Category: Miscellaneous
Fatwa#: 39066
Asked Country: Canada

Answered Date: Sep 14,2017

Title: Does this book contain sorcery?


al-salam 'alaykum,

Please provide information about the book, Shams al-Maʿārif al-Kubrá by Aḥmad b. ʿAlī al-Būnī (d.622/1225). Is this book consist of sorcery? Who was al-Būnī?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

We are unable to comment on the book in reference as we do not have a copy of the book. Aḥmad binʿAlī al-Būnī was a sufi scholar who specialized in the ‘Science of Letters’ (Ilm al Huroof). He was born in the city of Bona (Annaba) in present day Algeria and died in Cairo1.


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Shibly bin Mizan

Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

معجم المؤلّفين 2: 25 أحمد البوني1

قال عمر كحالة عنه: عالم بعلم الحروف، من تصانيفه: مفاتيح أسرار الحروف



الأعلام 1: 174 البوني
يقول الزركلي: أحمد بن علي بن يوسف، أبو العبّاس البوني، صاحب المصنّفات في علم الحروف، متصوّف، مغربي الأصل، نسبته إلى بونة (بأفريقية على الساحل)، توفّي بالقاهرة، له شمس المعارف الكبرى


تاج العروس 18: 73

في تاج العروس للزبيدي، قال: أبو العبّاس أحمد بن علي البوني، صاحب شمس المعارف، واللمعة، شيخ الطريقة البونية في الأسماء والحروف

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