Manufacturer: Oxford University Press
Rumi is the greatest mystic poet to have written in Persian, and the Masnavi is his masterpiece. Divided into six books and consisting of some 26,000 verses, the poem was designed to convey a message of divine love and unity to the disciples of Rumi's Sufi order, known today as the Whirling Dervishes. Like the earlier books, Book Three interweaves amusing stories with homilies to instruct pupils in the understanding of God's meaning. It has a special focus on epistemology, illustrated with narratives that involve the consumption of food. The first ever verse translation of Book Three of the Masnavi, It follows the original by presenting Rumi's most mature mystical teachings in simple and attractive rhyming couplets.'Our soul each moment struggles hard with death -Think of your faith as though it's your last breath.Your life is like a purse, and night and dayAre counters of gold coins you've put away'
Written from the ninth to the twentieth century, these poems represent the peak of Islamic Mystical writing, from Rabia Basri to Mian Mohammad Baksh. Reflecting both private devotional love and the attempt to attain union with God and become absorbed into the Divine, many poems in this edition are imbued with the symbols and metaphors that develop many of the central ideas of Sufism: the Lover, the Beloved, the Wine, and the Tavern; while others are more personal and echo the poet's battle to leave earthly love behind. These translations capture the passion of the original poetry and are accompanied by an introduction on Sufism and the common themes apparent in the works. This edition also includes suggested further reading.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
The Muslim thinker al-Ghazali (d. 1111) was one of the most influential theologians and philosophers of Islam and has been considered an authority in both Western and Islamic philosophical traditions. Born in northeastern Iran, he held the most prestigious academic post in Islamic theology in Baghdad, only to renounce the position and teach at small schools in the provinces for no money. His contributions to Islamic scholarship range from responding to the challenges of Aristotelian philosophy to creating a new type of Islamic mysticism and integrating both these traditions-falsafa and Sufism-into the Sunni mainstream.This book offers a comprehensive study of al-Ghazali's life and his understanding of cosmology-how God creates things and events in the world, how human acts relate to God's power, and how the universe is structured. Frank Griffel presents a serious revision of traditional views on al-Ghazali, showing that his most important achievement was the creation of a new rationalist theology in which he transformed the Aristotelian views of thinkers such as Avicenna to accord with intellectual currents that were well-established within Muslim theological discourse. Using the most authoritative sources, including reports from al-Ghazali's students, his contemporaries, and his own letters, Griffel reconstructs every stage in a turbulent career. The al-Ghazali that emerges offers many surprises, particularly on his motives for leaving Baghdad and the nature of his "seclusion" afterwards. Griffel demonstrates that al-Ghazali intended to create a new cosmology that moved away from concerns held earlier by Muslim theologians and Arab philosophers. This new theology aimed to provide a framework for the pursuit of the natural sciences and a basis for Islamic science and philosophy to flourish beyond the 12th century.Al-Ghazali's Philosophical Theology is the most thorough examination to date of this important thinker.
This is an eye-opening exploration of a troubling phenomenon: the fast-growing belief in Muslim countries that the end of the world is at handÂ—and with it the Â“Great Battle,â€ prophesied by both Sunni and Shii tradition, which many believers expect will begin in the Afghan-Pakistani borderlands. Jean-Pierre Filiu uncovers the role of apocalypse in Islam over the centuries, and highlights its extraordinary resurgence in recent decades. Identifying 1979 as a decisive year in the rise of contemporary millenarian speculation, he stresses the ease with which subsequent events in the Middle East have been incorporated into the intellectual universe of apocalyptic propagandists. Filiu also shows how Christian and Jewish visions of the Final Judgment have stimulated alarmist reaction in Islamic lands, both in the past and today, and examines the widespread fear of Christian Zionist domination as an impetus to jihad. Though the overwhelming majority of Muslims remains unpersuaded, the mounting conviction in the imminence of apocalypse is a serious matter, especially for those who are preparing for it.
