Shaykh Ibn al Farid, the Sultan of the lovers of God, ‘Umar bin ‘Ali bin al-Murshid was born and raised in Cairo in the year 576 AH. He was named Ibn al-Farid since his father worked as a Farid (the one who announces the obligations between the husband and wife in a marriage contract). He became a renowned and undisputed Sufi poet and was nicknamed the Sultan of the lovers because of his unparalleled poetry expressing the love of God. His writing was a shining example of his personal profound love and spirituality for the essence life. A famous commentary on his poetry is titled “al-Ta’iyatal Kubra” and “al-Khamriya.”
He passed (may God be pleased with him) in the year 632 AH.