Haqiqat al-Tariqa – Reality of Spiritual Path ( Urdu Audio Book ) By Shaykh Ashraf Ali Thanvi


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URDU AUDIO BOOK of Shaykh Ashraf Ali Thanvi’s beautiful collection and explanations of about 330 selected Hadiths (teachings of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon him)) that guide the seekers of truth, the wayfarers on the Path of God, the desirers of spiritual lives, the aspirants of the unveiling of spiritual realities, and the strivers of closeness and intimicy of God. Shaykh Ashraf Ali Thanvi (1863 – 1943 A.D.) was a great Indian Muslim scholar and saint who was an embodiment of both external religious knowledge and practice and of internal spiritual states and excellences that are the real meanings of Islam. Shaykh Ashraf Ali Thanvi was a prolific author who wrote over 800 books on all facets of Islam including jurisprudence, tafsir (explanation of Quran), Hadith (teaching of Prophet Muhammad), beliefs (‘Aqaid), morality (Ikhlaqiyat), social living (Ma’ashirat), Tasawwuf (spirituality), and Suluk (spiritual path) etc. He was a spiritual guide to many in his lifetime and after his death, his books on spirituality and spiritual path still provide guidance to all seekers of truth. He wrote a collection of many short books called “Al-Takashshuf ‘Un Muhimmat al-Tassawwuf” (The Unveiling and Exposition of the Challenges and Hurdles of the Spiritual Path). One of the books included in this great collection of short books is “Haqiqat ut-Tariqa min as-Sunnat il-‘Aniqa” which in short is called “Haqiqat ut-Tariqa” (The Reality of the Spiritual Path from the Refined Way of Prophet Muhammad [Peace be Upon Him]). This book is augmented by another short book (about 30 pages long) in the same collection (“Al-Takashshuf ‘Un Muhimmat al-Tassawwuf”) called “al-Nukat ad-Daqiqa mimma yata’allaqu bil-Haqiqa” (The Subtle Points Related to the Spiritual Realities) which is also a collection of about 20 Hadiths whose explanations provided by Shaykh Thanvi, clarify some complex and subtle issues related to the spiritual struggle. Both books “Haqiqat ut-Tariqa” (The Reality of the Spiritual Path from the Refined Way of Prophet Muhammad [Peace be Upon Him]) and “al-Nukat ad-Daqiqa” (The Subtle Points) together constitute a collection of a total of about 350 Hadiths alongwith their source references and their convincing, insightful, and eye-opening explanations by Shaykh Thanvi provided here in the form of audio book, provide undeniable evidence of the legality and centrality of Tasawwuf/Spirituality/Ihsan/Sufism in traditional Islamic learnings through the teachings of none other than Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon him). In other words, this book “Haqiqat ut-Tariqa” (The Reality of the Spiritual Path) provides the hadiths of Tasawwuf alongwith the beautiful, revealing and often glossed over explanations provided by Shaykh Thanvi, not only establish Tasawwuf’s legitimacy and centrality in Islam through the words and deeds of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), but also provide a clear path for all seekers of God desiring to reach the station of closeness and intimacy of God through traversing the path of spiritual struggle and disciplining of soul. At the end of the two Hadith collections and their scholarly explanations, a third short book of Shaykh Thanvi is being provided in the form of Urdu audio book called “Ta’eed al-Haqiqa bi al-Ayat al-‘Ateeqa” (The Confirmation of Spiritual Realities Through Pure and Strong Verses of Quran). This book was originally written in Arabic whose Urdu translation was done by Maulana Shah Lutf Rasool and it includes various verses from Quran that provide the undeniable evidence of the legality, necessity, and primacy of the spiritual path through the words of God in His final book to humanity – the Holy Quran.

