Imam Abu al-Husayn ibn Ahmad ibn Sam’un (q.s.) on Taswawwuf

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Imam Abu Bakr Ahmad ibn Husayn al-Bayhaqi (r.a.) wrote, in Shu’ab al-Iman, “As narrated by Abu Zakariyyah ibn Abi Ishaq, who said that he went to the gathering of Abu al-Husayn ibn Sam’un, where a person asked him, ‘What is taswawwuf?’

He replied, ‘It has a name and also reality.  Which of the two have you asked about?’

The questioner said, ‘Both.’

He replied, ‘In name, it means to forget the world and its residents, whereas the reality of it is to deal courteously with Creation, not to harm them, and also to share their pain for the sake of Allah (s.w.t.).’”


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