By A.J. Arberry
Originally released in 1969.
This quantity was once composed via an eminent Sufi mystic when in felony in Baghdad, watching for execution, in a useless try to overthrow his sentence; he was once placed to dying in advert 1311 on the age of 33. This apologia is a rfile of serious poignancy, composed in such a lot based Arabic and translated with the well-known ability and style for which A J Arberry turned so recognized.
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96 Abū Bakr b. 98 Yaḥya b. Mu‘ādh al-Rāzī,99 the greatest preacher of his time. Abū ‘‘Uthmān Sa‘īd b. ‘‘Uthmān al-Wā‘iẓ? 100 Abu ’l-Sarī Manṣūr b. 104 Abu ’l-‘Abbās Aḥmad b. Muḥammad al-Dīnawarī,105 who had a graceful tongue in these sciences. 106 Abū ‘Alī al-Thaqafī,107 one of the great savants of Khorasan. His name was Muḥammad b. ‘Abd al-Wahhāb, and it was he who said, ‘If a man mastered all the sciences, and associated with every class of people, he would not have attained the rank of true man unless he had disciplined8 himself under a shaikh’.
So the Prophet (upon whom be peace) said, ‘If you see a man silent, grave, then approach him, for he is being dictated (or, presented with) wisdom’—the two versions differ. 60 55 No period in the history of Islam has been without a group who have discoursed on these sciences. Some have spoken on the science of the ‘path’, some on the science of ‘attainment’. Some have addressed men in common, some have confined themselves to their companions in particular. Al-Junaid61 (God be well pleased with him) said, ‘Our Master in the aforesaid affair, the one who referred to the contents of the heart, and pointed out the truths thereof, after our Prophet (God bless him and his family), is ‘Alī b.
One of their great ones is Abū Ja‘far al-Ṣaidalāānī,93 who discoursed publicly in Mecca. 61 Among their famous ones is Abu ’l-Ḥasan b. Sālim,94 one of the associates of Sahl b. 95 His followers are named after him, being called the Sālimīya. 96 Abū Bakr b. 98 Yaḥya b. Mu‘ādh al-Rāzī,99 the greatest preacher of his time. Abū ‘‘Uthmān Sa‘īd b. ‘‘Uthmān al-Wā‘iẓ? 100 Abu ’l-Sarī Manṣūr b. 104 Abu ’l-‘Abbās Aḥmad b. Muḥammad al-Dīnawarī,105 who had a graceful tongue in these sciences. 106 Abū ‘Alī al-Thaqafī,107 one of the great savants of Khorasan.