Soul is the instrument provided by God to every human being to reach where no other human faculty including the mind, intellect, and external senses are capable of reaching. It’s because the soul is not bound by the limitations of time and space dimensions but instead it is timeless and eternal that lives forever even after the end of one’s worldly existence, making it the only instrument provided by God to reach the doorstep of the Divine Reality to behold God with the eye of the soul. The trappings of worldly existence and overpowering effects of the base human desires from the lower self transform the soul into a prisoner in the cage of the human body during the worldly existence. Through traversing the spiritual path under the guidance of a spiritual master that amounts to the journey and upward progression of the soul through various spiritual stations, these trappings of temporal worldly existance are weakened and subsequently obliterated, base desires weakened then mastered thus liberating the soul and enabling it to rise to unimaginable heights into the Divine Presence. “Haqiqat ut-Tariqa” (The Reality of the Spiritual Path) guides us in that way through addressing difficult points related to the spiritual path explained through the words of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). The reward of such a spiritual struggle is nothing other than the acquisition of eternal bliss and true success. Acquisition of this eternal bliss that happens through knowing God is the purpose of human existence on earth. This is what immortalizes a human being. It gives him/her a life that has no sorrow, a happiness that never recedes, a fountain of positive energy that never dries, a success that never parts, and a life that never ends.

It’s very fortunate for the English speaking world that this great masterpiece of spirituality has been translated into English from Urdu by a contemporary American scholar Shaykh Yusuf Talal De Lorenzo under the title “A Sufi Study of Hadiths” (http://www.turath.co.uk/front/index.php/sufi-study-of-hadith.html) published by Turath Publishing, London, England (www.turath.co.uk). Shaykh Yusuf Talal De Lorenzo’s English translation has beautifully vouchsafed this great treasure of spirituality for the English speakers. It can be purchased through Amazon.com and through various other sellers on the Internet.

In summary, Urdu audio books of following 3 short books taken from Shaykh Ashraf Ali Thanvi’s collection of short books on spirituality “Al-Takashshuf ‘Un Muhimmat al-Tassawwuf” (The Unveiling and Exposition of the Challenges and Hurdles of the Spiritual Path) are being provided here:

1. “Haqiqat ut-Tariqa min as-Sunnat il-‘Aniqa” (Reality of Spiritual Path from the Refined Ways of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH))
2. “al-Nukat ad-Daqiqa mimma yata’allaqu bil-Haqiqa” (The Subtle Points Related to the Spiritual Realities)
3. “Ta-eed al-Haqiqa bil-ayat al-‘atiqa” (The Endoresement and Confirmation of Spiritual Realities Through the Pure and Strong Verses of Quran)

