Shaykh Abu al-Husayn an-Nuri's (q.s.) Definition of Sufism

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Shaykh Abu al-Husayn an-Nuri (q.s.), one of the great early Sufis in Baghdad, and a companion of Imam Junayd (q.s.), was known as Amir al-Qulub, “Prince of Hearts.”  He defined Sufism as “the abandonment of everything that pleases the soul”.  He was quoted in Imam al-Qushayri’s (q.s.) Risalah as saying, “When dawn breaks, one no longer needs a lamp.”


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