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What is Hasth Bahist?

The mausoleum of Hadrat Khaja Moinuddin Sanjari

Translated by
Mohammed Abdul Hafeez, B.Com.,
Translator ‘ Muslim Saints and Mystics’
(The Tadhkirah al-Awliya of Farid Eldin Attar
& ‘Hasth Bahist’
Hyderabad, India
Email: hafeezanwar@yahoo.com
Introduction

The collection of eight books (Hasht Bahist) of speeches


(malfuzat) of eight great Sufi masters of the Chisti order who
were like the forefathers of this noble path and these Sufi
masters are well known for all over the world.
The books of Hasht Bahist (The eight heavens) were written
in the Persian language and were later translated into Urdu
language. These Shaykhs include Khwaja Usman Harooni,
Khwaja Ajmeri, Khwaja Bakhtiar Kaki, Khwaja Farid, Khwaja
Nizamuddin, and Khwaja Naseeruddin Chiragh Dehlavi.

The names of eight (Hasht Bahist) books available in the


Urdu language are as follows. The following eight books have
been translated first time by me into English and these eight
books are added in this book and theirs titles are as follows.

1. Anis al-Arwah
2. Dalil Arifin
3. Fawid al-Salikin
4. Rahat al-Qulub
5. Israr al-Auliya
6. Fawid al-Fawad
7. Rahatal-Muhibin
8. Rahatal-Ashiqin

The above books are available for the sale in the following
cities of India and Pakistan.
1. Ajmare 2. Delhi.3. Lahore. 4. Hyderabad.

Out of the above eight books the following six books have
been translated first time by me and these six books are added
in this book and its title is as follows.

The Hasht Bahist

1. Anis al-Arwah
2. Dalil Arifin
3. Fawid al-Salikin
4. Rahat al-Qulub
5. Asral Auliya
6. Rahatal al-Ashiqin

In the book’s title:


This book’s title is well known and famous as ‘ Hasth
Bahist ’ and with the same name of Hasth Bahist there is one
book written by Khaja Amir Khusru and as well as one famous
historic heritage monument is available in Isfahan in Iran so for
this reason the title ‘Hasht-Bahist-’ of this book should not be
confused in this matter.
Kindly note in this matter that it is pioneer books of
Muslim Saints and Mystics persons and so read this rare and
pioneer books of the Sufi masters and these books are some
small and other books are too much longer and all these six
books have been covered on 486 pages and collected in one
book and also available some of the above books separately in
which there are advises and instructions, especially available for
Taleb (student) and it refers to a person who is committed to a
Murshid (spiritual master) in a Tariqa (spiritual path) of Sufism
and it is also known as a Salik (Arabic: ‫سا ِلك‬
َ ), a mureed is an
initiate into the mystic philosophy of Sufism and all these details
of advices by the spiritual masters are added in these books and
also in these books there are some great achievements which are
not yet known to the general person are published in a very
interesting style so for this reason the readers will find great
interest and attention in this matter.
Please note the Urdu version of the Hasht Bahist ( The Eight
Heavens) is also published in Delhi and on the International
web sites Urdu version is available for the kind perusal of the
readers as well research persons in this matter.
It is very strange case that these pioneer books of mystic
knowledge in which there is an available treasure of the advices
of the Khajagan (masters) of Chistia Sufi order are not available
on the internet world so for this reason the general public is still
un-aware of these world famous classical books except the
special persons of the mystic way and other Mashaiq (learned)
persons who know well the importance of these rare books of
the Sufi masters.
From the above facts and details, if the readers will starts
reading this book’s first page and will not stop its reading till
they will reach its last page as in these books, some interesting
events and as well as other great miracles and endeavours of
holy saints are added and these holy saints have passed away
from the world some 800 years ago.
Even though these are small books, but due to its
importance it is so great due to coverage of many interesting
events and positive information in them so these books are like
the oceans of knowledge and information of holy saints and who
have passed away from the world upon doing their great
endeavours and many hard tasks for the preaching and
propagation work of Islam in the foreign lands so these books
are some small and some lengthy but these books will present
the oceans of knowledge and information for the guidance of
the people towards the right path of Islam.
These books are edited and formatted as per the great book
‘Muslim saints and Mystics’ (Tadhkirtal Aliyah by Farid al din
Attar) which is very famous in the Western world among the
English knowing persons. So for this reason there will be some
small differences in it while comparing with the Urdu books
and its literature.
The aim of these books is to present in the Western world
where there is great search and demand of the books on Sufism
and the biographies of holy saints who lived and spent their
entire lives for the preaching and propagation of Islamic religion
in all corners of the world as per tradition and practice of Allah’s
last prophet.
To write about these great Sufi masters is not only it is
difficult and but it is very hard task as they were not only a
great pious personality of their times in the Indian subcontinent,
but they were great preachers of Islam in the foreign lands and
who have migrated to the Indian subcontinent from the foreign
lands.
Links showing English and Turkish editions.

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Translated by
Mohammed Abdul Hafeez, B.Com.
Translator ‘ Muslim Saints and Mystics’
(The Tadhkirah al-Awliya of Farid al-din Attar)
& ‘Hasht Bahist’,
Hyderabad, India
Email: hafeezanwar@yahoo.com