, Abu ’l-Ḥasan b. al-Mug̲h̲allis, important Ṣūfī of the second generation of Ṣūfīs in Bag̲h̲dād, 155-253/772-867.¶
Born as the son of a pedlar ( saḳaṭī ) who had settled at an early date in the Kark̲h̲ [q.v.] quarter of Bag̲h̲dād, Sarī rose to be a distinguished wholesale trader, known for his honesty ( Taʾrīk̲h̲ Bag̲h̲dād (= TB) ix, 189). Like other merchants, he devoted himself to ḥadīt̲h̲ studies which, as the names of his teachers indicate, must have brought him from Bag̲h̲dād via Kūfa to Mecca ( Ḥilya , x, 127).
At the age of ca. 35-40 he encountered the saint Maʿrūf al-Kark…