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Kashf al-Asrar [The Unveiling of Secrets]

Ruzbihan Baqli
Shiraz, Iran (Original Language: Persian)


  • Explaining Past Experience
  • I was fifteen years old when the beginnings of these secrets occurred in my heart. I am now fifty-five; how shall I explain to you the secrets of my unveilings, and my subtle witnessings, …

    How I learned to Read and Write

    Bibi Ashraf
    Lahore, Punjab (Original Language: Urdu)

    The original essay appeared in two instalments in Tehzib-e Niswan (Lahore) (23 and 30 March 1899).  It was then published with a biographical introduction by the journal’s editor, Muhammadi Begum, in a book entitled Hayat-e Ashraf (Lahore: Imambara Sayyida Mubarak …

    Munis al-Arvah

    Jahanara Begum
    Lahore, Punjab (Original Language: Persian)

    Know that, after the performance of religious duties, requirements, and the recitation of the Holy Qur’an, this weak woman who hopes for salvation regards no action as nobler than the remembrance of the spiritual states and stations of the revered …


    Nazr Sajjad Haidar
    Dehradun, India (Original Language: Urdu)


    26 May 1912: Today was the most important day of life. When I woke up in the morning to offer my prayers, I saw a different atmosphere in the house. My elder female relatives were busy in arrangements …

    Risalah Sahibiya

    Jahanara Begum
    Lahore, Punjab (Original Language: Persian)

    Extract from Risala-i-Sahibiyah (1640)

    Translated by Sunil Sharma


    Since my twentieth year I have had a sincere resolution and firm belief in the … order of the masters of Chisht (may their secrets be sanctified) and the ring of …

    Kaghazi Hai Pairahan

    Ismat Chughtai
    Badayun, India (Original Language: Urdu)


    I was weeping inconsolably.


    Someone was being beaten brutally. The perpetrator was a giant-like

    monster, while the one being beaten was a tiny, dark-skinned child.

    I do not remember clearly the people involved as I was very …

    Tazkirat al-Ahwal

    ٘Muhammad Ali ‘Hazin’ Lahiji
    Isfahan (Original Language: Persian)

    [From Hazin’s days of study as a young man]

    During those days [in Isfahan], of all the strange occurrences and events, there was the passion for a beauty [with such] manner of beautiful qualities, that my heart became maddened.

    You …

    160 Kafis

    Punjab (Original Language: Panjabi)


    KAFIS 14-31

    Turaks[1] (I)[2] left have come wheedling, they who stay aggrieved[3]

    Scared they don’t come near (you), they roam about in discord

    Piro (says) in guru’s court power of none will matter

    What shall (I) say of others, …