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Essential Sufism Paperback – November 17, 1999
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'According to many Sufis, the essential truths of Sufism exist in all religions. The foundation for all mysticism includes the outer forms of religious practice, plus a life based on moral and ethical principles. The roots of the tree of religion are founded in religious law.... The branches of the tree are mysticism.... The fruit of the tree is the Truth, or God.'
Edited by James Fadiman and Robert Frager, this book reaches from the very beginnings of Sufi practice to the present, and pulls together materials that are luminous and spirit-provoking, from prayers that have survived a millennium to contemporary poetry. Writers such as Ibn al-Arabi, Ahmad al-Ghazzali, Hafiz, Rumi and Attar fill this book with an enchanting sense of a divine presence in the curiously distant yet all-to-present reality.
Many of the teachings of Sufi are very basic and practical, much moreso than one would think a mystical framework would be. And yet, God is practical in many ways. God particularly expects those with wisdom to impart the wisdom, and this is best done practically for many hearers. Action is the final essential component of wisdom.
The task of the Sufi is to recognise the Truth, to learn and remember it, and secondly, to help others to the Truth as well. As the task evolves, it becomes one process, which infiltrates daily life, worship, and all of existence. Nothing is apart from God. The Sufi strives to recognise this wholeness.Read more ›
Specifically, I'm recommending this book for Muslims, as it holds a wealth of knowledge going back to the words of the Prophet (PBUH), to modern scholars. The words of all the women and men in this book are PRICELESS, and should be read as they are beautiful expressions of of our pan-Islamic heritage.
Yet for anyone in seeking to own an open heart, this is the book for you.
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Great book. Teaches faith and enlightenment from various spiritual masters.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a very insightful book. The quotes and anecdotes are also engaging. I never knew how much went into Sufism.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
all of frager's books are written with love and gentleness - as a sufi should be. sufism is the soul that will save islam,Published 10 months ago by A. Meer
Excellent book to read and understand patience, gratitude and peacePublished 11 months ago by Nabil dajani
I am building a library and I thought this book would be a great addition to my libraryPublished 11 months ago by S. L. Pieper
Words can not explain my love for this book. It gives you such a strong sense of love and emotion from the minute you open it. It had me in tears within the first few pages.Published 11 months ago by Nilofer