Abu-Said Abil-Kheir
Turkmenistan (967 - 1049) Timeline
Muslim / Sufi

Poems by Abu-Said Abil-Kheir
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Sheikh Abu-Said Abil-Kheir was one of the earlier Sufi poets. He lived more than two centuries before Rumi, yet, like Rumi, much of his mysticism follows a similar path of annihilation in divine Love.

Abu-Said's poetry ranges from the ecstatic and celestial, to struggles with abandonment. His poetry has an immediacy and even a sort of devoutly wry petulance that can draw comparisons with the great Bengali poet, Ramprasad.

Abu Said referred to himself as “Nobody, Son of Nobody,” to convey the mystic's sense of having completely merged or disappeared into the Divine, leaving no trace of the ego behind.

He lived in Mayhana in what is modern day Turkmenistan, just north of Iran and Afghanistan in Central Asia.

Poems by Abu-Said Abil-Kheir

Recommended Books: Abu-Said Abil-Kheir

The Longing in Between: Sacred Poetry from Around the World (A Poetry Chaikhana Anthology) This Dance of Bliss: Ecstatic Poetry from Around the World The Drunken Universe: An Anthology of Persian Sufi Poetry Nobody, Son of Nobody: Poems of Shaikh Abu-Saeed Abil-Kheir Love's Alchemy: Poems from the Sufi Tradition
The Mystics of Islam Under the Sufi's Cloak: Stories of Abu Said and His Mystical Teaching

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Abu Said Abil Khair and His Rubaiyat

A book review that includes several anecdotes from the life of Abu Said and also some poetry selections.
Abu-Said Abil-Kheir