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Mirratul Asrar presents a compendium of Sufism for the first one thousand years of Islamic history. It covers the blessed era of the Noble Prophet (s.a.w.) right through to the time of the author, Hazrat Shaikh Abdul Rahman Chishti (d. 1653 A.D.), who is connected to the noble spiritual order of Chishtiya Sabriya. The esteemed author was the apparent khalifa of Hazrat Shaikh Hamid (r.a.) and his lineage joins with that of Hazrat Shaikh Ahmad Abdul Haq Rudaulvi (r.a.) through seven intermediaries. Hazrat Shaikh Abdur Rahman was born on the 9th of Rabiul Akhir, 1005 A.H., in Rasulpur Dahhati (Lucknow) and returned to his maker in 1065 A.H. He began compiling Mirratul Asrar in 1045 A.H., following a hidden indication from Hazrat Khwaja Khwajagan Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti Ajmeri (r.a.) and completed this distinguished body of work in about twenty years.
The book offers a detailed scholarly study of all the spiritual lineages and the life accounts of the great Sufi shaikhs of the time and proves that the beliefs, teachings and practices of the shaikhs were in complete conformity with the Holy Quran and the Sunnah of the Noble Prophet (s.a.w.).
The book thus confirms that the practices in the Sufi way of reaching gnosis and Truth are not of later inventions and also puts an end to all criticism that Sufism owed its origin to external sources.
This English translation is rendered from the Urdu version by Tehzeebunnisa Begum disciple (murid) of our blessed spiritual guide (murshid), Maulana Hazrat Wahid Bakhsh Sial Rabbani (r.a.), who had translated it to Urdu from the original Farsi (Persian).
Mirratul Asrar is a compendium of Sufism for the first thousand years of Islamic history covering the blessed era of the Noble Prophet (s.a.w.) uptil the time of the author, Hazrat Shaikh Abdul Rahman Chishti (r.a.) (d. 1653 A.D.). This distinguished body of work was completed in about twenty years and the resources consulted included forty-seven books authored by earlier saints.
The credit of acquiring the original manuscript of Mirratul Asrar goes to Hazrat Shahidullah Faridi (r.a.) who obtained through his personal efforts, a copy of the original Farsi (Persian) treatise from the British Museum and which was then translated into Urdu by Hazrat Wahid Bakhsh Sial Rabbani (r.a.) over a period of seven years.
It was through the efforts of these two Khalifa’s of His Eminence Hazrat Shah Syed Mohammed Zauqi (r.a.), one of the most distinguished Muslim saints of the Indian Subcontinent in the 20th century, that this treasure has been made available to the seekers of Truth.