Ali Hujviri (d. 1077) on al-Husayn b. Ali (d. 680)

‘Alī Hujvīrī was one of the greatest Persian mystics that the Islamic world has ever seen. A prominent Sunni Hanafi scholar and descended from both al-Ḥasan b. ‘Alī (d. 678) and al-Ḥusayn b. ‘Alī (d. 680), he commanded deep respect from both his contemporaries and later Muslim scholars. His magnum opus, Kashf al-Mahjūb, was among the first treatises on Islamic mysticism to be composed in Persian. His tomb in Lahore continues to be one of the most celebrate Sufi shrines in South Asia. The following section is drawn from his Kashf al-Mahjūb.


“And among the Ahl al-Bayt is the shining light of the Family of Muḥammad, the Lord of his Age (sayyid zamānihi), Abū ‘Abd Allāh al-Ḥusayn ibn ‘Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib, may God be pleased with them both. He was from among the truthful saints and the beacon for the oppressed everywhere. He was murdered in the deserts of Karbala. All those adhering to our path are agreed that he was absolutely righteous in his cause because he was pursuing truth as long as it was manifest. And when truth faded away he unsheathed his sword in its cause and did not desist until he offered his blessed soul as a sacrifice and was martyred in the way of God.”

(‘Alī Hujvīrī, Kashf al-Maḥjūb [Cairo, 2007], Vol. 1, p. 277])


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