Akhbar Ul Akhyar
Akhbar Ul Akhyar
Author: Hazrat Alama Shaikh Muhammad Abdul Haq Muhaddas delhvi
Akhbar al-Akhyar [The Conduct of the Pious] is the epic persian encyclopaedia on the biographies of the Friends of Allah; namely the Awliya, Sufiya and Mashaykh of the previous centuries from one of the greatest scholars of his time, Shaykh Abd al-Haq Muhaddith ad-Dehlawi, ‘alayhi ar-Rahman w’al-Ridwan.
The book in your hand, Akhbar al-Akhyar fi Ahwal al-Abrar, is a perfect example of his mastery in literal sciences. This book is one of his famous works in the field of Tasawwuf and history. The Shaykh has accumulated the life and works of about 276 Awliya in this book. It is indeed a masterpiece of its kind. Although the Shaykh wrote this book originally in the Farsi [Persian] language, numerous Urdu translations of it followed. From my knowledge, this is the first and only English translation undertaken. I hope and pray that Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, guide me to do justice in the translation and more so, that the Muslim Ummah benefits from it. I have included some explanatory words and additional references from other authentic sources and authoritative references where it is necessary so that the reader may fully understand the contents.
This book deals with great and distinguished personalities in the domain of Spiritual Perfection. They were powerful in this mundane world and still remain powerful in Barzakh [in their graves]. Although these Awliya and Masha’ikh passed on from this world, their powerful spiritualism still manifests from their graves with magnificent grandeur as it did while they were physically alive in the Duniya. How true is the wise saying, “Only the pious can understand the state and status of the pious.” There are many events about the lives of the Awliya that cannot be easily understood by an ordinary person of limited knowledge. Therefore, the public should be guarded against rejecting or objecting to the status of the pious Awliya. Due to their ignorance they can invite the Wrath of Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala.
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