Khwaja Abd Allah Ansari Shrine, Herat

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Commissioned in the 15th century, Khwaja Abd Allah Ansari Shrine holds the tomb of a notable Sufi mystic and saint. Built in the Timurid style, the building features elaborately decorated wall. Much of the complex, however, fell into disrepair during the Soviet invasion and has continued to deteriorate in subsequent years. Plan your visit to Khwaja Abd Allah Ansari Shrine and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Herat trip planner.
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  • Beautiful Mosque and Shrine in Herat. One part is very old and inside is hair from Prophet Mohamad AS 
    Beautiful Mosque and Shrine in Herat. One part is very old and inside is hair from Prophet Mohamad AS  more »
  • This is a large funeral Sufi complex, built in Timurid style, in which you immediately feel pious... A must-see when you are in Herat. 
    This is a large funeral Sufi complex, built in Timurid style, in which you immediately feel pious... A must-see when you are in Herat.  more »
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  • Abu Ismaïl Abdullah al-Herawi al-Ansari or Abdullah Ansari of Herat (1006–1088) known as Pir-i Herat Sage of Herat was a Muslim Sufi saint who lived in the 11th century in Herat (modern-day Afghanistan). One of the outstanding figures of 5th/11th century Khorasan, Ansari was a commentator of the Qur'an, scholar of the Hanbali school of thought (madhhab), traditionalist, polemicist, and spiritual master, known for his oratory and poetic talents in Arabic and Persian Abu Ismaïl Abdullah al-Herawi al-Ansari or Abdullah Ansari of Herat (1006–1088) known as Pir-i Herat Sage of Herat was a Muslim Sufi saint who lived in the 11th century in Herat (modern-day Afghanistan). One of the outstanding figures of 5th/11th century Khorasan, Ansari was a commentator of the Qur'an, scholar of the Hanbali school of thought (madhhab), traditionalist, polemicist, and spiritual master, known for his oratory and poetic talents in Arabic and Persian He excelled in the knowledge of Hadith, history, and ʻilm al-ansāb. He wrote several books on Islamic mysticism and philosophy in Persian and Arabic. His most famous work is "Munajat Namah" (literally 'Litanies or dialogues with God'), which is considered a masterpiece of Persian literature. After his death, many of his sayings recorded in his written works transmitted by his students were included in the Tafsir of Maybudi, "Kashf al-Asrar" (The Unveiling of Secrets). This is among the earliest complete Sufi Tafsirs (exegesis) of the Quran and has been published several times in 10 volumes. He used to avoid the company of the rich, powerful and the influential. His yearly majlis-e wa'az was attended by people from far and wide. Whatever his disciples and followers used to present to him was handed over to the poor and the needy. He is said to have had a very impressive personality, and used to dress gracefully. Khwajah Abdullah Ansari of Herat was a direct descendant of Abu Ayyub al-Ansari, a companion of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, being the ninth in line from him. The lineage is described, and traced in the family history records,as follows; Abu Ismail Khajeh Abdollah Ansari, son of Abu Mansoor Balkhi, son of Jaafar, son of Abu Mu'aaz, son of Muhammad, son of Ahmad, son of Jaafar, son of Abu Mansoor al-Taabi'i, son of Abu Ayyub al-Ansari. In the reign of the third Rashid Caliph, Uthman, Abu Mansoor al-Taabi'i took part in the conquest of Khorasan, and subsequently settled in Herat, his descendant Khwajah Abdullah Ansari died there in 1088.

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