Abu 'l-Husayn al-Nuri
Iraq (? - 908) Timeline
Muslim / Sufi

Poems by Abu 'l-Husayn al-Nuri
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Abu 'l-Husayn al-Nuri was a native of Baghdad. He was a friend of al-Junaid and a leading figure of Sufism in the region.

His name "Nuri" means "Man of Light."

Al-Nuri was devout and had an ascetic temperment. It is said that when he left for work in the morning, he would buy a few loaves a bread and then distribute them to the poor on his walk. He would then go to the mosque and pray until noon before arriving at work -- never having eaten food for himself.

But even with his compassion and his striving, at a certain point he became frustrated that he was still buffeted with desires and hadn't penetrated to inner mystical truth. He then made a firm resolve to follow God's will in everything and not to be distracted by comforts and desires. He was determined to confront every aspect of himself, even considering the possibility that his past striving and good works had been hypocritical -- a determination to remove all falsity and barriers between himself and God.

In this process, he began to recognize that the carnal mind, the grasping, false self, claimed a portion of everything the heart touched. Thus, when God sent him divine insight, this grasping identity stole a portion of it -- which explained the poverty of his mystical experience to that point. From that point on, he thwarted the false self at every turn. Even in service to others, if he found the carnal mind gaining satisfaction, he quickly stopped and sought new ways to help others. Al-Nuri said that through doing this he slowly discovered the way to true mystic insight.

Poems by Abu 'l-Husayn al-Nuri

Recommended Books: Abu 'l-Husayn al-Nuri

Music of the Sky: An Anthology of Spiritual Poetry A Treasury of Traditional Wisdom: An Encyclopedia of Humankind's Spiritual Truth

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Beauty of Islam: Hadhrat Abu 'l-Hussain al-Nuri

Collections of anecdotes about the life of al-Nuri.
Abu 'l-Husayn al-Nuri