is established and whose imperfection is banished. There remain beauty and majesty. Those whose evidence in gnosis is the beauty of God are always longing for vision, and those whose evidence is His majesty are always abhorring their own attributes and their hearts are stricken with awe.
Now longing is an effect of love, and so is abhorrence of human attributes, because the lifting of the veil of human attributes is the very essence of love. My favorite book outside of the Quran. I recommend the one with the translation and special commentary by Maulana Wahid Bakhsh Rabbani. This is a very profound, deep, book. It has to be read a number of times to truly understand some of the deep concepts covered.
I found myself lost at times with the mix of arabic terms and deep concepts. At the same time I felt a sense of shame for not knowing basic concepts like Wahdat-ul-Wujud. The book has a mystical quality that opens up on the reader as one My favorite book outside of the Quran.
The book has a mystical quality that opens up on the reader as one progresses. I felt my soul yearning and desiring only for Allah and losing concern for anything else. The stories written in the book brought tears to my eyes and gave me some examples of true ashiqs of Allah I love reading Ashiqi stories.
I love how many myths and misconceptions regarding sufism are straight away cleared up right at the start of the book. Al-Hajveri was definitely a great mind and tackles philosophical issues of the self from multiple angles encompassing all different schools of thoughts before adding his own opinion. A very interesting read and meant for people who need an introduction to this field the purpose of the book is to serve as a manual.
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Kashf-ul-Mahjoob in Urdu
Kashf ul Mahjoob / کشف المحجوب