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Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth [English Translation of Mukhtasar Minhaj al-Qasidin] By Imam Ibn Qudamah al-Maqdisi


 

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Author : Imam Ibn Qudamah al-Maqdisi
English Translation of Mukhtasar Minhaj al-Qasidin
Publisher : Dar As-Sunnah Publishers

About The Book

This work has taken Important Points and Objectives from The Minhaj Al-Qasidin of Ibn Al-Jawzi which intern is a Summary of that Magnum Opus of Imam al-Ghazali The ‘Ihya Ulum Ad-Din’.

however, Ibn Al-Jawzi Compiled the book free from weak or fabricated Hadith and then Ibn QudamaH summarised it further and added his invaluable comments.

The book is divided into 10 important foundations

Description From The Publishers

The life of a believer is one of struggle and toil in order to cleanse the soul and to work towards righteous actions and deeds, which are pleasing to our Lord, Allah, the Most High. For this reason, disciplining oneself is of utmost importance in order to achieve the spiritual growth that every soul requires.

The inner fight against the self takes place in every human being daily, however only the sincere and powerful will do away with such impulses and attacks and will overcome the forces of desire. Just like food, drink and clothes are a necessity for the human being, so too is the need to discipline the soul and rectify the flaws of the self. In today’s society, people often neglect the self and the need for it to be reformed upon the teachings of the Qur’an and the beautiful example of our beloved Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) and his Companions.

As humans, we tend to focus on what is apparent and neglect the spiritual dimension of oneself. For this reason, the book before you will not only fill that void but will also be a means of rectifying the self. This guide before you is of utmost value and its need in our materialistic society cannot be underestimated, by the permission of Allah, the Most High.

In this second installment, the author, may Allah have mercy on him, discusses the marvels of the heart and curing the sickness therein, disciplining the self and breaking the desire of the stomach and the private parts. It also covers how to deal with pride, malice, envy, and the defects of the tongue. It concludes with the harms of greed, the praise of wealth, showing off, self-delusion, and how to overcome all these diseases that harm the spirituality of any person that is seeking the Hereafter.

About The Author

Imam Ibn Qudamah al-Maqdisi [d. 689AH] was a leading scholar and an ascetic known for his piety and vast knowledge. Born in Palestine, near Jerusalem, he traveled to Baghdad, Damascus, and Makkah in search of sacred knowledge.

He authored many beneficial works. He was the Imam of the Muslim Community, unparalleled in Islamic Jurisprudence.

The Chief Sins [Al KABA’R] By Imam Shams ad din Dhahabi (r.a) [Arabic- English]


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The Chief Sins
Al- kABA’R

By Muhammad Ibn Uthman Adh-Dhahabi (Imam Adh-Dhahabi)
Translator: Mahmoud Ibrahim
Publisher : Dar Al-Kotob Al-Ilmiyah (DKI)

Arabic- English Full Arabic Text is Included

About The Book

The major sins are those acts which have been forbidden by Allah in the Quran and by His Messenger (SAW) in the Sunnah (practice of the Prophet), and which have been made clear by the actions of of the first righteous generation of Muslims, the Companions of the Prophet (SAW).

There is some difference of opinion among scholars in this regard. 

Some say these major sins are seven, and in support of their position they quote the tradition: 

‘Avoid the seven noxious things’- and after having said this, the Prophet (SAW) mentioned them: 

  1. ‘associating anything with Allah; 
  2. magic; 
  3. killing one whom Allah has declared inviolate without a just case, 
  4. consuming the property of an orphan, 
  5. devouring usury, 
  6. turning back when the army advances, and 
  7. slandering chaste women who are believers but indiscreet.’ (Bukhari and Muslim)

‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas said: ‘Seventy is closer to their number than seven,’ and in this book Imam Dhabi goes through the 70 Major Sins Supported by the Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

An excellent book in Arabic and English side by side. Contains the 70 major sins, their descriptions and supporting Quran Ayah’s and Hadith.

About The Author 

Muhammad bin Ahmad bin Uthman bin Qaymaz at Turkamani, Shams al-Din al-Dimashqi al-Dhahabi al-Shafi`i (673-748 AH), the imam, Shaykh al-Islam, head of hadith masters, critic and expert examiner of the hadith, encyclopedic historian and biographer, and foremost authority in the canonical readings of the Qur’an. 

Born in Damascus where his family lived from the time of his grandfather Uthman, he sometimes identified himself as Ibn al-Dhahabi – son of the goldsmith – in reference to his father’s profession.

