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Abu Yazid Al Bastami

Birth:745

Death:874

One of the most revered Sufis in the history of Islam. Abu Yazid al-Bastami preached the doctrine of fannah (annihilation) in Allah, and discovered the divine in the deepest recesses of his being after prolonged mystical exercises. Al-Bastami wooed Allah like a lover. But he also learned the discipline of fannah by gradually peeling away the layers of egotism - which, all spiritual writers agree, holds us back from the experience of the divine. Al-Bastami found an enhanced self in the ground of his own being that was nothing other than Allah himself.

Compiled by:M. Nauman Khan / Ghulam Mohiuddin

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