He spent his working life teaching children with severe and multiple disabilities and developing training programmes to prevent the physical and sexual abuse of people with disabilities. Over the last 40 years Philip has practised meditation of various kinds. Its goal is to become the perfect mirror of the Formless through the purification of the heart. He himself was a leading light in a period so luminous that its brilliance still dazzles the eye some seven centuries later. For him, as for Sufism in general, love is not juxtaposed to knowledge.
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Iraqi was born near Hamadan, in what is today Iran. The name Iraqi does not refer to the modern country of Iraq, but to the local region around Hamadan. While still a young boy, he gained local fame for having memorized the entire Quran and reciting it aloud.
He went on to acquire an impressive education in his teens. This properly devout young man surprised everyone when he joined a group of traveling Kalandar dervishes. Kalandar Sufis had a bohemian, some would even say heretical, lifestyle and expression of the Muslim faith.
The young Iraqi eventually ended up in Multan in what is modern day Pakistan. Iraqi lived in Multan for 25 years, composing poetry. As the shaykh was dying, he supposedly named Iraqi to be his successor. But some in the order became jealous and denounced him to the local sultan who sought to have Iraqi arrested.
Iraqi fled the area with a few close companions, and they made their way to Mecca and Medina. Later they moved north to Konya in Turkey. This was Konya at the time of Rumi. Although Iraqi was nominally the head in exile of a large and respected Sufi order, he humbly became the disciple of another Sufi master -- Sadruddin Qunawi, who also lived in Konya at the time. Although less known in the West today, Qunawi was perhaps the preeminent Sufi teacher in Konya at the time, even better known than his neighbor Rumi.
Poems by Fakhruddin Iraqi.
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