Author: Louay Fatoohi
View: 2626This book examines in detail the concept of "abrogation" in the Qur’an, which has played a major role in the development of Islamic law and has implications for understanding the history and integrity of the Qur’anic text. The term has gained popularity in recent years, as Muslim groups and individuals claim that many passages about tolerance in the Qur’an have been abrogated by others that call on Muslims to fight their enemies. Author Louay Fatoohi argues that this could not have been derived from the Qur’an, and that its implications contradict Qur’anic principles. He also reveals conceptual flaws in the principle of abrogation as well as serious problems with the way it was applied by different scholars. Abrogation in the Qur’an and Islamic Law traces the development of the concept from its most basic form to the complex and multi-faceted doctrine it has become. The book shows what specific problems the three modes of abrogation were introduced to solve, and how this concept has shaped Islamic law. The book also critiques the role of abrogation in rationalizing the view that not all of the Qur’anic revelation has survived in the "mushaf", or the written record of the Qur’an. This role makes understanding abrogation an essential prerequisite for studying the history of the Qur’anic text.
Author: ʻAbd al-Qādir al-Jīlānī,Ibn-Abī-Ṣāliḥ ʿAbd-al-Qādir al-Ǧīlānī,Muḥyī al-Dīn ʿAbd al-Qādir al-Ǧīlānī,ʻAbdul-Qādir al-Jīlānī,Hadrat Abdul-Qadir Al-Jilani,Tosun Bayrak
Category: Social Science
View: 6310An interpretative translation by Shaykh Tosun Bayrak of Sirr al-Asrar by Hadrat Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (1077-1166AD), considered by many to be one of the greatest saints of Islam and the eponymous founder of the Qadiriyya order. This book, appearing in English for the first time, contains the very essence of Sufism, giving a Sufi explanation of how the outward practises of Islam—prayer, fasting, almsgiving and pilgrimage—contain a wealth of inner dimension which must be discovered and enjoyed if external actions are to be performed in a manner pleasing to God. When this is achieved the soul finds true peace and the spiritual life becomes complete.
Essays on Spiritual Practice, Oneness, Majesty and Beauty, with Ibn ʻArabi's Glossary of 199 Sufi Technical Terms
Author: Ibn al-ʻArabī
View: 3048Examines the fundamentals of the Sufi tradition and discusses spirituality, rituals, prayer, and the nature of knowledge
Secret of Secrets and Guidance to Mysticism
Author: Es-Seyyid Es-Shaykh Ansari
View: 1350Grand Masters of Sufism brings together in one volume two paramount texts from two of the most influential shaykhs in the history of Sufism. Abdul Qadir Geylani and Ahmed er Rifai were cousins who lived contemporaneously. They separately embraced personal missions to teach tasawwuf, a method of spiritual purification that leads to the opening up of a direct line of communication with the Supreme Being, Allah. This process is known today in the western world as Sufism. Masters Geylani and Rifai founded tariqas, or schools, of tasawwuf that have borne their names since their inception in the 12th century C.E. They each wrote texts that captured the unique flavor of their respective tariqas. Abdul Qadir Geylani's Secret of Secrets and Ahmed er Rifai's Guidance to Mysticism present concepts of the Sufi path in profound detail, and can each stand alone as a work of unparalleled authority. Together they comprise a veritable textbook for students of Sufism and all who would seek a deeper understanding of the mysteries of spiritual life. While Abdul Qadir Geylani's Secret of Secrets has been widely disseminated, the present translation is remarkable in that it combines the interpretation of ancient spiritual concepts in terms of modern English usage with the use of key words in transliterated Arabic. These key terms, translated once in each chapter, have no simple English equivalents. The translator's intention is to encourage the understanding of these terms and the concepts they represent as the text is being read. A careful reading of the text in simple English with a sprinkling of these key terms will broaden the modern reader's understanding of ancient spiritual concepts and practices, thus adapted to a twenty-first century mindset. Ahmed er Rifai's Guidance to Mysticism has never before been translated into the English language. This ground-breaking translation uses the same technique described above, with important additions. It was first disseminated over the Internet with the translator, Shaykh Taner Ansari, during his weekly talks with students. During these talks, Shaykh Taner gave explanation of the text by way of commentary and answers to questions from the students. These commentaries and some of the dialogue from these sessions have been incorporated into the chapters of the book, the result being an excellent study guide for those who are interested in a deep understanding of Sufism from the point of view of this great Sufi master and the tariqa that bears his name. Contextual understanding of terminology and some personages mentioned in the volume is enhanced by historical data found in the biographies of the two authors and in occasional footnotes throughout the volume. As Pir of the Ansari Tariqa of Qadiri Rifai Sufi Tariqa, Shaykh Taner is uniquely poised to bring his interpretation of these two works to the modern readership. His Sufi training in the traditions of both Abdul Qadir Geylani and Ahmed er Rifai under the auspices of the tariqa that combines both teachings and methodologies lends him a singular authority in this regard. Shaykh Taner's deep spiritual connection to these Sufi masters comes through the unbroken lineage of shaykhs, from the two masters to his own Shaykh Muhyiddin Ansari, who charged him with the task of bringing these books in fresh and true translation to the modern spiritual seeker. The result of his endeavor is Grand Masters of Sufism, a book wrought in reverence and love.
