Unveiling the Veiled
The Earliest Persian Treatise on Sufism
By Syed Ali bin Uthman Al Hujweri (AKA Hazrat Data Gunj Bakhsh)
Translation with special Commentary by Maulana Wahid Bakhsh Rabbani
Paperback 435 Pages
Published By A S Noordeen (Malaysia)
Syed Ali bin Uthman al-Hujweri, popularly known as Data Ganj Bakhsh
(Bestower of Spiritual Treasures) belonged to a place called Hujwer in
the town of Ghazna, Afghanistan. He lived during the 5th century A.H.
A.D.) and was well versed in all the Islamic sciences
such as Tafsir (exegesis) of the Qur'an, Hadith (Traditions of the
Prophet), Fiqh (Muslim Law) and dogmatic theology (Ilmu Kalam).
Al-Hujweri's spiritual lineage traces back to Hadhrat Junaid Baghdadi
through the three intermediaries al-Husri, an-Nasrabi, and Shibli.
the course of his spiritual journey to God, he journeyed physically to
many countries, often alone and with hardship. These places included
Turkestan, Transoxania, Iran, Iraq, and Syria where he met innumerable
Sufi shaikhs, many of whom he has mentioned in this book. He went to
Lahore in the later part of this life to spread Islam, converting large
numbers of Hindus into Muslims. He passed away in Lahore in 469 A.H.
(1077 A.D.) where his maqam currently stands, visited by people of all
walks of life, from near and far.
Kashful Mahjub, originally
in Persian, was written at the request of a student of Sufism at that
time. He had asked the shaikh to compile a comprehensive study on
tasawwuf (Sufism) as a guide for spiritual aspirants. Although
al-Hujweri was a master in the science of Islamic scholasticism and his
judgements based on logic, the conclusions he arrived at were the
result of his deep spiritual experience, where he has shown the absence
of any conflict between true Sufism and Islamic Shariah.
from the life of the Prophet's brimful experience of Divine nearness,
Presence, Union and Communion, this book describes the spiritual
experiences of the Companions of the Prophet, Companions of the
Companions (tabi'in), their Companions (taba-tabi'in), and the Imams
(heads) of the four schools of Islamic law (Ahli Sunnah wal Jama'ah ),
showing in truth, "when Sufism was made to leave Islam," and that it is
not the so called question of "when Sufism 'entered' Islam." This book
also explains the various aspects of Sufism in a thorough yet simple
This Edition of Kashful Mahjub, contains for the
first time ever, an invaluable comprehensive English Commentary by a
practising Sufi Shaikh, further clarifying in today's language and
context, the various subtleties of Sufism in an understandable form
rarely found elswhere.
This is a book that must be read not only
by those interested in Sufism, but by all who yearn for tranquility and
inner-peace in this present day of lop-sided, imbalanced and
over-materialistic tendencies, where man has deplorably failed to
strike a balance between his physical and spiritual life. This
imbalance is now resulting in untold misery, restlessness, frustration,
worries, woes, conflicts and confrontations which have virtually torn
this world asunder.
the Translator Maulana/ Captain Wahid Baksh Sial Rabbani
Translator and Commentator of this book, was Hadhrat Maulana Wahid
Bakhsh Rabbani (r.a.), one of the eminent Sufi Saints of this century.
He spent 12 years in the company of his shaikh Hadhrat Maulana Syed
Mohammed Zauqi Shah (r.a.) (1878-1951),
and was a practising Sufi for over 55 years until his passing away on
the 21st of Zulkaedah 1415 (April 1995). Like his shaikh, he had
written numerous books on Sufism of which "Islamic Sufism", a
comprehensive manual on Sufism in English, was one of his masterpieces.
He also translated many valuable Sufi works from Persian to Urdu
including "Mirratul Asrar", "Maqabis-ul-Majalis", and
"Talqin-i-Laduni", and was a recognised Master of Sufism of his
was a practicing Sufi for 54 years