Bayan al-Sa‘ada

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Bayan al-Sa‘ada fi Maqamat al-‘Ibada (Arabic: The Elucidation of Felicity concerning the Stations of Worship) is an exegesis on the Qur'an by Ni'matullāhī Sufi leader Sultan ‘Ali Shah in Arabic. This 19th century commentary is believed to be marking an epoch in the history of modern Shi'i Sufism by serving as a hermeneutic bridge between the pre-modern and modern stages of Shi‘i mystical exegesis[1]

Exegetic approach[edit]

This exegesis of the entire Qur'an is written from the Shi'i mystical viewpoint.[2] In his tafsir, Sultan 'Ali Shah included exoteric as well as Sufi commentary.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Institute of Ismaili Studies: Qur’anic Studies Lecture on Shi‘i Tafsir Classification and Sultan‘alishah’s Bayan al-Sa‘ada
  2. ^ Sufism: An Entry from Encyclopaedia of the World of Islam By Gholamali Haddad Adel, Mohammad Jafar Elmi, Hassan Taromi-Ra, p. 52
  3. ^ The Blackwell Companion to the Qur'an - p. 359, Andrew Rippin - 2008