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İbrahim Hakkı Erzurumi

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İbrahim Hakkı Erzurumi (18 May 1703 – 22 June 1780) was a Turkish Sufi philosopher[1] and encyclopedist. In 1756 he published his work Marifetname (Book of Gnosis) which was a compilation and commentary on astronomy, mathematics, anatomy, psychology, philosophy, and Islamic mysticism.[2] It is famous for containing the first treatment of post-Copernican astronomy by a Muslim scholar ('ālim).[3]


Core to Erzurumi's philosophy is that self-examination is absolutely necessary as part of the process of discovery of Allah: "Allah has revealed in His Divine Books, and has sent His prophets as guides to help lead us back to heedfulness. Only those who are able to wake up and rediscover that which is holy within themselves, can come close to our Creator, which is perfection." He is widely quoted for saying, "If we take a step towards Allah, He will come running to meet us."[4][5] Which is derived from a hadith qudsi.[6]


  1. ^ Bayman, Henry (2001) The Station of No Station: Open Secrets of the Sufis North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, CA;
  2. ^ Treasures of the national library of Turkey, Millî Kütüphane, Turkey;
  3. ^ Marifetname, Bulāq: 1257 a.h., pp. 144 - 152.
  4. ^ [1]Seven Levels of Being by Shaikh Tosun Bayrak al-Jerrahi];
  5. ^ HassanBeing Muslim
  6. ^ Hadith Qudsi 15. On the authority of Abu Hurayrah, who said that the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, said: Allah the Almighty said: "I am as My servant thinks I am. I am with him when he makes mention of Me. If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself; and if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an assembly better than it. And if he draws near to Me an arm's length, I draw near to him a fathom's length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed." It was related by al-Bukhari (also by Muslim, at-Tirmidhi and Ibn-Majah). "Forty Hadith Qudsi" Sacred Hadith

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  • İbrahim Hakkı Erzurumi (in Turkish)
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