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Author QuotedMartin Lings
Title QuotedMoslem saint of the twentieth century : Shaikh Ahmad al-'Alawi : his spiritual heritage and legacy
Date (Year/Month/Day)1963/10/04
ImprintLondon : Allen & Unwin. [1961]
QuotationAnd now above all, thank you for the superb book on Ahmad Al 'Alawi [by Martin Lings], superb because of its subject and because of the excerpts from his writings. I am immensely impressed by him, and by the purity of the Sufi tradition as represented in him. I am surprised Louis Massignon did not know him better or appreciate him more. I intend to reread the book meditatively; it is one of the richest things of its kind I have found lately. Surely the deepest expression of this kind of mysticism in our time. I have not yet got into Schuon's book on Islam, but will do so immediately. I do as a matter of fact know him and Guenon, though not well enough yet "¦
Quotation SourceThe Hidden Ground of Love: The Letters of Thomas Merton on Religious Experience and Social Concerns.; Selected and edited by William H. Shannon. / New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. 1985, p. 465-66
Letter toMarco Pallis
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