Niffari (Muhammad ibn al-Hasan an-Niffari)
Iraq (? - 965) Timeline
Muslim / Sufi

Poems by Niffari (Muhammad ibn al-Hasan an-Niffari)

Little is known about the life of Muhammad ibn 'Abd al-Jabbar ibn al-Hasan an-Niffari.

He is often considered to be an early Sufi, though his name does not formally appear in any of the Sufi lineage charts.

Niffari was from Mesopotamia (the broad region that makes up modern day Iraq and Iran), but he wrote primarily in Arabic and he died in Egypt.

Niffari's Book of Standings (Kitab al-Mawaqif) is a fascinating collection of visionary poems. The "standings" referred to in the book has a rather subtle meaning in that each poem or chapter refers to a unique way in which he is made to stand before God. By this, Niffari seems to be suggesting that he is made to be present, straight, alive within the Real.

Poems by Niffari (Muhammad ibn al-Hasan an-Niffari)

Recommended Books: Niffari (Muhammad ibn al-Hasan an-Niffari)

Early Islamic Mysticism: Sufi, Quran, Miraj, Poetic and Theological Writings (Classics of Western Spirituality) The Mawaqif and Mukhatabat of Muhammad Ibn 'Abdi 'L-Jabbar Al-Niffari With Other Fragments