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Revealed Grace: The Juristic Sufism of Ahmad Sirhindi r.a. (1564-1624)



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Revealed Grace
The Juristic Sufism of Ahmad Sirhindi
(1564-1624)

Arthur F. Buehler
ISBN: 978-1-891785-89-4


Buehler has achieved a groundbreaking translation of a substantial portion of Sirhindi’s Letters, a mystical and philosophical masterpiece that has to date remained largely inaccessible to a Western audience. The work, masterfully introduced and meticulously annotated, is academically rigorous while yet taking seriously the author’s contemplative experiences, mapping the inner and cosmic landscape against which they emerge.
— Marcia Hermansen, Director, Islamic World Studies Program, Loyola University

The Letters of Shaykh Ahmad Sirhindi are widely recognized as a remarkable and influential storehouse of Sufi experience and reflection. Arthur Buehler’s meticulous translation and explanation of these important yet difficult texts is a major contribution to the study of Islamic mysticism.
— Carl W. Ernst, William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

This selection of letters furnishes the contemporary reader with an unusually rare glimpse into the formidably vast, yet finely textured, lifeworld of a towering figure in the history of Sufism, one whose teachings resonated far beyond the South Asian ambit in which they were initially nurtured. Undeterred by the notoriously elliptical Indo-Persian prose of the Maktubat, Buehler’s judiciously selected and skillfully rendered translations make an important contribution to our understanding of this acclaimed “Renewer of the Second Millennium,” a contribution which in the spirit of Sirhindi himself cannot but lead one to reconsider much of what has come before.
— Erik S. Ohlander, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Table of Contents
Dedication vi
Translator’s Preface: Disclaimers and Confessions ix
Introduction 1
Chapter One: Shariat, Sunnat, and JuriStS 63
The basics of faith: Letter 2.67 63
Shariat: Letter 2.46 81
The seven levels of the sunnat: Letter 2.54 90
Islam and other religious communities: Letter 2.55 97
Is there a place beyond the shariat? Letter 1.172 105
Differences between sufis and jurists: Letter 3.39 108
Similarities between sufis and jurists: Letter 3.32 109
Chapter twO: COntemplative experienCe 115
One of Sirhindi’s early contemplative experiences: Letter 1.11 115
Sirhindi’s further contemplative development: Letter 1.13 124
Types of certainty and stations on the sufi path: Letter 1.18 126
Sirhindi’s culminating contemplative experience: Letter 1.290 135
Realizing unity with God: Letter 1.291 159
Chapter three: aSpeCtS Of the Sufi path 169
Getting beyond the ego-self : Letter 1.52 169
Encouraging a youth to the sufi path: Letter 1.73 172
The expanse of the heart: Letter 3.45 178
Shadows versus the Essence: Letter 2.42 180
The sufi path: Letter 2.71 195
Reprimanding a beginner: Letter 2.77 197
Types of seekers on the path: Letter 1.292 201
The end is included in the beginning: Letter 1.200 208
Evaluating spiritual rank: Letter 1.293 212
Those who think they are further along than they are: Letter 1.220 218
Naqshbandi Cosmology: Letter 1.257 224
Sirhindi interpreting verses of Sharafuddin Maneri: Letter 3.33 227
Chapter fOur: Sufi treatiSe 1: letter 1.260 233
Chapter five: Sufi treatiSe 2: letter 1.287 266
Selected Bibliography 301
Index 310
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Sufism: A Wayfarer's Guide to the Naqshbandi Way

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Sufism
A Wayfarer’s Guide to the Naqshbandi Way

Originally written in Kurdish by Shaikh Amīn ‘alā ad-Dīn an-Naqshbandī
Translated into Arabic by Dr. Muḥammad Sharīf Aḥmad
English translation (from the arabic) by Muhtar Holland
with a Preface by: Shaikh Muhammad Ma‘sum Naqshbandi (ra)
Forwards by:
Professor Shaikh ‘Abd al-Karīm, Arthur F. Buehler, and Abdal Hakim Murad


SUFISM: A Wayfarer’s Guide to the Naqshbandi Way, unlike almost all books on sufism
in english, provides a window on the living sufism of the Khalidi-naqshbandi sufis of
Kurdistan.
This text is quite unique, as it contextualizes the practice of sufism both his-
torically and within the islamic religious milieu, clarifying many types of questions non-sufis typically ask.
The author discusses the full spectrum of stations that sufis experience, from repentance to servanthood, before outlining fifteen common altered states of consciousness (sing. hal). This is followed by a detailed discussion of sufi technical terms and praiseworthy and blameworthy attributes.
The final part of the book discusses the Naqshbandi path in detail. given its comprehensive content, this book provides a solid basis upon which to understand Sufism as it is practiced. it is will be of use to those who have never read about Sufism as well as those who are well read in Sufi literature translated into English. what you have in your hands is a serious treatise on Sufism; it is an owner’s manual for Sufi practice (though it is not a substitute for an actual Sufi teacher).

An invaluably thorough manual of Khalidi-naqshbandi spiritual method, this text
highlights the depths of the islamic revelation in its most authentic form.
— T. J. Winter, Cambridge University

A Wayfarer’s Guide is an important step forward on the understanding of the naqsh-
bandi-Khalidi lineage, especially in the way that the shariah of islam is harmonized
with its inner dimension, in the effectiveness of naqshbandi contemplative practices,
and the resulting transformations. an unusual synthesis of the naqshbandi teaching
written in a clear language and a very didactic approach, amin `ala al-din al-naqsh-
bandi’s book is a worthwhile exposition of sufism written by a prominent shaykh of a
famous sufi family in the Kurdish area of iraq.
— Thierry Zarcone, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris

It is much to be welcomed that this concise introduction to sufism, as understood by
the Khalidi branch of the naqshbandi order, is now available in a clear and straightfor-
ward english, in addition to the Kurdish original and arabic and Persian translations.
Particularly useful are the definitions of the technical terms of sufism. recommended
as an antidote to the psuedo-sufi literature now proliferating on the market.
— Hamid Algar, University of California, Berkeley

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