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Shaykh Ahmad al Alawi: The Gnostics are ranged in hierarchy

Shaykh Ahmad al Alawi: The Gnostics are ranged in hierarchy
Photo: Sidi Shaykh Al Abbass; the Moqaddim of Shaykh Al Alawi in Algiers.


"The Gnostics are ranged in hierarchy: the knower of his Lord and the knower of his Self; the knower of his Self is stronger in Gnosis than the knower of his Lord."

(Shaykh Ahmad al-Alawi)


Recommended Reading:

'Two Who Attained: Twentieth-Century Sufi Saints: Shaykk Ahmad Al-'Alawi and Fatima Al-Yashrutiyya'
By Leslie Cadavid (Author)

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Rare glimpses of two 20th-century Sufi saints are offered in this work: the eminent Shaykh al-Alawi and the lesser-known woman saint Fatima al-Yashrutiyya, both of whom continued on the Sufi path even as they watched their world crumble. Shaykh al-Alawi's influence was pivotal to the spiritual development of Thomas Merton, who looked to al-Alawi's writings and teachings in his own practice. Fatima al-Yashrutiyya is a rare example of a literate Muslim woman living a public spiritual life. Readers will see a new side of the Sufi Path from her uncompromising viewpoint, and can catch an uncommon glimpse of life in the early 20th century for a spiritual seeker, writer, and self-educated woman in the Muslim world. These essays represent Islam in its esoteric dimension and raise issues of regional unrest and colonial intervention that are still relevant. Through the words of these two saints the world of the Sufi brotherhood is opened, revealing an underlying theme of the oneness of Allah.

'What makes this account so difficult to put down is the image of this young girl being raised from birth to be a Sufi, the tenderness of the Shaykh and the esteemed place in his heart he held for women.'

(Mary Ann Danner, translator of 'The Key to Salvation, a Sufi Manual of Invocation')
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