The Goal of Seekers, a Commentary on the Work “The Mother of Proofs”


Timbuktu (present-day Tombouctou in Mali), founded around 1100 as a commercial center for trade across the Sahara Desert, was also an important seat of Islamic learning from the 14th century onward. The libraries there contain many important manuscripts, in different styles of Arabic scripts, which were written and copied by Timbuktu’s scribes and scholars. These works constitute the city’s most famous and long-lasting contribution to Islamic and world civilization. Bughyat al-Tālibīn li-mā Taḍammanatuhu Umm al-Barāhīn (The goal of seekers, a commentary on the work “The mother of proofs”) concentrates on the doctrine of the existence of God and God's single and unique nature. The writer, Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad al-Miṣrī, explains the meaning of the terms referring to the intimate knowledge of God, as well as belief in God, his angels, and his prophets.

Last updated: October 10, 2014