Thalaathatul-Usool: The Three Fundamental Principles [Self Study/Teachers Edition]:: A Twenty Five Part Educational Course on Islaam
Manufacturer: Taalib al-Ilm Educational Resources
A complete course for the believing men and women who want to learn their religion from the ground up, building a firm foundation upon which to base their lives, focus, and actions. This is the second in our series on Islamic beliefs and making them a reality in your life which began with â€œal-Waajibat: The Obligatory Matters.â€ This course utilizes various commentaries of Sheikh Muhammad Ibn â€˜Abdul Wahaabâ€™s original text from the following scholars of our age: - Sheikh â€˜Abdul â€˜Aziz ibn Baaz - Sheikh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-â€™Utheimeen - Sheikh Saalih Ibn Saâ€™d as-Suhaymee - Sheikh Saalih al-Fauzaaan â€“ - Sheikh Muhammad Amaan al-Jaamee - Sheikh Saalih aal Sheikh â€“ and others (in addition to various statements of scholars of the Sunnah throughout the centuries) Course Features: Thalaathatul Usool Arabic Text and English Translation Courses are divided into twenty-five lessons which discuss such vital topics as: - â€œWho is your Lord?â€ â€“ â€œWho is your Prophet?â€ â€“ â€œWhat is your religion?â€ - The Pillars of Islaam- The Pillars of Faith - Having Allegiance to the Believers and How to Deal with Them - How to Deal with the Disbelievers in the Correct Manner - Commanding the Good and Forbidding the Evil - Emigration to the Lands of Islaam - How to Make Islaam a Reality in Your Life - How to Put into Practice all that you Learn in this Course, inshâ€™Allaah - Review Questions and Vocabulary after each Chapter, along with Quizzes and Tests - A Compilation of Points of Benefit Found Throughout the Book This Self Study/Teachers Edition contains an answer key to all of the questions, quizzes and exams, and is meant for the teacher or the one studying the book on her own.
Undogmatic, non-suffocating, spiritual and universal, The Hidden Wisdoms of Islam takes you on a Spiritual journey to unravel the grandest and most hidden secret of the universes. It shares the deepest insights about The Reality and our true self. Inspirational to some, informative to others, all will certainly benefit from this non-orthodox tafseer (interpretation) of the spiritual messages of Islam. This book will help you to understand the concepts easily. The language is as simple as possible and free of difficult meta-physical jargons. Each concept is carefully and clearly presented in diagrams for your easier understanding of the hidden wisdoms. You will be amaze to find that Islam is a deep well of Spiritual wisdoms even though, with the seeming confusion and chaos around Islam today, it does not seem like it. Focusing on the universal truths that influence all life, The Hidden Wisdoms of Islam offers a picture of the way life could be better. It challenges us to forsake the imagined boundaries and look instead to all that we can attain as part of The Reality.
First published in 1957, Destination Mecca was both an ambitious travel book and a work of ethnographic and cultural research. Shah documents a wide range of fascinating journeys, from his quest for the gold mines of King Solomon on Sudan's Red Sea Coast, to encounters in desert caravanserais and sojourns with Mediterranean contraband smugglers, to his time as a personal guest of the elderly King Ibn Saud. As readable now as it was when first published, Destination Mecca acts as a beacon for hands on adventurers and those of a more sedate kind.
The tenets of Islam cannot be grasped without a proper understanding of the Qur'an. In this important new introduction, Muhammad Haleem examines its recurrent themesÂ -- life and eternity, marriage and divorce, peace and war, water and nourishment -- and for the first time sets these in the context of the Qur'an's linguistic style. Professor Haleem examines the background to the development of the surahs (chapters) and the ayahs (verses) and the construction of the Qur'an itself. He shows that popular conceptions of Islamic attitudes to women, marriage and divorce, war and society, differ radically from the true teachings of the Qur'an.
This book for juveniles charts the development of Mecca as the most holy city for the world s community of Muslims, & explains clearly the history of Islam itself. It is the duty of all Muslims to try at least once in their lives to make a pilgrimage to Mecca. A selection of attractive & informative photos & maps reveals a holy city steeped in cultural heritage & awesome in its magnetism. The book shows how Mecca symbolizes the richness of Islam through its traditions, its religious festivals, & powerful art & architecture. Full-color photos.
Mecca and the Hajj: Lessons from the Islamic School of Hard Knocks
Manufacturer: Straitwell Travel Books
When American Muslim Jane Straitwell decided to go to Mecca for the holy Hajj pilgrimage, she got much more than she bargained for. Join her on this delightful yet arduous journey through the heart of Islam. This incredible book, written by someone who has actually experienced and endured all of the splendor, pageantry, spirituality, suffering and hardship that is Hajj, will give both Muslims and non-Muslims a true picture of what a Hajj journey is like -- and you will be totally entertained along the way!