Fatima Bard’ieh
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A female ‘Aref (Divine Cognoscente) & Shat-t
āh (Terse In Sufi Prose) [1] lived in Ardabil in Iran’s Azerbaijan.
Some of the Sufi Grand Sheikhs asked her about the meaning of the Hadith Qudsi (Holy Narrations, Sayings of Allah that are not a part of the Koran), “I sit with the one who remembers Me (Allah)”. She spend an hour conversing with the people who asked the question and then said [2]:
“Dhikr (Divine Remembrance) is to be uninterruptedly conscious of who is being remembered while in Hus (ITs) remembrance. Therefore all remembrance & traces of you do Fanā (Evanesce) in lieu of Hus Dhikr (Divine Remembrance). And only remains Hus Dhikr (Divine Remembrance) with you (in place of you) whilst nothing of space & time remains”
(Source: Nafāhatol 'Uns by Jāmi)
[1] Shat-h is a terse & laconic tradition of prose amongst the Sufi Grand Sheikhs that conveys a plethora of meanings in few seemingly rude & quick words. To untrained eyes these words are blasphemy, but reading them carefully one uncovers a wealth of spiritual consciousness. INSHALLAH will translate more on this subject from the Tusi book.
[2] She does not give them an answer immediately, she first spends time (Sohbat) to get to know them and understand their level of spiritual development. Note that the Sufi Grand Sheikhs went to a woman to learn from her. Yet a lot remains to be understood about the role of the women in Sufi education of Sheikhs.
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