Stories from Biblography

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-78)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.The range of raids and sudden attacks gradually started to increase, and in Rajab 530 AH, a great attempt ...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-77)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.Ways in which 'Imad ad-Deen Zangi fought the CrusadersImad ad-Deen Zangi did not limit his fighting with the Crusaders solely to regular warfare, because that would have required him to stay in Syria all the time, and...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-76)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.Poets praise for 'Imad ad-Deen after the conquesMany researchers and writers have not paid attention to literature when it comes to the Crusades;...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-75)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.It is important to note that it is no secret to researchers of Muslim relations with the Christian forces ...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-74)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.It seems that LaMonte's claim that the fall of Edessa was not part of the policy of 'Imad ad-Deen Zangi is a claim that has no historical support. It is well known that Zangi was a member...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-73)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.John LaMonte's opinion of 'Imad ad-DeenJohn L. LaMonte was regarded as one of the most prominent American historians during the first half of the last century. He wrote several books about the Crusades, most notably his comprehensive...

Abu Othman al-Hiri (Part-3)

To read the previous part of this story, click here.Abu Othman went off once more. Thirty times the man summoned him and drove him away. Thirty times the shaikh came and went, without showing the least discomposure. Then the man fell at his feet and...

Abu Othman al-Hiri (Part-2)

To read the previous part of this story, click here. Abu Othman’s whole desire was to join the company of Abu Hafs, but his reverence for Shah-e Shoja’ prevented him from broaching the matter, for Shah-e Shoja’ was a jealous teacher. Abu Othman begged God to...

Abu Othman al-Hiri (Part-1)

Abu 'Othman Sa’id ibn Esma’il al-Hiri alNisaburi came originally from Rayy, where he knew Yahya ibn Mo’adh al-Razi and Shah ibn Shoja’ al-Kermani. He moved to Nishapur where he came under the influence of Abu Hafs alHaddad. He visited al-Jonaid in Baghdad, and died at...

Abu ‘l-Hosain al-Nuri (Part-6)

To read the previous part of this story, click here."No," they replied."That was Iblis," he told them. "He was relating the services he had performed and was telling the tale of his life, bewailing the agony of separation. As you saw, he was weeping. I...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-72)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.(c) Pressure was put on the Crusader regions which stretched in a long line from Antioch in the north to Eilat (Rashrash) in the south, and from the Jordan River in the east to the Greater Syrian...

Abu ‘l-Hosain al-Nuri (Part-5)

To read the previous part of this story, click here.Such must be the state of affairs," he added, turning to Nuri, "that whether He is veiled by you or revealed through you, you shall no more be you, and all shall be He." A party...

Abu ‘l-Hosain al-Nuri (Part-4)

To read the previous part of this story, click here."Is there anything you want?" he asked them."Yes," they replied. "We want you to forget us. We want you neither to honour us with your approval nor to banish us with your rejection. For us your...

Abu ‘l-Hosain al-Nuri (Part-3)

To read the previous part of this story, click here.They reported these words of Nuri’s to the caliph, who marvelled at his sincerity and equitableness. He ordered the execution to be stayed and referred their case to the cadi to examine. "They cannot be proscribed...

Abu ‘l-Hosain al-Nuri (Part-2)

To read the previous part of this story, click here."I am the pearl of the mine of undesire," came the answer. "Now tell the disciples, My mine is the mine of undesire, and my pearl is the pearl of the mine of unpurpose." Then I...

Abu ‘l-Hosain al-Nuri (Part-1)

Abu 'l-Hosain Ahmad ibn Mohammad al-Nuri, a native of Baghdad of a family from Khorasan, was a pupil of Sari al-Saqati and a faithful companion of al-Jonaid. A leading figure of the Baghdad circle, he composed some fine mystical poetry. He died in 295 (908)....

Abu Sa'id al-Kharraz (Part-2)

To read the previous part of this story, click here.Again I dreamed that I saw the Prophet. He said to me, "Do you love me?" I replied, "Excuse me. My love for God has preoccupied me from loving you." The Prophet said, "Whoso loves God...

Abu Sa'id al-Kharraz (Part-1)

Abu Sa'id Ahmad ibn 'Isa al-Kharraz of Baghdad, a cobbler by trade, met Dho 'l-Nun al-Mesri and associated with Beshr al-Hafi and Sari al-Saqati. To him is attributed the formulation of the mystical doctrine of passing-away (from human attributes) and continuance (in God). Author of...

Amr ibn Othman (Part-2)

To read the previous part of this story, click here. So they beheld every thing in the world of being, and saw none more precious than themselves. A vainglory and conceit manifested amongst them.God therefore put them to the trial. He imprisoned the Secret in the...

Amr ibn Othman (Part-1)

Abu 'Abd Allah 'Amr ibn 'Othman al-Makki, a disciple of al-Jonaid, visited Esfahan and died in Baghdad in 291 (904) or 297 (9I0).Amr ibn Othman-e Makki and the Book of the TreasureIt is said that one day Amr ibn Othman-e Makki had written down on...