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The Study Quran. An accessible and accurate translation of the Quran that offers a rigorous analysis of its theological, metaphysical, historical, and geographical teachings and backgrounds, and includes extensive study notes, special introductions by experts in the field, and is edited by a top modern Islamic scholar, respected in both the West and the Islamic world.

Drawn from a wide range of traditional Islamic commentaries, including Sunni and Shia sources, and from legal, theological, and mystical texts, The Study Quranconveys the enduring spiritual power of the Quran and offers a thorough scholarly understanding of this holy text.

Beautifully packaged with a rich, attractive two-color layout, this magnificent volume includes essays by 15 contributors, maps, useful notes and annotations in an easy-to-read two-column format, a timeline of historical events, and helpful indices. With The Study Quran, both scholars and lay readers can explore the deeper spiritual meaning of the Quran, examine the grammar of difficult sections, and explore legal and ritual teachings, ethics, theology, sacred history, and the importance of various passages in Muslim life.

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Kosovo’s Sufi Dervish order celebrates the new year, spring

Source: Kosovo’s Sufi Dervish order celebrates the new year, spring

For an Islamic dervish order in southern Kosovo, it’s time for the annual celebration to mark the new year, the birthday of the sect’s founder and spring.

That means holding a religious ceremony which includes hypnotic chanting, swaying and the piercing of male members’ cheeks with long metal needles.

Prizren, Kosovo’s medieval and most religiously mixed town, is home to one of the country’s small Sufi Dervish orders, which numbers about 5,000. They are part of the estimated 200,000 Sufis among Kosovo’s roughly 2 million people. Continue reading

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6 Rajab Urs Hazrat Haji Sharif Zandani, Qunooh, Syria, 612AH/1215CE

Khawaja Haji Shareef al-Zandani Rahmatullahi ‘alayh was a master in the field of the undertaking of mujaheda and riyazat. He used to perform his salaah with great love and used to get so engrossed in it, that even if someone tried to disturb or harm him he would be totally unaware of it. The people questioned him as to the reason for his engrossment to such a level, to which he replied; Continue reading

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6 Rajab Urs Hazrat Khwaja Mu’in al-Din Chishti, Ajmer Sharif, India 633AH/1230CE

Ajmer Sharif

Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti was born in 1141 and died in 1230 CE, also known as Gharib Nawaz , is the most famous Sufi saint of the Chishti Order of South Asia. He was born in 536 A.H./1141 CE, in Sajistan, Khorasan (other accounts say Isfahan) in Persia. He was a direct descendent of the Prophet Muhammad.

He was one of the most outstanding figures in the annals of Islamic mysticism and founder of the Chistiyya order in India. Continue reading

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1 Rajab Urs Hazrat Khwaja Maudood Chishti, Chisht, Afghanistan 527H/1133 AD

Maudood Chishti

Khawaja Shaykh Qutb al-Din Mawdud al-Chisti [d.527H/1133CE] ‘alayhi al-rahmah wa’l-ridwan

Hadrat Khawaja Mawdud al-Chishti aka Shams Sufiyaan, Chiraag Chishtiyaan, was a great sufi saint and a learned Islamic scholar of his time. He was a successor to his father and murshid ABU YUSUF NASIR AL-DIN BIN SAMAAN, in the Chishti silsila, and the murshid of KHAWAJA HAJI SHAREEF AL-ZANDANI Rahmatullahi alayh. Continue reading

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1 Rajab Urs Hazrat Khwaja Abu Mohammad, 411H/1020 AD

Chisht e Sharif in Afghanistan

Shaykh Abu Muhammad bin abi Ahmad [d. 411H/1020CE] ‘alayhi al-rahmah wa’l-ridwan

Khawaja Abu Muhammad bin Abi Ahmad [331- 411 H] aka Waliyud Deen aka Naasihud Deen was a renowned saint of the Chishti Order. He was a student and successor of Abu Ahmad Abdal [d.356H] and murshid [spiritual guide] of Abu Yusuf Bin Samaan [d.459H] who was also his sister’s son. He was born in the month of Muharram [331 Hijri-940 CE]. At the age of 7, he became a student of Abu Ahmad Abdal. He is also reported to have participated in the army of Sultan Mahmood Ghaznavi. Continue reading

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