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Sufi Experience of God

Author : (Sarwari Qaderi) MD FAAP Ahmad Javid
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Sufi Experience of God by Faqir Dr. Ahmad Javid Sarwari Qaderi takes us through the journey within. Like long cherished wisdom from a dear and intimate friend, Ahmad Javid with uncanny insight, captures the many forms and stages of love towards God. His poetry like writing mimics the stages of the mystic's path towards God. Filled with personal recollections and experiences of other Sufis, Dr. Javid takes you on a journey in which pure love dissolves personal boundaries and human limitations. In this expedition to unearthing the noble truths, you are gradually exposed to the universal mysticism encoded in the Qur'an and in the classical Sufi traditions. In this stunning book, Dr. Ahmad Javid has brilliantly succeeded in capturing the essence of the Qur'an. He is turning out to be one of Islam's greatest poetic and spiritual voices in the West. Sufi Experience of God is a dervish guide to life and love in the modern world.

Knowledge of God in Classical Sufism

Author : John Renard
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This volume, the ninth on Islamic material to be published in the Classics of Western Spirituality series, brings to light a highly significant but little known area of Islamic spirituality. Editor John Renard has assembled here a volume of texts, most translated here for the first time, culled from the great Sufi manuals of spirituality, on the theme of the complex and multi-faceted role of knowledge in relation to the spiritual life. He presents excerpts on knowledge from the works of nine major Muslim teachers, most translated from Arabic, but also including important texts from Persian originals. The Introduction offers a survey of the development of Sufi modes of knowing through the thirteenth century in their broader context, and then focuses on the manuals or compendia of Sufi spirituality treated here. Historical notes provide brief identifications of many of the individual sources and personalities mentioned throughout the treatises.

The Friends of God

Author : Jürgen Wasim Frembgen
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The first monograph on Sufi Poster Art takes the reader into a world of imagination, full of emotion and inspiration. Modern poster-prints depicting 'The Friends of God' and their shrines are a vivid medium of piety and devotion.

Biographical Encyclopaedia of Sufis

Author : N. Hanif
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The Sufi Experience

Author : Sharon Marcus
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A tradition on the nature of consciousness offers a platform to build an ascent to the revelations of divine wisdom, mysteries as irrelevant to the molecules and atoms of science as they are to the assumptions of psychology. It is a systematic analysis based on presumptions of faith in God and the determination to make that faith deeper and deeper, based in fact, on the longing and hunger of the soul to know its source, its origin, to merge in a blissful union of one with One. We turn to God as the truth, the truth as an absolute both knowable and attainable through the purification of true prayer. Presenting the relevations and experiences of someone dedicated to the Sufi path, this book is for anyone who ever wanted the miraculous in such abundance it would seem ordinary.

Living Sufism

Author : Nicolaas H. Biegman
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Sufism, the mystical tradition of Islam, is as far from the strident and often violent fundamentalist strain of the religion that has so captured world attention as it is possible to be. Sufis in all parts of the Islamic world are broad-minded, tolerant, and non-violent, their quest only to find and approach God through all means, including poetry, music, and dance. Historian Nicolaas Biegman has been observing and photographing Sufi practice and ritual in different Muslim lands for many years, and here in this collection of extraordinary photographs he feels the pulse of the Sufi experience, with its enormous variety in discipline and exuberance, intellectualism and spontaneity, in Egypt, Syria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Macedonia. In accompanying texts he explores what lies behind the rituals, and explains aspects of Sufi life and practice such as the position of women.