Individual Files

Audio Files VBR MP3 Ogg Vorbis
00 – Introduction to Audio Book of Haqiqat al-Tariqa min as-Sunnat al-Aniqa 3.5 MB 
00 – What is the Purpose of Life and Eternal Bliss and Why it is Important to Strive for it 17.2 MB 
01 – Haqiqat al-Tariqa – Introduction by Author Shaykh Ashraf Ali Thanvi 6.5 MB  7.7 MB
02 – Haqiqat al-Tariqa – Prophetic Traditions on Visible Transformation Sincerity of Purpose Spiritual Allegience Speaking Vaguely and Visible Exaggeration in Expression due to Ones Spiritual Condition 19.0 MB  22.5 MB 
03 – Haqiqat al-Tariqa – Prophetic Traditions on Name Changing by Shuyukh Recommendation of Actions to Increase Focus Signs of Acceptance by God Superiority of Sufis Establishing Spiritual Retreats and Others 20.8 MB 
04 – Haqiqat al-Tariqa – Prophetic Traditions on Finding Pleasure in Beloveds Displeasure Deriving Blessings from Possessions of Intimates of God Spiritual Constriction and Expansion and Others 20.5 MB 
05 – Haqiqat al-Tariqa – Prophetic Traditions on Heart being the Wide Land of God Light and Darkness of Heart No Limit to Spiritual Progress for Seeker of God Contemplation Remembrance of God and Others 20.1 MB 
06 – Haqiqat al-Tariqa – Prophetic Traditions on Miracles Obtaining Blessings Spiritual Allegience in Ones Absence Going Against the Outer Meaning of Shaykhs Command But With Inner Confirmity and Others 19.7 MB 
07 – Book of the Beloved – Chapter 2 – Trust in God – Ways of Inculcating Trust in God Especially in the Light of Quran and the Noble Way of Prophet Muhammad Peace be Upon Him 30.5 MB 
08 – Haqiqat al-Tariqa – Prophetic Traditions on Using Blessed Items of Saints Gazing on Something to Achieve Focus Responding to Objections on Excessive Spiritual Execises Adopting Humility and Others 18.7 MB 
09 – Haqiqat al-Tariqa – Prophetic Traditions on Guarding the Spiritual Secrets Superiority of Saints Matching of Temperaments Between Spiritual Guide and Seeker for Maximum Benefit and Others 20.5 MB 
10 – Haqiqat al-Tariqa – Prophetic Traditions on Writing Down the Sayings of Saints – Due to Divine Wisdom Presence of Evil in World is also Needed – Having the Feeling of Having Some Right on God -Vision of Angels 19.8 MB 
11 – Haqiqat al-Tariqa – Prophetic Traditions on Renewing the Spiritial Allegiance – Repudiating the Belief of Permissibility of Everything Right or Wrong – Not Initially Emphasizing Certain Necessities and Others 20.7 MB 
12 – Haqiqat al-Tariqa – Prophetic Traditions on Miracles – Conveying Good News to Spiritual Disciple – Station of Proximity and Intimacy with God – Decrease in Spiritual Works of Perfected Ones is not Harmful 18.4 MB 
13 – Haqiqat al-Tariqa – Prophetic Traditions on Possibility of Perfected Ones Prayers Not Accepted by God – Respecting Fellow Countrymen of the Spiritual Guide – Benefiting from Those Lower in Spiritual Ranks 19.0 MB 
14 – Haqiqat al-Tariqa – Prophetic Traditions on No Necessity to Abandon Good Dress Up – Wearing Rough Clothes – Leaving Permissible Matters Out of Caution – All Matters are in Control of God and Others 22.1 MB 
15 – Haqiqat al-Tariqa – Prophetic Traditions on Inner Considerations About Dealings with Students – Prohibition of Building Over Graves – Putting Marks on Graves – Nothing Comes to Existence After Extinction 22.3 MB 
16 – Haqiqat al-Tariqa – Prophetic Traditions on Speaking Vaguely or Saying Things that are Apparently Against Divine Injunctions due to Some consideration or Inability and Others 21.5 MB 
17 – Haqiqat al-Tariqa – Prophetic Traditions on Revelations About Whats Going On in Graves – Signs of Divine Acceptance – Spiritual Constriction – Spiritual Expansion and Others 27.7 MB 
18 – Haqiqat al-Tariqa – Prophetic Traditions on Taking Spiritual Allegience to Enter People into a Spiritual Tradition – Staying Away from Causes of Blame – Spirituality Not Against Material Possessions and Others 28.4 MB 
20 – An-Nuqat ad-Daqiqa – Introduction to the Audio Book Subtle Points Regarding the Spiritual Realities 482.9 KB 
21 – An-Nuqat ad-Daqiqa – Subtle Points Regarding the Spiritual Realities Part 1 15.5 MB 
22 – An-Nuqat ad-Daqiqa – Subtle Points Regarding the Spiritual Realities Part 2 13.7 MB 
30 – Confirmation of Spiritual Realities Through the Pure and Strong Verses of Quran – An Introduction to the Urdu Audio Book 1,015.9 KB 
31 – Confirmation of Spiritual Realities Through the Pure and Strong Verses of Quran – Part 1 23.1 MB 
32 – Confirmation of Spiritual Realities Through the Pure and Strong Verses of Quran – Part 2 22.1 MB 
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