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Shaykh Abu Bakr Shibli (861 - 946) was an important Sufi of Persian[1] and a discple of Junayd Baghdadi.

He was born in Baghdad or Samarra from a family of Persian origin in Khorasan. He was a high official of Baghdad before he entered the spiritual path and became a disciple of Junayd Baghdadi.

His name is seen in many works including that of the Persian poets Attar, Rumi, Sanai and others. He was also associated with Hallaj. According to one source, he was in a constant state of (Jadhb) and was finally commited to an asylum [2], however others assert that he feigned madness.[3]

Attributed to him is the saying: "O people! I go to place beyond which these is no beyond. I go to the south and the north, to a place beyond which is there is no beyond. Everything that I saw after that I could see in one hair of my little finger".


  1. ^ Leonard Lewisohn, "The Heritage of Sufism: Classical Persian Sufism from its origins to Rumi", the University of Michigan, 1999. pg 53: "Two Persian Sufis - Mansur Hallaj and Abu Bakr Shibli(d. 945), the latter from Samarqand by origin but born origin in Baghdad
  2. ^ S.H. Nasr, "Philosophy and Cosmology" in William Bayne Fisher and Richard Nelson Frye, The Cambridge History of Iran (Vol 4.), Cambridge University Press, 1975. pp 455
  3. ^ Leonard Lewisohn, The Heritage of Sufism: Classical Persian Sufism from its origins to Rumi, University of Michigan, 1999


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