The Beginning of Guidance [Arb-Eng] Bidayatul Hidayah By Imam Ghazali [r.a]


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About The Book

This translation published for the first time with facing Arabic text also includes many notes and transliteration for the supplications contained within.

This Book can be considered as an Introduction to The Imam’s Magnum Opus The Revival of the Religions Sciences (Ihya Ulum al-Din)and directs the reader to the larger work for what lies beyond that. This book may not seem to be suited to the hurried life of a modern city. Yet al-Ghazali’s seriousness and sense of urgency stand out vividly and communicate themselves. The book is interesting, too, in that, though al-Ghazali’s standpoint is almost modern in many ways.

It is divided in two Parts, namely acts of obedience and refraining from Sin. It comprise the fundamentals of Din, Important basic issues and excellent virtues. It is brief, yet concise.

One of the Scholars has said that the benefit on anything sacred can not be achieved unless one follows its Adab i.e Etiquettes, this book deals with many of the etiquettes of everyday life according to the Sunnah.

Imam Al-Ghazali’s Bidaya al-hidaya complements his spiritual autobiography, He emphasises the importance of knowledge and using it correctly at all times . From acts of obedience to relationship between God and Man. Imam Al-Ghazali shares with us how a man should order his life from hour to hour and day to day.

‘Here, then I give you counsel about the beginning of Guidance so that thereby you may test yourself and examine your Heart….
‘No one can reach the ending until he has completed the beginning,no one can discover the inward aspect until he has mastered the outward.’
(Imam Al-Ghazali )

About The Author

Abu Hamid Muhammad, famous in the world of learning as al-Ghazali was born in 450 AH (1058 A.D). in Persia . He graduated from the Nizamia Madressa at Nishapur, with distinction.a very famous educational institution in Nishapur. Later he was appointed as a teacher at the Nizamia College in Baghdad, where he proved very successful in imparting knowledge to the scholars under his care.

This valuable gift of sustaining interest of his pupils and passing on his knowledge to them made him so famous that students from all parts of the country flocked to study under him.

Imam al-Ghazzali was fondly referred to as the “Hujjat-ul-lslam”, Proof of Islam, He is honoured as a scholar and a saint by learned men all over the world.

Al-Ghazali is generally acclaimed as the most influential thinker of the Classical period of Islam, in his autobiography The Deliverance from Error, the Imam describes his education and his intellectual crisis, which left him so paralysed by doubt that he he gave up his academic pursuits and worldly interests and became a wandering ascetic.

This was a process (period) of mystical transformation. Later, he resumed his teaching duties, but again left these. An era of solitary life, devoted to contemplation and writing then ensued, which led to the authorship of a number of everlasting books (Many of which have been translated in English).

For Imam Ghazali’s Autobiography See: Al Munqidh min al-Dalal al-Ghazali’s Path to Sufism, His Deliverance from Error, Iman Abu Hamid al-Ghazali’s autobiography

O ye who believe! Guard your own souls: If ye follow (right) guidance, no hurt can come to you from those who stray. the goal of you all is to Allah. it is He that will show you the truth of all that ye do.” – {TM Qur’an Al Maidah 5:105}

A highly motivational manual detailing the fundamentals of acquiring guidance through God-consciousness (taqwa). Imam Ghazali argues that just as there is an end to this noble objective there is also a beginning to it, which must be made firm for one to achieve success. He then goes on to expound the fundamentals of this “beginning.”

While being concise and to-the-point the manual is laid out in the form of a detailed daily timetable providing the reader strong inspiration and much heart-rending counsel. The three sections of this book are on obedience, refraining from disobedience, and the etiquette of companionship with the Creator and with creation. One of Imam Ghazali’s final works, it embodies a lifetime of learning, experience, and spirituality and can be taken as an introduction to his larger works.

About The Translator

Dr. Mashhad Al-Allaf holds a doctoral degree in Modern Philosophy: Science & Metaphysics (1995). His bachelor’s and master’s degrees concentrated on the Philosophy of Science. He has taught at Washington University, St. Louis University, and Webster University and is the author of several works, including The Basic Ideas and Institutions of Islam (2008), Locke’s Philosophy of Science and Metaphysics (2007), and The Essential Ideas of Islamic Philosophy (2006).

He is the co-author of the forthcoming Islamic Philosophy of Science and Logic (University of Pittsburgh). His current research focuses on integrative studies and multiculturalism, as well as Engineering Ethics, Biomedical Ethics, Love and Romance in Islam, and Islamic Theory of Science.