Author: Hazrat S. Yahyaal-Suhrawardi,Yaḥyá ibn Ḥabash Suhrawardī,Tosun Bayrak
View: 1488This treatise on the nature and levels of the human soul considers the limitations of human senses and our true or theomorphic essence; the various realms or Centers, including Absolute Mind as well as Ordinary Mind and Divine Mind; the nature of firmaments; and the meaning of pleasure and pain.
Author: Louay Fatoohi
Publisher: Luna Plena Pub
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
View: 4782The Qur'anic sura (chapter) of Joseph deals almost entirely with the story of this noble Prophet, his brothers, and their father Prophet Jacob. Since the revelation of the Qur'an fourteen centuries ago, there have been numerous attempts to interpret this sura. The present study is a genuinely new look at the sura - including careful examination of the historical background of its story and detailed comparison with the corresponding Biblical narrative. While referring to interpretations from classical exegetical works, this book offers new insights into the meanings and magnificence of this Qur'anic text. The author is not only concerned with analysing the individual verses; he is equally focused on showing how various verses are interrelated, explicitly and subtly, to form a unique textual unit. He shows particular interest in unveiling subtle references and meanings that are often overlooked or missed by exegetes. Through this comprehensive study, the author elucidates why the Qur'an has always been firmly believed to be a unique book that could have only been inspired by Allah. Thorough and scholarly but easy to read, this book is intended for both the general reader and the specialist. Whether you are a scholar of Qur'anic exegesis (tafsir), have general interest in Qur'anic studies and the Qur'anic story of Prophet Joseph, or interested in comparative religion, you will find this in-depth and detailed study of the sura of Joseph informative, enlightening, and thought-provoking. No knowledge of Arabic or the Qur'an is required for reading the book.
Author: David Hupperts
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
View: 4891"Knights, magic, guns, and monsters - the desert is an unforgiving place. If you want to live, you must understand and follow the rules of the land. One, everything has teeth. Everything. Two, someone wants what you have and they are willing to die to try and take it from you. Let them try. Three, the sands are infinite--you are not. The Endless Western Wastes do not give up what they have already claimed. If you are careless, if you stray too far from shelter and safety, no one will ever find you." - from the Hunter's Handbook. As a Hunter of the City, Ashara spends her days scavenging for supplies, ousting monster dens, and keeping an ever-watchful eye on the horizon. Though the sun beats heavily, the beasts howl the night away, and the waterways constantly run dry, she, like so many others, stays vigilant and maintains the tenants. "Keep your gun close, your head down, and always serve the City." Each and everyone one of them knows that one day... Well. One day you just don't come back. Set in a desert wasteland on the fictional world of Etolis, Ashara is a nail-biting, tension-filled adventure filled with guns, magic, stupid decisions, selfless-bravery and terribly large teeth. Told from the perspective of a scholar many years later, join him in his attempts to recreate the early years of one of history's most prominent folk-heroes.
Author: Ibn al-ʻArabī,James Winston Morris
Publisher: Pir PressInc
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
View: 3331"The continuation of our acclaimed English translation of Les Iluminations de la Meque. Volume II contains more of the "Greatest Shaykh's" wisdom for the first time in English. Subjects include: the gnostic and the sacred law, the mystic properties of the Quranic letters, the secrets of Forgiveness and the attainment of Divine Nearness."--Publisher's website.
Author: Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani
View: 6894A compilation of daily and weekly supplications and invocations devoted to Prophet Muhammad that contain specific, immense benefits for supplicants. Taken from authentic Arabic sources, prayers featured in this work have been recited for centuries by Muslims around the world.