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Prophet Muhammad: When I was made to journey by night

Prophet Muhammad: When I was made to journey by night
 
Photo: Lady from Ethiopia from 'Nomades du soleil de Henry Brandt', Edition La Guilde du livre, Lausanne, 1956.
 
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As transmitted by Ali (may God ennoble his face), the Prophet (may God bestow blessings and peace upon him) said, "When I was made to journey by night [into the presence of God, during the Mi'raj] and I had completed my conversation [with God], my brother Gabriel took my hand, ushered me into Paradise, and brought me to a palace of red rubies. Then he opened the palace and brought out for me from it a box made of light. Then he opened it, brought out for me from it the garb of poverty, and put it on me. He said, "O Muhammad, this is the garb of poverty. God has ordered me to put it on you. So do not entrust it [to anyone] except one who is worthy of it. So he put it on the Prophet (may God bestow blessings and peace upon him) and went around with him in Paradise. And the Prophet said, "Poverty is [the source of] my honor and the honor of my nation after me until the day of resurrection."

​(A questionable hadith that is nevertheless important to Sufis)
 
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Concisely and efficiently, Ahmet Karamustafa presents us with a survey of the early development of Sufism that is at once analytic and informative, and fully attentive to social and intellectual as well as purely religious concerns. It supersedes all previous overviews of the formative period of Sufi thought and institutions. -- Hamid Algar, University of California, Berkeley Ahmet Karamustafa's Sufism: The Formative Period is an absorbing and persuasive presentation of the development of Sufism, based on a thorough mastery of the original sources and epitomizing the discoveries of modern scholarship. Students of Sufism and religious studies will welcome this important contribution to Islamic studies. -- Carl W. Ernst, William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Leaving behind the more speculative approaches to Sufism and Islam of an earlier generation, and based on a comprehensive review of the most recent results of international scholarship in the field, including the author's own original research work, this book provides a highly informative and objective historical overview of the main mystical movements that contributed significantly to the shaping of medieval Muslim society. Elegantly written, it is a must for all those concerned. -- Dr. Hermann Landolt, McGill University, Montreal and Institute of Ismaili Studies, London Concisely and efficiently, Ahmet Karamustafa presents us with a survey of the early development of Sufism that is at once analytic and informative, and fully attentive to social and intellectual as well as purely religious concerns. It supersedes all previous overviews of the formative period of Sufi thought and institutions. Ahmet Karamustafa's Sufism: The Formative Period is an absorbing and persuasive presentation of the development of Sufism, based on a thorough mastery of the original sources and epitomizing the discoveries of modern scholarship. Students of Sufism and religious studies will welcome this important contribution to Islamic studies. Leaving behind the more speculative approaches to Sufism and Islam of an earlier generation, and based on a comprehensive review of the most recent results of international scholarship in the field, including the author's own original research work, this book provides a highly informative and objective historical overview of the main mystical movements that contributed significantly to the shaping of medieval Muslim society. Elegantly written, it is a must for all those concerned.
  
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