Al-Qushayris Epistle on Sufism Abu M-Qasim al-Qushayri Al-Risala al- qushayriyya ffiilm al-tasaxvwuf Translated by Professor Alexander D. Knysh Reviewed by. Already in , Arthur J. Arberry observed that al-Qushayri’s Risala draws heavily from the works of his predecessors Abui ‘Abd al-Rahman al-. Sulami (d. Download Citation on ResearchGate | On Sep 1, , K. Honerkamp and others published Al-Qushayri’s Epistle on Sufism (al-Risala al-qushayriyya fi lhringilm.

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Welcome to Looh Press! Dar al-Salam Cairo, Egypt. Al-risala Al-qushayriyya Fi ‘ilm Al-tasawwuf’. His Epistle is probably the most popular Sufi manual ever. In it, Al-Qushayri gives us an illuminating insight into the everyday lives of Sufi devotees of the eighth to eleventh centuries C. The footnotes are entirely from the commentary of Imam and Shaykh al-Islam Zakariya al-Ansari’s larger commentary on the Risalah of al-Qushayri. It breaks down or facilitates ease in understanding the problematic text and wordings of the Risalah.

This region was widely known as a centre of Islamic civilization up to the 13th Century CE. As a young man he received the education of a country squire of the time: During these travels he heard Hadith from various prominent Hadith scholars.

Upon his return he began al-risapa Hadith, which is something he is famous for. He returned to Baghdad where the Caliph al-Qa’im had him perform hadith teachings in his palace. Some of his works are: The second one is below. He determined that there were four levels of meaning in the Qur’an.


First, the Ibara which is the meaning al-qushwyri the text meant for the mass of believers. Second, the ishara, only available to the spiritual elite and lying beyond the obvious al-ushayri meaning.

This al-risaala is essentially a reminder to the people of his era that Sufis had authentic ancestral tradition, as well as a defence of Sufism against the doubters that rose during that time of his life.

Al-Qushayri repeatedly acknowledges his debt to, and admiration for, his Sufi master throughout his Risala. This text has been used by many Sufi saints in later times as a standard, as is obvious from the many translations into numerous languages.

This work is entirely reproduced by Ibn al-Subki in his Tbaqat al-Kubra. He has also written too many other works to account, but these al-qushayrl the most famous and known.

He lived in such poverty there, that he would venture out into the night in search of water faucets and the rinds of watermelon. Eventually, this foretelling would prove to be accurate.

These writings include, but are not limited al-qushayrri, topics of logic, grammar, philosophy, scientific terminology, rhetoric, Qur’anic exegesis, Holy Tradition, the life of Muhammad, jurispridence, dogma and Tasawwuf. In this commentary he defines Tasawwuf in a number of ways, complete earnestness in the progression towards the King of all kings;… it is the devotion to works of good and the avoidance of defects.

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