Fifteen Letters (Khamsata ‘Ashara Maktuban)


Author: ‘Abd Al-Qadir Al-Jilani

Translator: Louay Fatoohi

Subject: Sufism

Publication date: 14 Sep, 2014

Page count: 108

Dimensions: 203 x 127 mm

This book consists of fifteen letters by Shaikh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani. Articulated in a sublime mystical language, the letters describe spiritual experiences that are attained through striving against one’s base desires and committed devotion to Allah. They are written in a peculiar style whereby each sentence or group of sentences is followed by a related Qur’anic text, which is often a part of a verse.

The text is effectively a Sufi experiential interpretation of the quoted Qur’anic verses. This peculiar style of the systematic pairing of mystical words of the Shaikh with a Qur’anic verse has produced an immensely beautiful text with a highly poetic tone.

This translation of the book is based on three manuscripts. The first is in King Saud University in Saudi Arabia, the second is in the Bodleian Library at Oxford University, UK, and the third is kept in the Special Collections Library at Michigan University, USA.

The Author

The Manuscripts

The Letters

The Edited Text

The English Translation

Prelude (Manuscript “S”)

Prelude (Manuscript “B”)

Prelude (Manuscript “M”)

The First Letter

The Second Letter

The Third Letter

The Fourth Letter

The Fifth Letter

The Sixth Letter

The Seventh Letter

The Eighth Letter

The Ninth Letter

The Tenth Letter

The Eleventh Letter

The Twelfth Letter

The Thirteenth Letter

The Fourteenth Letter

The Fifteenth Letter