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The Thoughtful Guide to Islam

The Thoughtful Guide to Sufism
 

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The Thoughtful Guide to Islam
by
Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri

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Islam is the fastest growing religion in North America, and the world, with well over a billion followers. Since September 11, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the ongoing war against terror, the world has seemed to be heading inexorably towards greater confrontation between Muslim and non-Muslim cultures. At a time when communities increasingly tend to view each other with suspicion, this book cuts through the morass of misunderstanding and misinformation to give a true and timely overview of the universality and light of the prophetic message of Islam. It explains its history and development, the distinction between the original message and the traditions that have grown up around it, the life of Islam today, it's potential for bringing unity, and speculates on its future. Selections from key Islamic writings make this a classic introduction to the Islamic tradition for today.

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about as timely as any book can be, should be read, and re-read,
not only by so-called Christians but by many Muslims too.

The Guardian, London

Thoughtful without being an academic textbook, Shaykh Haeri shows us the completeness of Islam and gives many insights. He distinguishes between foundations and practices, and describes the conflation of the Prophet's teachings into legal jurisprudence. He shows how deep are the roots of Shi' and Sunni different beliefs about authority and the state. He describes the Caliphate, the flowering of Islamic learning and invention. He outlines the imposition of occidentalist national boundaries by the orientalist west. Many passages warm the heart, enlighten the mind and inspire the spirit. Christians who love contemplative prayer/meditation will find plenty to enjoy. The Epilogue looks at global techno-economic differences. The collapse of communism, and the failure of materialism could encourage the transformative path of Islam and submission. the scope of this Thoughtful Guide is impressive.
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Many books in English about Islam are written by western non-Muslims even if some of them are by Islamists and Orientalists in their own right. This book is written by a Muslim who has a non-Muslim, western readership in mind. The approach to Islam from its rapid and triumphant rise through its chequered history until today is viewed keeping the distinction between the human element, often fallible and perplexing, and the spiritual message of Islam with its transforming power for all who are open to it. In six chapters, the author takes us through the rise of Islam, its essential inspiration, its fundamental tenets and practices and a short history of its development.

At the heart of Islam is the "transactional way of life" (Din). The full living out of the Din is in the inner purification of the heart and the surrender to Allah outwardly expressed in personal and social behavior (Sharia). Islam transcends culture. Its unifying force, once translated into the arena of human life is ultimately neither social nor material but spiritual.

The book has timely correctives to many who still think that Muslims have a scant regard for women. It is not a book to be read just once.
Westminster Interfaith

Click here to review excerpts from its original version, The Elements of Sufism

The Thoughtful Guide to Sufism
by
Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri

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Sufism is the heart of Islam. Its key is an inner light and awakening, an outer courtesy and service to humanity. It relates to Islam much as the mystical tradition does to Christianity, but far more prominently. With authors like Rumi achieving all-time popularity, Sufism is increasingly acknowledged as a spiritual answer to modern materialism. This introductory guide describes its origins and background, the relationship with Islam, and its spread throughout the world. It covers what it means to be a Sufi and the relevance of Sufism in modern life. Biographies of prominent Sufis and selection of writings make this an indispensable guide to this profound tradition.


REVIEWS

about as timely as any book can be, should be read, and re-read,
not only by so-called Christians but by many Muslims too.

The Guardian, London

Shaykh Haeri writes of Sufism as the heart of Islam. He regards the Sufi movement "as a parallel to the prophet hood of Jesus, whose message was to destroy the Law of Moses, but to revive the spirit of the Law." Over centuries Sufis have been persecuted and misunderstood. They have tried to check un-Islamic ways and have led reform movements against oppression and colonialism. Sufis, he says, need to follow a Sufi master. A Sufi is a whole human being, primarily concerned with the "heart" that reflects the truth that exists within it beyond time and in time. The aim is to reach the pinnacle of "his" self by achieving physical silence. The Sufi path is one of self denial. I found this book an absorbing and heartfelt source of information.
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