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Salaams to all,
Very little is known about the life of shaykh 'Abd ar-Razzaq
al-Qashani (d. 1329). It is however more important to know that his
teachings have survived. Shaykh Ibn al-'Arabi did not found a tariqa,
but he influenced many Sufis, one of them was shaykh al-Qashani. Those
who have been influenced by shaykh al-akbar Ibn al-'Arabi are said to
belong to the Akbarian "school".
Some time ago I've had in my hands an Qur'anic commentary in Arabic
language, wrongly attributed to shaykh Ibn al-'Arabi. It has been
written by shaykh al-Qashani. It is fascinating to read, because it is
an esoteric commentary (Ta'wilat al-Qur'an).
A French Sufi shaykh, i.e. Mustafa 'Abd al-'Aziz (1907-1974, born as
Michel Valsan), who directed a tariqa in Paris, has introduced the
work of shaykh Ibn al-'Arabi to modern readers as he was the first one
to translate (part of) books of shaykh al-akbar into an European
language, i.e. French. This French shaykh is the founder of Akbarian
studies in the West. He has also translated AND commented upon the
esoteric Qur'an commentary of shaykh al-Qashani. He was able to
"reach" sura Ya Sin of this "Ta'wilat al-Qur'an", which was published
shortly after his death.
Muhammad Valsan, the son of shaykh Mustafa 'Abd al-'Aziz, has now
brought out the translation and commentary of his father concerning
what shaykh al-Qashani has written about sura al-Fatihah and the
islated letters of the Qur'an. You will know that there are in total
78 mysterious letters in the beginning of several of the sura's, like
e.g. A, L, M in the beginning of the second sura. The bookjacket
contains a beautiful calligraphy. It has the shape of a half moon
containing all of these letters which embraces a circle containing the
Arabic text of sura Fatihah.
There are mysteries in the Qur'an. The isolated letters are called
"unknown letters" (al-horuf al-majhulah) by shaykh Ibn al-'Arabi,
because their meanings are unknown to exoterical scholars and even
to those initiates who experience intuitive perceptions, but are still
belonging to those who experiece changing states (ahl al-ahwal).
He says that their meanings are known to those who posess their
intelligble forms and who occupy stations (maqamat).
We live in interesting times wherein keys to the unseen world are
being distributed. May it lead us to that which is sound knowledge and