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By A.J. Arberry

Originally released in 1969.

This quantity used to be composed through an eminent Sufi mystic while in legal in Baghdad, looking ahead to execution, in a useless try and overthrow his sentence; he used to be positioned to dying in advert 1311 on the age of 33. This apologia is a record of significant poignancy, composed in such a lot based Arabic and translated with the normal ability and magnificence for which A J Arberry turned so recognized.


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31 Such is the case with our statement regarding the Maker of the world, that He is ‘the source and origin of being’, that He is ‘the All’, that He is ‘the Real Being’, and that all other than He is, as regards its essence, vain, perishing, passing away, non-existent, and having being only in so far as the Eternal Omnipotence sustains its existence. All these expressions occur in many places in the Iḥyā’ ‘ulūm al-dīn, the Mishkāt al-anwār wa-miṣfāt al-asrār, and the al-Munqidh min al-ḍalāl wa’l-mufṣi ḥ‘an al-aḥwāl, all of which are works of al-Ghazālī,32 God have mercy upon him.

The composer of these lines put the matter excellently: Excuse the man who envies you For being of the favoured few; In cases of sublimity The finest thing is jealously. Moreover, my adversaries have attributed to me a pretence to prophethood, on account of my using certain technical terms of the Sufis such as ‘annihilation’44 and ‘passing away’:45 Because Umm Ja‘far I adore They beat me, and they beat me sore With every stick that comes to view— Even the kitchen ladle, too! 49 How icy bigotry can be, when it reaches such limits!

32 Have you within your land to tell Of one right noble, keeping faith With noble comrades to the death? ‘For he whom you have left behind In your ancestral land confined— He is a youth whose absence long Has filled our hearts with passion strong. ‘Does your Baghdad make him forget Arwand, his spring encampment, yet? ’ O may my soul their ransom be! 16 How indeed should I forget my brothers, how should I not yearn for my homeland? For the Messenger of God, God 33 bless him and grant him peace, declared, ‘Love for one’s homeland is a part of faith’.

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