New eBook: Ibn Juzay’s Sufic Exegesis


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Musa Furber is qualified to issue Islamic legal edicts (fatwās). He received his license to deliver edicts from senior scholars at Egypt’s official…

Ibn Juzay al-Kalbī began his exegesis of the Quran with a short introduction to the various disciplines related to explaining the Quran. One of the topics he included is sufism. The basic concern of sufism is the heart: knowing its good and bad qualities, how to rid it of bad qualities, and how to instill it with the good. Ibn al-Juzay explained its inclusion, saying that that sufism is “connected to the Quran since the Quran mentions divine knowledge, struggling against the self [nafs], and illuminating and purifying hearts via obtaining praiseworthy character and avoiding blameworthy character.” He then enumerated twelve topics related to sufism which he would explain in histafsīr.

These topics Ibn Juzay covered include: thanks [shukr]; Godfearingness [taqwa]; remembrance [dhikr]; patience [ṣabr]; tawḥīd; love for Allah; reliance upon Him [tawakkul]; vigilance [murāqabah]; fear and hope [khawfand rajā]; repentance [tawbah]; and sincerity [ikhlāṣ].

You will need an EPUB reader to view the file. Users of OS X or iOS you can read it in iBooks. Android users can use UB Reader, and Freda is said to be good for some versions of Windows. There are also in-browser readers, like Readium.

Length: 6,500 words.


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