The Refinement of Souls: A Translation of Taj al-Arus al-Hawi li Tahdhib al-Nufus

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The Refinement of Souls is a translation of Imam ibn Ata Allah Sakandari's, may Allah be pleased with him, Taj al-Arus al-Hawi li Tahdhib al-Nufus.

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The Refinement of Souls is a translation of Imam ibn Ata Allah Sakandari's, may Allah be pleased with him, Taj al-Arus al-Hawi li Tahdhib al-Nufus. It is a concise manual consisting of spiritual instructions, aphorisms and private discourses with the Divine from a Sufi Master of the Shadhili Order.

The author has included numerous references to the Qur'an and Sunnah, as well as illuminating stories and similitudes, in the course of explaining religious themes such as repentance, the effects of sin, the nature of the struggle against the lower self, envy, reliance on divine planning and many others.

The work concentrates on the practical steps and the essential states of being for a novice to realise, and as such, serves as a beneficial guide for both Sufis and non-Sufis, both beginners and more advanced students. 

Table of contents

---Author's Biography,
---His name and lineage and life,
---His school of thought,
---His shaykhs,
---His most prominent students and disciples,
---His acclaimed works,
---His miracles,
---What scholars have said about him,
---Transliteration Key.

The Refinement of Souls:

---Introductory remarks,
---Repentance to Allah,
---Types of emulation,
---Where will you find goodness?
---Repentance gains Allah's love,
---Outer and inner effects of acts of disobedience,
---The struggle against the lower self,
---Warning against disobedience [to Allah],
---Envy is sheer ignorance,
---Whoever  realises  the immediacy of his departure hastens to acquire provisions,
---The reality of faith,
---Who is a real man?
---The blessing of the gaze from a Friend of Allah (wali),
---Gaining  favour  with Allah,  subhanahu   wa   ta'ala ,
---The Prophets'  alayhim   as-Salaam,  and Allah,  subhanahu   wa   ta'ala's , Friends are the greatest means to Him,
---The triviality of this world ( dunya ),
---Holding one's self to account,
---The sweetness of faith,
---A  persons  close companions,
---Is there any buyer for our merchandise?
---Wisdom is the chain of the believer,
---How to cleanse your heart,
---The greatest blessing,
---Part of faith is to witness everything as coming from Allah,  subhanahu   wa   ta'ala ,
---Limited intellects,
---A guide to Allah is rare,
---The heavens and the earth show courtesy to a Friend of Allah,  subhanahu   wa   ta'ala , (wali),
---The miracles of the Prophets'  salla  Allahu  ta'ala  ' alayhi   wa  Sallam, Companions,  radi  Allahu  ta'ala   anhu ,
---The beneficial prayer,
---The reasons for entry into Paradise and the Hellfire,
---The deficiency is in you and so is the veil,
---Renewal of faith,
---Whoever is honest with Allah,  subhanahu   wa   ta'ala ,
------He will guard him against harm from his enemies,
---Allah,  subhanahu   wa   ta'ala , is King, you are the shepherd and your limbs are your sheep,
---The manner of keeping company,
---The reality of God-consciousness (taqwa), 
---The necessity of isolating and secluding yourself,
---The person praying, is privately conversing with Allah,  subhanahu   wa   ta'ala , and His Messenger,  salla  Allahu  ta'ala  ' alayhi   wa  Sallam,
---The outer and inner major ritual impurity ( janabah ),
---Insight and wandering about aimlessly,
---O' slave, flee from this creation to the Creator,
---The intelligent person,
---Beware of attachment to other than Allah,  subhanahu   wa   ta'ala ,
---The pure heart,
---The people of Allan were through Allah, so Allah,  subhanahu   wa   ta'ala , was sufficient for them,
---Beneficial knowledge,
---The door to provision is open,
---Relinquishment of planning alongside Allah,  subhanahu   wa   ta'ala
---An exposition for those who benefit from admonishment and seek insight,
---The gnostic has neither this world nor the Hereafter,
---This world is in their hands, not in their hearts,
---The hidden voices of realities (hawatif),
---The author's private discourses (munajat) with his Lord.

About The Author

Abu al-Fadl Ibn 'Ata' Allah al-Iskandari (d.709), May Allah be pleased with him, was born in Alexandria, Egypt. He was one of the great Sufi Imams who was also known as a muhaddith, preacher, and Maliki jurist. He is the author of 'al-Hikam' (Aphorisms), 'Miftah al- Falah ' (The Key to Success), 'al-Qasd al- mujarrad fi ma'rifat al-ism al-mufrad ' (The pure goal concerning knowledge of the Unique Name), amongst others.

This pious and extraordinary contemplative figure left behind a spiritual legacy no less impressive than those of his own beloved Shaykh, and the eminent founder Shaykh Abu'l-Hasan ash-Shadhili, May Allah be pleased with him. All the biographers refer to Ibn 'Ata Allah with illustrious titles and reverence and mention how marvelously he spoke and how uplifting his words were.

In spite of the fact that he followed the Maliki madhab, the Shafi'is laid claim to him, most probably because some of his earlier teachers had been Shafi'i scholars, not to mention some of his students.

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EAN 13 / ISBN9780993475627
AuthorImam Ibn Ata Allah al-Sakandari
TranslatorAmjad Mahmood
PublisherHeritage Press
Year Published2019
Height8.8 inches
Width5.6 inches
Length0.6 inches