Kashf ul Mahjoob

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Kashf ul Mahjoob, also 'Kashf-ul-Mahjub' (translated: Revelation of the Veiled), is one of the most revered Persian treatises on Sufism. It describes a complete system of Sufism with its doctrines and practices. It was written by Ali Hujwiri, an 11th-century mystic, theologian and preacher.


  • Knowledge is immense and life is short: therefore it is not obligatory to learn all the sciences, such as Astronomy and Medicine, and Arithmetic, etc., but only so much of each as bears upon the religious law: enough astronomy to know the times (of prayer) in the night, enough medicine to abstain from what is injurious, enough arithmetic to understand the division of inheritances and to calculate the duration of the Iddat. (see Idda)]
    • Chapter I, Affirmation of Knowledge, p. 80

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  • Kashf ul Mahjoob, The Oldest Persian Treatise On Sufism, translated by Reynold A. Nicholson, London, 1911
  • The Persian treatise of Sufism, Kashf ul Mahjoob: Justice Pir Muhammad Karam Shah Al-Azhari (1918 –1998), Zia-ul-Quran Publications, Lahore, 2001
  • Edward G. Browne: A Literary History of Persia, Vol. III, London, 1902-1925
  • J. T. P. De Bruijn: Persian Sufi Poetry, Curzon Press, Surrey, United Kingdom, 1997
  • Jan Rypka: History of Iranian Literature, Dordrecht (South Holland), 1968
  • Muhammad Riaz Qadiri: The Sayings and Teachings of the Great Mystics of Islam, Gujranwala, Pakistan, 2004