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Stations of the Wayfarers has always been one of the pillars of Sufi studies for Arabic-speaking scholars and students. For generations, seekers and novices have depended on it to build up their knowledge. The fact that no English translation of this basic treatise exists is regrettable, although excerpts of it have been provided, notably in Professor Ravan Farhadi's work on Abdullah Al-Ansari published in the Curzon Sufi Series in 1996. The present complete translation is therefore aimed at filling that gap. English-speaking scholars and students will find in it an authoritative, detailed and inspiring description of the spiritual stages leading to annihilation and union with the Supreme Being. The depth of its concepts is astounding, yet Al-Ansari is invariably rational and devoted to Orthodox Islam, as represented by Hanafi School. The book has a structure that is unique, both in form and content. The Shaikh dictated it as a manual under a format designed to facilitate memorizing by students. It follows a mnemonic system, each chapter being divided into three levels, indication the degrees of the spiritual experience, as well as the "hierarch" of the candidates for the experience. A verse of the Qur an introduces each chapter. It is noteworthy that Al-Ansari was already blind when he dictated the treatise in 1082 A.D. (475 H.) The Stations consists of the following Parts or Sections: 1. The Beginnings, comprising chapters on Awakening, Repentance, Reckoning, Turning to God, Reflection, Meditation, Taking Shelter, Escape, Retreat or Inurement and Audition. 2. The Gates, comprising chapters on Grief, Fear, Solicitude, Reverence, Capitulation or Humility, Renunciation, Piety, Consecration or Devotion, Hope and Aspiration. Behavior, comprising chapters on Caring, Observation, Reverence, Honesty, Betterment, Rectitude, Reliance, Delegation, Trust and Submission. Distributed in USA by Rumi Bookstore
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// http://www.assoc-amazon.com/s/asw.js Thousands protest in Lahore against what they describe as “Talibanisation” of Pakistan. via Sufis march against Taliban – Asia – Al Jazeera English. Soon there will be tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands, insha’allah. And for those … Continue reading
Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan – Religious scholars call for implementation of Sufi teachings
// http://www.assoc-amazon.com/s/asw.js The following is a good article about re-invigorating the meaning and heart of these teachings and hopefully for the promotion of peace: Religious scholars call for implementation of Sufi teachings * Dr Sajid says certain groups using tombs … Continue reading
The importance of the place is, as Faruqi points to, that here the spiritual heritage that has passed down survives. Even in the midst of practices we may not approve of there are those that understand and celebrate the real spiritual underpinnings of our great deen. Continue reading
The leaders of a tiny upstate town some 180 miles from Ground Zero are demanding that a Muslim group dig up and remove two bodies they buried on their land. Read more from the Daily News article. This really got … Continue reading
Islamic Feminists Hold Pray-Ins at U.S. Mosques to Protest Gender-Segregated Worship and Other Discrimination Against Muslim Women. – WSJ.com
Islamic Feminists Hold Pray-Ins at U.S. Mosques to Protest Gender-Segregated Worship and Other Discrimination Against Muslim Women. – WSJ.com. There is nothing in Qur’an or Hadith that supports the practice of segregating the genders during prayers by having separate rooms. … Continue reading