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...ibn Farid, ‘Umar ibn ‘Ali Ibn al-Farid was born in Cairo on 4 Dhu’l-Qadah 576/1181 and died there on 2 Jumada al-Awwal 632/1235. Venerated as a saint within a generation of his death, Ibn al-Farid was—and is—the most celebrated Sufi poet...
...al-Junayd, Abu al-Qasim ibn al-‘Arabi, Muhyiddin Najm al-Din al-Kubra was born in Khwarazm in Central Asia in 540/1145, and died at the hand of the Mongols during their conquest of Khwarazm in 617/1220. A renowned Sufi shaykh , Najm al-Din...
...al-Sulami, Abu ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Suyuti al-Ghazali, Abu Hamid ʿAttar Rabi‘a Rabi‘a al-‘Adawiyya was born in Basra, the city of date palm forests and salt marshes at the head of the Persian Gulf, in 95/714 or 99/717–8. She died in the former...
...Founder and general guide (al-murshid al-‘amm) of the Society of the Muslim Brothers (Jam‘iyyat al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun), Hasan al-Banna’ was born in October 1906 in the village of Mahmudiyya, northwest of Cairo. He was assassinated...
... Munawwar Muhammad , The Secrets of God’s Mystical Oneness (Asrar al-Tawhid) , trans. John O’Kane , Costa Mesa : Mazda, 1992. Nicholson Reynold A. , Studies in Islamic Mysticism , 1921; repr. Richmond : Curzon Press, 1994....
...ibn Khallikan, Ahmad ibn Muhammad Dhu’l nun al-Misri, Abu al-Fayd ʿAttar Thawban b. Ibrahim al-Misri was born in Ikhmim, the capital city of Copts in Upper Egypt, around 180/796 and died in Jiza in 245/859. He was an early major...
...ʿAttar The Persian poet Hakim Sana’i Sana’i was born in the last quarter of the fifth/eleventh century in the city of Ghazna (eastern part of present-day Afghanistan). He breathed his last in this home of the Ghaznavid sultans, most likely...
...al-Sulami, Abu ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Suyuti Born in Nishapur on 10 Jumada al-Thani, 325/April 4, 937, Abu ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Sulami was a pioneering Sufi biographer (or hagiographer) who penned a large number of works on Sufi thought...
...al-Jilani, ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Harawi, ‘Abdullah Ansari Born in Naif in the Persian province of Gilan, south of the Caspian Sea, in 470/1077, ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani was the eponymous founder of one of the earliest Sufi tariqat (from tariqa...