On Being Glad In God Most High, And Humbling Oneself Before Him By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON BEING GLAD IN GOD MOST HIGH, AND HUMBLING ONESELF BEFORE HIM O Life of all the contented, who grantest the desires of the desirous:…

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On The Greatness Of The Qur’ân By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON THE GREATNESS OF THE QUR’ÂN ON THE GREATNESS OF THE QUR’ÂN,–VERILY IT CONSISTS NOT IN ITS DIVISION INTO ‘TENS’ AND ‘FIVES.’ To attract a…

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Abbreviations

ABBREVIATIONS L (in the notes) refers to the commentary of ‘Abdu’l-Latîf. * (in the notes) refers to the commentary of ‘Alâu’d-Dîn. Gibb = A History…

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Concerning His Beneficence, And Verily He Is The Provider Of Provisions By Sanai Ghaznavi

CONCERNING HIS BENEFICENCE, AND VERILY HE IS THE PROVIDER OF PROVISIONS When He lays the table of its food before the creature, He provides a…

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On Following The Path Of The Hereafter By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON FOLLOWING THE PATH OF THE HEREAFTER All this knowledge is but a trifling matter; the knowledge of the journey on God’s road is otherwise,…

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On The Participation Of The Heart In Prayer By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON THE PARTICIPATION OF THE HEART IN PRAYER At the battle of Uhud `Alî the Prince, the impetuous Lion, received a grievous wound. The head…

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Of His Mercy By Sanai Ghaznavi

OF HIS MERCY Malice and rancour are far removed from His attributes: for hate belongs to him who is under command. It is not permissible…

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On Renunciation And Strenuous Endeavour By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON RENUNCIATION AND STRENUOUS ENDEAVOUR Whoso desires to be lord of his isolation and whoso seeks to guard his seclusion, must take no ease within,…

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The Parable Of The Schoolboys By Sanai Ghaznavi

THE PARABLE OF THE SCHOOLBOYS Thou knowest not the difference between the hidden world and this,–canst not distinguish between welfare and affliction. In truth, thou…

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On Celebrating The Praise Of God By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON CELEBRATING THE PRAISE OF GOD To call on the name of friends, and the unhappy ones of this world, how thinkest thou of it?…

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On The Glory Of The Qur’ân By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON THE GLORY OF THE QUR’ÂN Glorious it is, though concealing its glory: and a guide, though under the veil of coquetry. Its discourse is…

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Introduction

INTRODUCTION I.–LIFE OF THE AUTHOR. Abû’l-Majd Majdûd b. Adam Sanâ’î 1 was born at Ghazna, and lived in the reign of Bahrâmshâh (A.H. 512-548, A.D….

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He Who Is Indifferent To The World Finds A Kingdom That Shall Not Wane By Sanai Ghaznavi

HE WHO IS INDIFFERENT TO THE WORLD FINDS A KINGDOM THAT SHALL NOT WANE HE WHO IS INDIFFERENT TO THE WORLD FINDS A KINGDOM THAT…

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On Giving Thanks By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON GIVING THANKS Ingratitude’s only seat is the door of sorrow; thankfulness arrives with certainty at the treasure. (Qur. 14:7) Utter thy thanks for the…

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On The Steps Of Ascent By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON THE STEPS OF ASCENT Make not thy soul’s nest in hell, nor thy mind’s lodging in deception; wander not in the neighbourhood of foolishness…

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Of The Guidance Of The Qur’ân By Sanai Ghaznavi

OF THE GUIDANCE OF THE QUR’ÂN It is the guide, and the lovers the travellers; it is a rope, and the heedless sit in the…

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On Self-Abasement And Humility By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON SELF-ABASEMENT AND HUMILITY Lowliness befits thee, violence suits thee not; a, naked man frantic in a bee-house is out of place. Leave aside thy…

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The Parable Of Those Who Give Alms By Sanai Ghaznavi

THE PARABLE OF THOSE WHO GIVE ALMS A certain wise and liberal man gave away so many bags of gold before his son’s eyes that…

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On Being Silent By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON BEING SILENT The path of religion is neither in works nor words; there are no buildings thereon, but only desolation. Whoso becomes silent to…

