Tasawwuf al-Hakim

Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani

al-Hakim al-Tirmidhi (d. 320) on Tasawwuf

Abu `Abd Allah Muhammad ibn `Ali al-Hakim al-Tirmidhi al-Hanafi, a faqih and muhaddith of Khorasan and one of the great early authors of tasawwuf whom Ibn `Arabi particularly quotes. [This is not the great hadith master Abu `Isa al-Tirmidhi.] He wrote many books,of which the following have been published:

  • al-Masa’il al-maknuna: The concealed matters
  • Adab al-nafs: The discipline of the ego
  • Adab al-muridin: Ethics of the seekers of Allah, or Ethics of Sufi students
  • al-amthal min al-kitab wa al-sunna: Examples from the Qur’an and the Sunna;
  • Asrar mujahadat al-nafs: The secrets of the struggle against the ego
  • `Ilm al-awliya’: The knowledge of the saints
  • Khatm al-wilaya: The Seal of sainthood
  • Shifa’ al-`ilal: The healing of defects
  • Kitab manazil al-`ibad min al-`ibadah, aw, Manazil al-qasidin ila Allah: The book of the positions of worshippers in relation to worship, or: The positions of the travellers to Allah
  • Kitab ma`rifat al-asrar: Book of the knowledge of secrets
  • Kitaba al-A`da’ wa-al-nafs; wa al-`aql wa al-hawa: The book of the enemies, the ego, the mind, and vain desires
  • al-Manhiyyat: The prohibitions
  • Nawadir al-usul fi ma`rifat ahadith al-Rasul: The rare sources of the religion concerning the knowledge of the Prophet’s sayings
  • Taba’i` al-nufus : wa-huwa al-kitab al-musamma bi al-akyas wa al-mughtarrin: The different characters of souls, or: The Book of the clever ones and the deluded ones
  • al-Kalam `ala ma`na la ilaha illa Allah: Discourse on the meaning of “There is no deity but Allah.”

Reproduced with permission from Shaykh M. Hisham Kabbani’sThe Repudiation of “Salafi” Innovations (Kazi, 1996) p. 306.

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

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