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Read This Book to Help Counter Islamophobia
on April 18, 2009
This long-awaited and much needed book about Spiritual Direction in the Qur'an is a wonderful antidote to popular media messages about Islam and the Sacred Text of Islam, the Qur'an. Prepare yourself to be surprised by what you discover about the Qur'an! Jamal Rahman is not only a practicing Muslim, but also a well-respected Sheik and a descendent and student of a respected lineage of Sufi Muslim teachers from Bangladesh. He is also a serious student of many other religious traditions, including Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity and Judaism. His Interfaith work and associations with his co-authors and others, have helped him to make vital connections between Islam and the other Abrahamic traditions. Jamal's outlook on the Qur'an is deep. He and his co-authors focus on universal themes and messages present in all the Abrahamic traditions. They do not avoid differences, but look at the sacred texts of all three traditions from a cultural and historical perspective which allows for personal interpretation. Most important, they encourage us to apply the teachings directly to our lives, and give many practical examples of just how to do that. This book is not about religion. It's about life.