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On The Hearing Of The Qur’ân By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON THE HEARING OF THE QUR’ÂN When the pious reader has set the book with reverence upon his lap, and has recited ‘Let no one…

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Concerning The Pious Disciple And The Great Master By Sanai Ghaznavi

CONCERNING THE PIOUS DISCIPLE AND THE GREAT MASTER Thaurî, by way of obsequiousness and in anxiety to acquire a good reputation, asked an excellent question…

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On His Decree And Ordinance And His Creative Power By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON HIS DECREE AND ORDINANCE AND HIS CREATIVE POWER All that comes forth in the world is by decree, and what the prophet speaks is…

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On The Sweetness Of The Qur’ân By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON THE SWEETNESS OF THE QUR’ÂN How shalt thou taste the flavour and delight of the Qur’ân, since thou chantest it without comprehension? Come forth…

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Of The Multitude; They Are Like Cattle, Nay; They Are More Erring By Sanai Ghaznavi

OF THE MULTITUDE; THEY ARE LIKE CATTLE, NAY; THEY ARE MORE ERRING On the colt that is full three years old the breaker puts the…

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On The Above Allegory By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON THE ABOVE ALLEGORY One talks of ‘the foot’, the other of ‘the hand’, pushing beyond all limits their foolish words; that other speaks of…

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The Parable Of Those Who Heed Not By Sanai Ghaznavi

THE PARABLE OF THOSE WHO HEED NOT A fool saw a camel grazing, and said, Why is thy form all crooked? Said the camel, In…

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On Charity And Gifts By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON CHARITY AND GIFTS Whatsoever thou hast, relinquish it for the sake of God; for charity is the greater marvel when it comes from beggars….

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On The Incompatibility Of The Two Abodes By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON THE INCOMPATIBILITY OF THE TWO ABODES The sun and earth produce the day and night; when thou hast passed beyond, neither the one nor…

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Creation Of Adam And Of Jesus Son Of Mary By Sanai Ghaznavi

CREATION OF ADAM AND OF JESUS SON OF MARY THE COMPARISON OF THE CREATION OF ADAM AND OF JESUS SON OF MARY (ON BOTH OF…

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On His Kindness And Bounty By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON HIS KINDNESS AND BOUNTY O Lord, the Enduring, the Holy, whose kingdom is not of touch or sense; by Thee we conquer, without Thee…

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On The Surrender Of The Self By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON THE SURRENDER OF THE SELF Dost thou desire thy collar of lace to be washed, then first give thy coat to the fuller. Strip…

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Of The Recital Of The Secret Of The Qur’ân By Sanai Ghaznavi

OF THE RECITAL OF THE SECRET OF THE QUR’ÂN Tongue cannot tell the secret of the Qur’ân, for His intimates keep it concealed; the Qur’ân…

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On The Allegations Brought Forward By The Word Of God By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON THE ALLEGATIONS BROUGHT FORWARD BY THE WORD OF GOD Wait till the Qur’ân shall make complaint of thee before God on the judgment day,…

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To Commemorate The Prophets Is Better Than Speaking Of Fools By Sanai Ghaznavi

TO COMMEMORATE THE PROPHETS IS BETTER THAN SPEAKING OF FOOLS The prophets were the upright ones of the faith, who showed to the people the…

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On Devotion To God By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON DEVOTION TO GOD Say “Grind sleep under the foot of the horsemen of thy thought:” for this is of Thy Court. When Thou strikest…

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On The Interpretation Of The Dream By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON THE INTERPRETATION OF THE DREAM In the phantoms of sleep He has ordained for men of understanding both fear and hope. When a man…

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Concerning The House Of Deception By Sanai Ghaznavi

CONCERNING THE HOUSE OF DECEPTION Death comes as the key of the house of the Secret; without death the door of true religion opens not….

