A Mine of Meaning (Ma’din ul-Ma’ani): Discourses of Sheikh Sharafuddin Maneri as recorded by Zain Badr Arabi
A Mine of Meaning certainly broadens this ‘knowledge’. Even more importantly, however, it leads us into a deeper sense of God. This is because Maneri, besides being a scholar, was a person who lived in the presence of God. It is this ‘sense’ that is conveyed in the work. It touches people deeply. It is this impact-laden dimension, rooted in Maneri’s personal experience, that favours the use of the singular, ‘Meaning.’
A Mine of Meaning presents the collected discourses of the important fourteenth century Sufi master Shaykh Sharafuddin Maneri. Covering detailed aspects of theology, law, and the spiritual life, Shaykh Maneri brings together the fuction of scholar, teacher, and saint in communicating to his audience the goal of human perfection and the means for its attainment. This precious text is essential reading for students of Persianate Islam in general, and Indian Sufism in particular.
– Paul Jackson
A Mine of Meaning is a rendition of Ma’din ul-Ma’ani. It contains the teaching of Sharafuddin Maneri, a famous Indian Sufi who died in 1381. It belongs to the malfuz genre of Sufi literature, the form made popular by the early Chishti Sufis in India, as they themselves were reluctant to put pen to paper. It is an account of what was taught in assemblies presided over by Maneri himself. This highly esteemed malfuz of the Sultanate Period, 1206-1526, provides a privileged insight into the dynamics of the interaction between a Sufi Master and his disciples.
— Paul Jackson, S.J.