The Remembrance of God By Imam Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti [Revised With Notes, Biography & Appendices By : Gibril Fouad Haddad]


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Written by one of the most celebrated and prolific scholars of the Islamic civilisation, this treatise was written in response to a questioner in regards to remembering God (dhikr) aloud and in a group. In his response, al-Suyuti responds citing twenty five Prophetic traditions that in his estimation, not only justify collective dhikr, but highly recommend it.

There is a growing need for the translation of texts that reflect the vastness of traditional Islam. This work allows English speakers the opportunity to experience the classical scholarship of the erudite imam, al-Suyuti. With additional appendices and a detailed biography of the author, this book contains much benefit and is sure to validate a practice that Muslims have taken part in for centuries. (By Yahya Rhodus)

About The Author 

Imam Jalal al-Din al-Misri al-Suyuti al-Shafi`i al-Ash`ari, also known as Ibn al-Asyuti 849-911AH /1445-1505),, the mujtahid imam and renewer of the tenth Islamic century, foremost hadith master, encyclopedist, historian, and biographer and probably one of the most prolific of all Islamic writers. There are an enormous number of his essays and treatises preserved today. A number of his writings concerned scientific topics or issues related to natural science and food and regimen, amongst other things.

From Asyut in Egypt,he was among the most renowned and prolific Muslim scholars of all time. He wrote more than 300 books, covering every aspect of the Islamic sciences. He memorized the Qur’an at the age of ‘eight, and then went on to study with more than 150 scholars. He travelled extensively in his quest for knowledge — to Damascus, Hijaz, Yemen, India, Morocco, and the lands south of Morocco, as well as in Egypt.

Al-Suyuti devoted his life to learning, teaching and writing. He was noble, abstinent and self-sufficient, distancing himself from people of rank and power and living on what he earned by teaching. Major writings of al-Suyuti that remain widely used today include al-Itqan, on the Qur’anic sciences; and Tafsir al-Jalalayn, which he completed when only 22.

The Complete Summons and General Reminder By Imam al-Haddad [Translated By Mostafa al-Badawi]


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About The Book

This book is unique in that Imam al-Haddad is the first scholar to have divided mankind into eight main categories according to the kind of summons to God or da’wa they need, and then detailed the rights and duties of each category, which scholars ought to enjoin upon them for the good pleasure of their Lord.

The author introduces his book by saying, 

As for the introduction, we have explained in it the summons to God, His religion, and His path. As for the eight sections, each concerns a certain category of people:

  • The first category being the scholars
  • The second the ascetics and devotees
  • The third the kings, the rulers, and other people in authority
  • The fourth the merchants, the craftsmen, and other such people
  • The fifth the poor, the weak, and the destitute
  • The sixth the dependents such as the women, children, and slaves
  • The seventh the generality of believers, both the obedient among them and the transgressors
  • The eighth those who have not responded to the summons of God and His Messenger and do not believe in God and the Last Day.

Finally, in conclusion, we give brief counsels of advice to all eight categories, in addition to general counsels and exhortations that soften the heart, the completion of which closes the book.

About The Author 

Imam Abdallah Ibn-Alawi Al-Haddad (d. 1720), lived at Tarim in the Hadramaut valley between Yemen and Oman, and is widely held to have been the ‘renewer’ of the twelfth Islamic century.

A direct descendant of the Prophet, his sanctity and direct experience of God are clearly reflected in his writings, which include several books, a collection of Sufi letters, and a volume of mystical poetry.

He spent most of his life in Kenya and Saudi Arabia where he taught Islamic jurisprudence and classical Sufism according to the order (tariqa) of the Ba’Alawi sayids.

About The Translator

Author of the Fons Vitae Imam al-Haddad Spiritual Masters series is a disciple in the Sufi order of Imam al-Haddad. Mostafa al-Badawi is one of the world’s premier translators of Islamic spiritual texts.

He is a Consultant Psychiatrist and member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He studied under many shaykhs, foremost among whom is the late Habib Ahmad Mashhur al-Haddad.

His other translations include: Book of Assistance, The Lives of Man, Two Treatises, The Prophetic Invocations, and Degrees of the Soul.

He is also the author of Man and the Universe: An Islamic Perspective, recently published. He resides in Madinah.

JAWAHERAAT E FAQEER BY MAULANA ZULFIQAR AHMAD NAQSHBANDIجواہرات فقیر


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