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On His Wrath And His Kindness By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON HIS WRATH AND HIS KINDNESS The pious are those who give thanks for His kindness and mercy, the unbelievers those who complain of His…

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On The Trust In God Shown By Old Women By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON THE TRUST IN GOD SHOWN BY OLD WOMEN When Hâtim set out for the sanctuary,–he whom thou callest Asamm,–when he set out for the…

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Of The Right Guidance By Sanai Ghaznavi

OF THE RIGHT GUIDANCE Every indication of the road thou receivest, O darwîsh, count it a gift of God, not thine own doing; He is…

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On The Asceticism Of The Ascetic By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON THE ASCETICISM OF THE ASCETIC An ascetic fled from amongst his people, and went to the top of a mountain, where he built a…

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To Remember The Words Of The All-Knowing Lord By Sanai Ghaznavi

TO REMEMBER THE WORDS OF THE ALL-KNOWING LORD RENDERS EASY THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF THE AIM. GOD MOST HIGH HAS SAID, SAY, IF MEN AND JINNS…

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On Dreams Of Handicraftsmen By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON DREAMS OF HANDICRAFTSMEN A cook means great riches, just as a butcher means that one’s affairs are. ruined. A physician is pain and sickness,…

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On The Earnest Striving By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON THE EARNEST STRIVING When thou hast passed from Self to being naught, gird up the loins of thy soul and set forth on the…

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In Praise Of His Omnipotence By Sanai Ghaznavi

IN PRAISE OF HIS OMNIPOTENCE He is the Pourtrayer of the outward forms of our earthly bodies; He is the Discerner of the images of…

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On God As First Cause By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON GOD AS FIRST CAUSE The course of time is not the mould whence issues His eternal duration, nor temperament the cause of His beneficence;…

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On The Protection And Guardianship Of God By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON THE PROTECTION AND GUARDIANSHIP OF GOD Whoso is fenced around by divine aid, a spider spreads its web before him; a lizard utters his…

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Of The Story Of Qais Ibn `âsim By Sanai Ghaznavi

OF THE STORY OF QAIS IBN `ÂSIM When the command of ‘Who is there that will lend’ (Qur. 2:246) came down from God to the…

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On Striving In God’s Path By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON STRIVING IN GOD’S PATH If thou wouldst possess the pearl, O man, leave the barren waste and wander by the sea; and if thou…

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The Recital Of Proverbs Is The Best Of Discourses By Sanai Ghaznavi

THE RECITAL OF PROVERBS IS THE BEST OF DISCOURSES ON THE PROVERBS AND ADMONITIONS ‘POVERTY IS BLACKNESS OF THE FACE’ (THE RECITAL OF PROVERBS IS…

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On Dreams Of Lights And Stars By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON DREAMS OF LIGHTS AND STARS To see the sun in a dream is said in every case to mean a king. The moon is…

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On The Kalima By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON THE KALIMA As the inhabited world is computed at twenty-four thousand leagues, so, if thou add the hours of night to those of day,…

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In His Magnification By Sanai Ghaznavi

IN HIS MAGNIFICATION When He shows His Nature to His creation, into what mirror shall He enter? The burden of proclaiming the Unity not everyone…

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On His, Omniscience, And His Knowledge Of The Minds Of Men By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON HIS, OMNISCIENCE, AND HIS KNOWLEDGE OF THE MINDS OF MEN He knows the draught of each of His creatures; He has given it, and…

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On Trust In God By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON TRUST IN GOD Set not thy foot in His court with hypocrisy. The men of the Path walk in trust; if thou hast a…

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Of The Traveller On The Path By Sanai Ghaznavi

OF THE TRAVELLER ON THE PATH A man should be like Abraham, that, through God, his shadow may become a shady place; in fear of…

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On The Assertion Of The Unity By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON THE ASSERTION OF THE UNITY He is One, and number has no place in Him; He is Absolute, and dependence is far removed from…

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A Story – I By Sanai Ghaznavi

A STORY – I An old man put forth his head, and seeing his field dried up I spoke thus:–“O Lord of both new and…

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On Dreams Of Vessels And Garments By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON DREAMS OF VESSELS AND GARMENTS An old garment is grief and sorrow; a new garment is great wealth; best of all is a garment…

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On The Justice Of The Prince And The Security Of His Subjects By Sanai Ghaznavi

ON THE JUSTICE OF THE PRINCE AND THE SECURITY OF HIS SUBJECTS `Umar one day saw a group of boys on a certain road all…

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