Selected Sayings of Sahl al Tustari (d. 283H)

Wahhabism Unveiled


Imam Abu Muhammed Sahl ibn ‘Abd Allah al-Tustari (203-283H) was among the early scholars of Sufism/Tasawwuf. Ibn Taymiyya included him as an adherent of “Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamah” saying:

“The great shaykhs mentioned by Abu `Abd al-Rahman al-Sulami in Tabaqat al-sufiyya, and Abu al-Qasim al-Qushayri in al-Risala, were adherents of the school of Ahl al-Sunna wa al-Jama`a and the school of Ahl al-hadith, such as al-Fudayl ibn `Iyad, al-Junayd ibn Muhammad, Sahl ibn `Abd Allah al-Tustari, `Amr ibn `Uthman al-Makki, Abu `Abd Allah Muhammad ibn Khafif al-Shirazi, and others, and their speech is found in the Sunna, and they composed books about the Sunna.”  [Ibn Taymiyya, al-Risala al-Safadiyya (Riyad: matabi` hanifa, 1396/1976) 1:267.]

Some of the sayings of Sahl al Tustari (may Allah preserve his secrets) in commentary to the verses of the Quran are quoted below:

On abiding by Quran, Sunnah and Ijma

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