ABOUT SUFISMWhen Muhammad al-Jurairi was asked about Sufism, he explained, "It means taking up every sublime moral characteristics and leaving behind every lowly ones".

Al-Junaid said, "Sufism means that God causes you to die to yourself and gives you life in Him".

Al-Husain b. Mansur when asked about the Sufi, commented, "He is solitary by nature. No one accepts him, and he accepts no one".

Abu Hamza al Baghdadi said, "The mark of the true Sufi is that he becomes poor after having been rich, he experiences abasement after having been held in high esteem, and he becomes unknown after having been famous. The mark of the false Sufi is that he becomes the object of high esteem after having been abased, and he becomes famous after having been unknown".

(An excerpt from Principles of Sufism by Al-Qushairi)

Prominent historic Kubrawi personalities:
1. Sheikh Najm ad-Din Kubra
2. Sheikh 'Ala al-Dawlah Simnani
3. Sheikh 'Aziz ad-Din b. Mohammad an-Nasafi
4. Sheikh Saif ad-Din Bokharzi
5. Sheikh Farid ad-Din Attar

Recommended reading:
1. Laleh Bakhtiyar, Sufi Expressions of the Mystic Quest (London: Thames and Hudson, 1976}.
2. Ibn Arabi, Sufis of Andalusis (Sherborn: Beshara Publications, 1988).
3. Abd al-Razzaq al-Qashani, A glossary of Sufi Technical Terms (London: The Octagon Press, 1982).
4. Al-Qushairi, Principles of Sufism (Berkeley: Mizan Press, 1990).
5. Shah Waliullah of Delhi, The Sacred Knowledge (London: The Octagon Press, 1982).
6. Shah, Idries, The Sufis (London: The Octagon Press, 1964).
7. Trimingham,J.Spencer. The Sufi Orders of Islam. Oxford:Oxford University Press, 1971

Kubrawi literature:
1. Ein Knigge fur Sufi's, ed. F. Meier (Roma: Rivista degli Studi Orientali, No 32, 1957).
2. Die Fawa'ih al-jamal wa fawatih al-jalal des Najm ad-din Kubra, ed. F. Meier (Wiesbaden: 1957).
3. Necmuddin Kubra, Tasavvufi Hayat, trans. and ed. M. Kara (Istanbul: Dergah yayinlari, 1980).
4. Aziz ud-Din Nasafi, Tassavufta Insan Meselesi - Insan-i Kamil, trans. and ed. M. Kanar, 1990)
5. Palmer,E.H. Oriental Mysticism.London:The Octagon Press Ltd,1974
6. The Path of God's Bondsmen from Origin to Return (Mirsad al-Ebad men al-mabda wa al-Mabda). By Najm al-Din Razi known as Daya. New York, Caravan Books, 1982. Translation by Hamid Alqar.
7. www.archive.org (Path of God's Bondsmen)
8. Fevaihul-Jamal. Prof. Dr. Yusuf Zaidan, Egipt. 1999, 2009. (a book with text and editing).
9. Jamal J. Elias. Throne Carriers of God. State University of New York Press, 1995. (Simnani)
10. Adab al-Suluk: A Treatise on Spiritual Wayfaring (al-islam.org)
11. The Dear One of Nasaf: Aziz Nasafi's "Epistle on Love" (www.jstor.org)
12. Nasafi, Aziz b. Muhammad. 13th cen. (www.iranicaonline.org)
13. Kobrawiya i. The Eponim. ii. The Order (www.iranicaonline.org)
14. Necmeddin-i kübra (www.islamansiklopedisi.info)
15. http://en.wiki2.org/wiki/Kubrawiya
16. The Theoretical Implications of Volitional Death in Najm al-din Kubra's al-Usul al-Ashara (a study and translation). By Cyrus Ali Zargar. (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1478-1913.2012.01420.x/abstract)
17. sologak1.blogspot.com/2009/07/must-read-books-on-sufism-free-ebooks.html


The Seifetdin Bokharzi Mausoleum. Bukhara, Uzbekistan. Between 13th and 15th centuries.