THE KASHF Al-MAHJUB: The Oldest Persian Treatise on Sufism

THE KASHF Al-MAHJUB: The Oldest Persian Treatise on Sufism

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Kashf al-Mahjub, also known as "Unveiling the Veiled," is a renowned Persian treatise on Islamic mysticism written by Ali Hujwiri, commonly known as Data Ganj Bakhsh. Although Data Ganj Bakhsh lived in the 11th century, his work continues to be highly influential and widely studied in Sufi circles.

The book serves as an introduction to Sufism, a spiritual path within Islam that focuses on attaining a direct and intimate connection with God. It delves into the various aspects of Sufism, including its principles, practices, and the stages of the spiritual journey.

Kashf al-Mahjub is divided into 11 chapters, each addressing a different facet of Sufism. The author begins by discussing the definition and significance of Sufism and highlights the importance of spiritual purification. He explores the different spiritual states experienced by Sufis and emphasizes the need for sincere devotion and a strong bond with a spiritual guide.

Data Ganj Bakhsh delves into the concept of unveiling or Kashf, which refers to the uncovering of hidden spiritual truths and the mystical experiences encountered by Sufis. He discusses the various levels of unveiling and warns of the pitfalls and illusions that seekers may encounter on their journey.

The book also explores the role of love in Sufism, particularly the love for God and the intense longing for union with the Divine. Data Ganj Bakhsh presents anecdotes, stories, and teachings of famous Sufi masters to illustrate these concepts and provide guidance to the aspiring Sufi.

Furthermore, Kashf al-Mahjub addresses the relationship between Sufism and Islamic law, shedding light on the harmony between the inward spiritual journey and outward religious obligations. The author emphasizes that true Sufism does not negate Islamic principles but deepens one's understanding and practice of them.

Throughout the book, Data Ganj Bakhsh emphasizes the importance of personal experience and realization, urging readers to seek direct knowledge of the Divine rather than relying solely on intellectual or scholarly pursuits. He promotes a balanced approach that integrates both external observances and internal spiritual states.

Kashf al-Mahjub has been celebrated for its clarity, depth, and comprehensive exploration of Sufism. It has been widely studied by both scholars and spiritual seekers, offering valuable insights into the mystical dimensions of Islam and serving as a guide for those on the path of spiritual enlightenment.


ISBN: 9788174354433
AUTHOR: Ali bin Uthman Al-Hujwiri (Author), Justice Pir Muhammad Karam Shah Al-Azhari (Foreword), REYNOLD A. NICHOLSON (Translator)
BINDING: Hardback
PAGES: 444 Pages
DIMENSIONS: 14 x 3 x 22 CM
PUBLISHER: Taj Company

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