Letters On The Spiritual Path

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An anticipated new publication from the prolific Al-Madinah institute, Letters On The Spiritual Path is a collection of insightful letters by the Sufi sage Moulay Al-Arabi Darqawi.

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Letters on the Spiritual Path is the culmination of many years’ effort to present for
the first time a complete rendering into English, or any other western language
of all 272 letters of spiritual guidance written by the renowned Sufi teacher of
eighteenth century Morocco, Mūlay al-¢Arabī al-Darqāwī (d. 1239/1823). These
letters are a living example of an educative process that provided the wayfarer on
the Sufic path with an integral vision of the principles, attitudes, and conduct that
constitute Islamic spirituality itself and of the self-effacing comportment that
leads to the experiential knowledge of the Divine (ma¢rifa). They offer rare insight
into the teacher/student relationship within the circles of Islamic mysticism. The
letters are singularly personal and touch upon nearly every conceivable aspect
of the Sufic path, depicting the Shaykh as a human being living among other
human beings, and portraying how, for a person of God such as Mūlay al-¢Arabī,
everything that happens can be seen as infused with the Divine Presence. In
this regard these letters are his response to those, like himself, who sought to
negotiate the currents of the times without compromising themselves and their
values, and are as relevant today as they were to those who so ardently sought
copies of them during the lifetime of Mūlay al-¢Arabī himself. The translation is
in clear accessible English, and holds true to the intention of the translators to,
“keep in mind the fact that they were written in an intimate register of Arabic
that could be grasped by most of the Shaykh’s disciples.” The text includes an indepth
introduction, is well annotated with hadith and textual referents cited, and
has both detailed biographical and topical indexes. This long awaited translation
is a must for the library of every serious student of Sufism and provides excellent
examples of Sufi literature for the university classroom.

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EAN 13 / ISBN9781732258808
AuthorMulay Al-Arabi Al-Darqawi Al-Hasani
PublisherAl-Madina Institute