A translation of selections from
the letters of Shaikh ad-Darqawi, founder of a major branch of the
Shadhiliyyah Sufi order in North Africa in the nineteenth century.
Each letter is a gem of wisdom. Almost all of the letters concern
the method and aspects of the Way based on the central techniques
of invocation or dhikr, not usually discussed openly by Sufi masters.
They must be considered among the most direct instructions given
on the Sufi method to be found in all Sufi literature.
The letters were compiled by al-`ArabÏ ad-Darqawi
himself, copied by his disciples and printed many times in Fez,
in lithographed script.
Titus Burkhardt has made this translation on the
basis of two nineteenth-century manuscripts as well as the lithographed
edition. They belong to a body of teaching which usually remains
oral and which might be called ‘practical Sufism’.