On Sharing Religious Experience

Author : Jerald D. Gort
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Morals and Mysticism in Persian Sufism

Author : Lloyd Ridgeon
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Sufism is often understood to be the mystical dimension of Islam, and many works have focused on the nature of "mystical experiences" and the relationship between man and God. Yet Sufism was a human response to a wide range of contexts and circumstances; the fact that Sufis lived in society and interacted with the community necessitating guidance on how to behave. This book examines the development of Persian Sufism, showing it to be a practical philosophy of the everyday rather than just a metaphysical phenomena. The author explores the ethic of futuwwat (or jawanmardi), an Iranian code of honour that emphasised loyalty, humility, generosity and bravery. Although inevitably some Sufis spiritualised this code of honour and applied it to their own relationship with God, the ethic continued to permeate Sufi behaviour on a more mundane level, typified by the strong links between Sufis and certain trades. Drawing on field research in Iran, as well as detailed analysis of both Arabic and Persian texts and new materials that have been published in Iran in recent years, this is the first book in English to provide a history of Persian Sufi-futuwwat, As such, this book is an important contribution to the study of Persian Sufism, and to the fields of Islam, history and religion.

Daily Life in the Medieval Islamic World

Author : James E. Lindsay
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From the time of its birth in Mecca in the 7th century C.E., Islam and the Islamic world rapidly expanded outward, extending to Spain and West Africa in the west, and to Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent in the east. An examination of the daily life in these Islamic regions provides insight into a civilized, powerful, and economically stable culture, where large metropolitan centers such as Damascus, Baghdad, and Cairo thrived in many areas, including intellectual and scientific inquiry. In contrast with medieval Europe, there is little common knowledge in the West of the culture and history of this vibrant world, as different from our own in terms of the political, religious, and social values it possessed, as it is similar in terms of the underlying human situation that supports such values. This book provides an intimate look into the daily life of the medieval Islamic world, and is thus an invaluable resource for students and general readers alike interested in understanding this world, so different, and yet so connected, to our own.

The Throne Carrier of God

Author : Jamal J. Elias
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This book constitutes a comprehensive investigation of the life and teachings of one of the most famous Sufis of the Iranian world. Simnani spent his early life as a courtier at the Ilkhanid Mongol court and was a cherished companion of the emperor Arghun. After a mystical experience on the battlefield, he turned his back on a life of luxury and became a Sufi. He advanced rapidly in his spiritual quest and soon became one of the most influential Sufi masters in Iran. Working primarily from the most reliable Arabic and Persian manuscripts of Simnani's writings, the author has analyzed Simnani's thinking to show the overall coherence of his world-view and to demonstrate the importance of his ideas to the development of Islamic mysticism. Along with this analysis, the author provides a detailed account of Simnani's life and times, as well as a systematic description of Simnani's instructions for Sufi practioners of all levels.


Author : William C. Chittick
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The Sufi tradition, commonly associated with the Whirling Dervishes and the poetry Rumi, is introduced here in a new guide. William C. Chittick offers insight into the origins, context, and key themes of this movement. After a general overview of the tradition, he draws upon the words of some of the greatest Sufi writers - among them Ibn Arabi, Beha Walad and Rumi - to give a perspective on the teachings and beliefs of Sufism and its proponents. Areas covered include the history and growth of Sufism, and its relationship to Islam; the mystical and spiritual properties of music and dance; the qualities of Sufi writing, with many examples; the beliefs, practices and philosophies of Sufism as seen through the eyes of several major figures; and Sufism in the modern world. This book will be appreciated by anyone interested in Sufism, from those who know nothing about it to students, scholars and experts alike.

The Quranic Sufism

Author : Mir Valiuddin
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This book aims at outlining the fundamental tenets of Sufi Mysticism, which derived its inspiration from the teachings of the Quran and developed as 'a process of spititual culture' within the framework of Islam. Book devoted to delineations of Sufi concepts of God in immanence and transcendence; the worship of God and the descent of the absolute ; inward and outward experience of divine presence; the concepts of good and evil, free will and determinism. The Quranic Sufism is highly acclaimed. It fills the void felt by researchers and scholars as well as general readers.

The Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan The Vision of God and Man Confessions Four Plays

Author : Hazrat Inayat Khan
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Sufi A Commentary

Author : Sharon Marcus
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Not revelation, but the accent, the flavor of revelation, this commentary offers a description or analysis of the mysteries at the heart of Sufi experience. The true study of Sufism does not begin in a book or in scholarly investigations because this is an inner pursuit, a path which lies within that must be examined experientially by anyone who has a hunger to know what must be known, and that translated means a hunger for God and His truth. Some talk of losing their faith, some talk of not being able to find their faith, but Sufis know faith is a given, it is already there, not something we can lose like an object, a toy, a set of keys, although we have to undertake the task of uncovering it, shining it up so that this faith can recognize the light of our original purity.

Prayer of the Heart in Christian and Sufi Mysticism

Author : Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
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Prayer of the Heart in Christian & Sufi Mysticism guides the reader through the stages of mystical prayer. Mystical prayer is a way to create a living relationship with the Divine within the heart. Drawing on Christian and Sufi sources such as St. Teresa of Avila, Attar, St. John of the Cross, and Rumi, as well as from his own experience, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee describes how prayer is first born of need, but then takes one deep within the heart, into the stages of Union and Ecstasy. Through mystical prayer, one is drawn beyond any words into the interior silence of real communion with God. Here, in the silence within the heart, a meeting and merging takes place that carries us beyond our self into the mystery of divine presence, into the secret nature of love's oneness. Prayer of the Heart in Christian and Sufi Mysticism explores the inner listening of the heart, and the secret of 'pray without ceasing' in which we discover how prayer becomes alive within the heart. Finally there is a chapter on the need at this time to pray for the Earth. How can we pray for the well-being of the Earth? How can we include the Earth in our prayers and our heart? This little book is an offering of the heart that brings together the Christian and Sufi mystical traditions in the oneness of love to which they belong. It will benefit any practitioner of prayer, anyone who is drawn to discover a relationship with God within their heart.

Travelling the Path of Love

Author : Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
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With the passion and depth of feeling that belongs to lovers, Sufi masters through the centuries have described the soul's journey toward union with God. This collection of sayings, dating from the 9th century to the present day, follows the stages of this journey, allowing the masters to beckon us along this ancient path. Speaking with the experience of those who have tasted the mysteries of divine love, their words reach beyond the mind and into the heart.


Author : A.J. Arberry
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Originally published in 1950.Thinkers such as Ghazali and Ibn `Arabi, poets such as Ibn al-Farid, Rumi, Hafiz and Jami were greatly inspired by the lives and sayings of the early Sufis. This book was the first short history of Sufism to be published in any language, illustrating the development of its doctrines with numerous quotations from literature.


Author : Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan
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"... Foundation work on fostering personal transformation."--Dust jacket.

The Cambridge Companion to Sufism

Author : Lloyd Ridgeon
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This book traces the evolution of Sufism from the formative period to the present.

Sufi Narratives of Intimacy

Author : Sa'diyya Shaikh
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Thirteenth-century Sufi poet, mystic, and legal scholar Muhyi al-Din ibn al-'Arabi gave deep and sustained attention to gender as integral to questions of human existence and moral personhood. Reading his works through a critical feminist lens, Sa'diyya Shaikh opens fertile spaces in which new and creative encounters with gender justice in Islam can take place. Grounding her work in Islamic epistemology, Shaikh attends to the ways in which Sufi metaphysics and theology might allow for fundamental shifts in Islamic gender ethics and legal formulations, addressing wide-ranging contemporary challenges including questions of women's rights in marriage and divorce, the politics of veiling, and women's leadership of ritual prayer. Shaikh deftly deconstructs traditional binaries between the spiritual and the political, private conceptions of spiritual development and public notions of social justice, and the realms of inner refinement and those of communal virtue. Drawing on the treasured works of Sufism, Shaikh raises a number of critical questions about the nature of selfhood, subjectivity, spirituality, and society to contribute richly to the prospects of Islamic feminism as well as feminist ethics more broadly.