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Hallaj: Poems of a Sufi Martyr 

Translations from the Arabic by Carl W. Ernst

“’Before Rumi there was Hallaj.’ Carl Ernst makes this astute observation is his Hallaj: Poems of a Sufi Martyr, to date the most thorough study in English of the verse of al-Husayn ibn Mansur al-Hallaj, a seminal figure of Islamic mysticism. Ernst provides a rigorous introduction to the writings of Hallaj, followed by carefully crafted translations based on his insightful readings of over a hundred poems ascribed to this early Sufi poet.” —Th. Emil Homerin, author of Principles of Sufism
“This translation of al-Hallaj’s poetry by a specialist in Sufism comes at the right time. With the increasing interest in Sufism, al-Hallaj’s poetry responds to many queries with respect to Sufism, its itineraries, idioms, and basic conceptualizations that lay the ground for later scholarship. Carl Ernst mobilized his devotion, tact, and artistry to convey sense and sound of the poetry of a great Sufi master.” —Muhsin al-Musawi, author of The Medieval Islamic Republic of Letters

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19th August Urs of Joe Miller d. 1992CE

Joe and Guin Miller

Joe Miller (1904 — 1992) was an American mystic best known for his Thursday Morning Walks in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park with his wife Guin during the 1970s and 1980s. Joe was widely respected for his spiritual clarity and Dr. Evans-Wentz, the original translator of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, and other sacred Mahayana texts, considered Joe Miller “the only man he had met in the West who understood the Doctrine of the Clear Light.” Joe was a close friend of Samuel L. Lewis who upon his deathbed asked Joe to “Take care of my disciples.” Joe provided spiritual guidance to Sam’s disciples, and many others, until his death in 1992.

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15th August CE Assumption of Mary, Quds (Jerusalem)

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Tomb of Mary in Cedron

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of her earthly life is a defined dogma of the Catholic Church. The Feast of the Assumption, celebrated every year on August 15, is a very old feast of the Church, celebrated universally by the sixth century. Continue reading

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India’s first Sufi research centre to start in Patna | TwoCircles.net

Source: India’s first Sufi research centre to start in Patna | TwoCircles.net

By Nikhat Fatima, TwoCircles.net

[Note from Imam Salim: This looks very interesting to me, would love to learn more and possibly visit at some point.]

Patna: A National Research and Teaching Centre for Sufism and comparative religion is soon going to start in Mitan Ghat, Patna, capital city of Bihar state. Continue reading

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28th Dhu’l Qa’ada Urs Kamaluddin Allama, Delhi 756AH/1355CE

From Sufi Studies Center Website: Hazrat Khwaja Sayyid Kamal Uddin (r.a) was one of the two major successor of the great Sufi master Hazrat Khwaja Nasir Uddin Chiragh (r.a). During the twilight of Dehli years, he was responsible for firmly rooting the sisilah in the Gujrat, a place of relative calm. Continue reading

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‘Risalo’: Sufi poetry is luminous in Sindhi poet Shah Abdul Latif’s works

Christopher Shackle’s translations bring a monumental body of work out of Sindhi, where readers are dwindling, for the world to read.

Source: ‘Risalo’: Sufi poetry is luminous in Sindhi poet Shah Abdul Latif’s works

The Sindhi diaspora, whether in India or around the world, has a warm spot for the name Shah Abdul Latif, an 18th-century Sufi poet from Sindh, Pakistan, and a contemporary of the better known Punjabi Sufi poet Bulle Shah. Continue reading

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