By A.J. Arberry
Originally released in 1969.
This quantity was once composed through an eminent Sufi mystic while in felony in Baghdad, waiting for execution, in a useless try to overthrow his sentence; he used to be placed to demise in advert 1311 on the age of 33. This apologia is a record of serious poignancy, composed in so much dependent Arabic and translated with the common ability and style for which A J Arberry grew to become so recognized.
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Initially released in 1969. This quantity used to be composed by way of an eminent Sufi mystic when in felony in Baghdad, watching for execution, in a useless try and overthrow his sentence; he used to be placed to dying in advert 1311 on the age of 33. This apologia is a record of significant poignancy, composed in so much based Arabic and translated with the established ability and style for which A J Arberry turned so recognized.
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Aiyān’. ’ Uwais answered, ‘I was informed by the All-knowing, the All-aware. My spirit recognized your spirit the moment my soul spoke to your soul. Spirits have souls as bodies do. ’29 My purpose in citing these examples is to show that such things cannot be attained by the equipment of mere reason. Contemporary theologians have disapproved of me on this account amongst others, thinking that to claim there is a stage beyond the stage of reason is to bar the way to the common people to faith in prophecy, inasmuch as it is reason that proves the veracity of the Prophets.
God has a son’—so it is trumpeted; ‘The Prophet is a soothsayer’, it’s said. Since God has not escaped the stubborn lie Of men, neither His Prophet, how should I? Let it be granted that those with ulterior aims have in fact found in the concise expressions of my treatise scope for objection, yet what have they to say regarding the clear terms it contains which are not open to interpretation? I am reminded here of the verses: Can you with outstretched hands efface The stars from heaven’s unmeasured space, Or can your fingers veil so soon 45 The radiance of the crescent moon?
Abu ’l-Sha‘thā’ Jābir b. Zaid,113 of whom Ibn ‘Abbās said, ‘If the people of Basra had abided by the pronouncements of Jābir b. Zaid, they would have sufficed them’. Abū ‘Imrān al-Jūnī,114 who discoursed on wisdom. Abū Wāthila Iyās b. Mu‘āwiya,115 who said, ‘The man who does not know his own vices is a fool’. Abū Muṣāhir Riyāḥ al-Qaisī,116 whose preaching was upon the highest stations of love, yearning and propinquity. Al-Fuḍail b. 117 ‘Alī b. 118 Aḥmad b. 119 ‘Abd Allāh al-Sā’iḥ,120 63 ‘Alī b.
A Sufi Martyr: The Apologia of 'Ain al-Qudat al-Hamadhani by A.J. Arberry