Tassawuf al-Maqdisi

Shaykh Gibril Fouad Haddad

ON TASAWWUF al-`Izz b. `Abd al-Salam b. Ahmad b. `Anim al-Maqdisi (d. 678)

We mention this wa`iz (preacher) because he is often confused with `Izz al-Din ibn `Abd al-Salam al-Sulami, and a small work of his on tasawwuf is mistakenly attributed to the latter. In this work, entitled variously Hall al-rumuz wa mafatih al-kunuz and Zabad khulasat al-tasawwuf, al-Maqdisi divides the levels of suluk or spiritual wayfaring along three ways which correspond to the Prophet’s definition of Religion in the hadith of Jibril:

Islam is the first of the levels of Religion, characterizing the common believers; Iman is the first of the stepping-stones of the heart and it characterizes the elite of the believers; Ihsan is the first of the stepping-stones of the spirit, and it characterizes the elite of those brought near.1

1 al-`Izz ibn `Abd al-Salam [al-Maqdisi], Hall al-rumuz wa mafatih al-kunuz (Cairo: matba`at nur al-amal) p. 7.

Reproduced with permission from Shaykh M. Hisham Kabbani’s The Repudiation of “Salafi” Innovations (Kazi, 1996) p. 353.

Blessings and Peace on the Prophet, his Family, and his Companions

Peace and Blessings upon the Prophet, his Family, and his Companions


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