Stories from Biblography

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-95)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.Yet another example of passive resistance was the boycott and avoidance of everyone who was involved with the ruling powers, who had anything to do with the sultan or who tried to justify their rule, in accordance...

Al-Hallaj (Part-5)

To read the previous part of this story, click here."Why did you do that?" they enquired."Much blood has gone out of me," he replied. "I realize that my face will have grown pale. You suppose that my pallor is because I am afraid. I rubbed...

Al-Hallaj (Part-4)

To read the previous part of this story, click here.He was wearing a loincloth about his middle and a mantle on his shoulders. Turning towards Mecca, he lifted up his hands and communed with God."What He knows, no man knows," he said. Then he climbed...

Al-Hallaj (Part-3)

To read the previous part of this story, click here."Prisoners, shall I set you free?""Why do you not free yourself?" they replied."I am God’s captive. I am the sentinel of salvation," he answered. "If I so wish, with one signal I can loose all bonds."Hallaj...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-94)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.Bringing their horses into the mosquesOne of the many crimes of 'Ubayd-Allah was that his horses came into the mosques; when it was said to their owners, "How can you let them into the mosque?" they answered,...

Al-Hallaj (Part-2)

To read the previous part of this story, click here.The passion of HallajAfter that many tales about Hallaj began to circulate. So he set out for Mecca where he resided for two years. On his return, his circumstances were much changed. He was a different...

Al-Hallaj (Part-1)

The most controversial figure in the history of Islamic mysticism, Abu 'l-Moghith al-Hosain ibn Mansur al-Hallaj was born C. 244 (858) near alBaiza’ in the province of Fars. He travelled very widely, first to Tostar and Baghdad, then to Mecca, and afterwards to Khuzestan, Khorasan,...

Ibn Khafif (Part-5)

To read the previous part of this story, click here."You have every right to wear black," he said. "In all the forty times they insulted you, you never lost your composure." Two Sufis came from a far distance to visit Ibn Khafif. Not finding him...

Ibn Khafif (Part-4)

To read the previous part of this story, click here.So they asked her."When I learned that the shaikh was coming that night to my apartment," she said, "I would prepare delicious dishes and adorn myself. When he arrived and saw what I had done, he...

Ibn Khafif (Part-3)

To read the previous part of this story, click here.The youth lifted his head."Seek the company of someone, the sight of whom will remind you of God and the awe of whom will move your heart, someone who will counsel you with the tongue of...

Ibn Khafif (Part-2)

To read the previous part of this story, click here.I returned to find the water up to the brim of the well. I performed my ablutions and drank. Then I set out once more, and all the way to Medina I had no need of...

Ibn Khafif (Part-1)

One of the great saints of Persia, Abu 'Abd Allah Mohammad ibn Khafif ibn Esfakshad was born in Shiraz in 270 (882), it is said of a princely family. After a broad education he travelled to Baghdad, and there met al-Hallaj and other Sufis of...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-93)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.Abolishing sharia lawThey waived all Islamic obligations for those who followed their call, whereby they would take them into a cellar and 'Ubayd-Allah would come in wearing an animal skin turned inside-out and crawling on all fours,...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-92)

o read the previous part of this story,click here.Abolishing certain Sunnah practices and adding to othersThey added the phrase 'hayya 'aid khayr al-'amaV ('come to the best deed') to the adhan, 469 and they abolished tardweeh prayer,470 after letting the people pray it for one...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-91)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.Oppression of everyone who disagreed with their madh-habThis was in addition to everything mentioned above, quoting from the words of Qadi Tyad about their reviling the Companions and hanging up the heads of rams above the names...

Abu Bakr al-Kattani (Part-3)

To read the previous part of this story, click here."Till then," Khezr remarked, "I had always thought that there was no friend of God whom I did not know. That was until I saw Abu Bakr-e Kattani. I did not know him, but he knew...

Abu Bakr al-Kattani (Part-2)

To read the previous part of this story, click here."Now I had a little house between Marwa and Safa," he continued. "There I saw the Prophet in a dream, together with his blessed companions. He came up to me and, taking me into his embrace,...

Abu Bakr al-Kattani (Part-1)

Abu Bakr Mohammad ibn 'Ali ibn Ja'far alKattani, a native of Baghdad, belonged to the circle of al-Jonaid. He proceeded to Mecca on the pilgrimage, and took up residence there until his death in 322 (934).The piety of Abu Bakr-e Kattani.Abu Bakr-e Kattani was called...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-90)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.'Ubaydi crimes in North AfricaThe Rafidi Shiites committed numerous abhorrent crimes, including the following:Exaggerated claims about 'Ubayd-Allah al-MahdiThey raised him even to the level of divinity, saying that he had knowledge of the unseen, or that he...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-89)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.He was the founder of the 'Ubaydi state and the first of its rulers. He was of Iraqi origin; he was born in Kufa in 260 AH, and hid in the city of Salamiyah, the centre of...