Shaikh Shahab-ud-Din ‘Umar b. Muhammad Suhrawardi
Suhrawardi was born at a time when the whole Muslim world was passing through a very critical phase of its history. In 615/1218 started the Mongol onslaught under Chingiz when one town after another was being ravaged and people were indiscriminately butchered without any check. Consequently the people lost their morale. It was during this period of insecurity and fear that Suhrawardi lived. These events influenced his mind and that is why the note of pessimism is often met with in his work in which he gives expression to his sadness on the decline in the moral character of his contemporaries.
Mahmud b. Ali al-Kashani rendered this work into Persian under the title Misbah-ul-Hidayah.
This English translation comprises more than half of the Misbah-ul-Hidayah. Lt. Col. H. Wilberforce Clarke rendered it into English from the Persian version.
ISBN No. 969-432-147-6. 14 cm. x 21.5 cm. xii +298 pp. (H.B)