-What is Jaheel? It is to love others than Allah. We call them jaheel, not the ones who do not know how to read and write. There are so many people who have read libraries of books and they had degrees as scholars but  they have no idea about the haqiqat(truth) and no naseeb from it. There are so many ummis(unlettered ones) that they have seen the truth and established relationship with it, although they do not know how to read and write. Now, they are those who we call alim(wise).

Translated by Barbaros Sert from “Ken’an Rifai, Sohbetler, p.164”


Kenan Rifai is a Turkish Mystic who lived between “1867-1950”. His teachings and autobigoraphy can be found on following websites:



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