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Themes of Love in Islamic Mystical Theology by William Chittick

Themes of Love in Islamic Mystical Theology

“Muslim scholars who talked about love agreed that it is indefinable. In discussions of human love, they typically limited themselves to describing its symptoms, characteristics, and consequences. They summarized these along the lines of “yearning for union.” By using the word union, they were saying that the goal of lovers is to come together, not to stay apart. They understood love as the energy that brings about the encounter of God and man…”

The Bodily Positions of the Ritual Prayer by William Chittick

The Bodily Positions of the Ritual Prayer. –

Prof. William Chittick discusses the inner meaning of the bodily positions of the Salah.

Rashid al-Din Maybudi’s Tafsir Kashf al-Asrar – Tr. William Chittick

Rashid al-Din Maybudi’s Kashf al-Asrar – Tr. William Chittick

The full name of this commentary is Kashf al-asrār wa ʿuddat al-abrār (“The unveiling of the mysteries and the provision of the pious”). It is the longest Sunni commentary in the Persian language.  Selections translated by William Chittick.

Forty Hadith on Sufism by Shaykh ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Sulami

Forty Hadith on Sufism Shaykh Sulami

A translation and commentary of Kitab al-Arba’in fi ‘t-Tasawwuf by Shaykh Abu Abd al-Rahman al-Sulami (d. 412/1021)