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By Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak Al-Jerrahi, Translated by Muhtar Holland, Preface by Seyyed Hossein Nasr

"Admirable translation sharp English style comes across to modern people while preserving the dignity of the original a telling presentation of the central elements of Islamic faith a relevant commentary on the events of our own time should be on the recommended reading list of all English Muslims. " - Association of British Muslims

"Conveys the essential message of Sufism and its wisdom for human behavior Muhtar Holland, one of the best translators into English. has made this especially readable " - Link International Islamic Newsletter

Regarded by many as the most important work in Islamic spirituality of our time, the lrshad appears for the first time in English translation. The work charts the Sufi spiritual path and discipline through discourse and dialogue, story and prayer, scriptural commentary and spontaneous mystical teachings in worship and action. The spirit of the work is reflected in the words of the author:

O my Generous Master' You created this servant of Yours and brought him into being from a drop of water I do not even have the right to say I love You, and yet I do love You. I always remember You I know that even my being able to remember. You is also due to Your guidance. My mentioning Your Name of Majesty left me drunk, bewildered, and amazed. Is it possible to imagine anyone in this world loving the Divinity and not becoming intoxicated with such affection ? So great a blessing is affection that even if its possessor should stray into the wilderness, the fire of his love would not allow him to feel the heat of the desert. Should the lover fall into the fire, the heat of his love would extinguish that fire. The fire of love would cause the poles and glaciers to melt. If mountains and boulders were piled upon the back of the lover, the fire of his love would prevent his feeling the weight of the load. Affection makes a person forget about hunger and thirst, and keeps him on the road of love.
ISBN-13: 978-1879708006 - PIR PRESS
Zinatu-l-Qulub by Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak Al-Jerrahi
Translated from Turkish by Muhtar Holland and Sixtina Friedrich

Sources in Western languages deal with Sufism from a variety of perspectives. One might say that the works are written either by "outsiders" or "insiders." The insiders speak, or claim to speak, on behalf of the Sufi tradition itself. One of the best of them is Sheikh Muzaffer. His works demonstrate that integral Islam is still very much alive. The present work is basically a handbook for practitioners of the Halveti-Jerrahi Sufi Order. But anyone interested in Sufism on any level will find it useful. Members of other Sufi orders, and Muslims in general, will find a wealth of practical instruction on how to live their lives in a way that is pleasing to God. Serious seekers from all traditions will find many examples of Islam's intimate kinship with their own paths. Scholars will find an excellent and authoritative contemporary expression of teachings that are often relegated to dusty manuscripts. General readers curious about Islam will find an antidote against the reports in the media. - From the Introduction
ISBN 1-879708-01-9 - PIR PRESS
By Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak Al-Jerrahi

In the tradition of the great Sufi Masters throughout the centuries, Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak was an ecstatic poet in the manner of Rumi and Kabir, and he speaks with the full force of conviction and experience.

His is the poetry of faith, informed by thought and observation no doubt, but it is also a faith whose roots reach hack through the ages, finding their source in the very life and times of the Prophet Muhammad. Sheikh Muzaffer's poetic themes all reflect his passion for the Divine. Time and again he reminds us that we belong unhesitatingly and unswervingly on the Path of Truth, that we are faced with the challenge of our own human destiny, that of becoming pilgrims on the way to God. - From the Foreword
ISBN-13: 978-1879708020 - PIR PRESS
By Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak Al-Jerrahi

The author of this work, Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak, passed from the visible world in 1985. He is a Waliullah, or intimate friend of Allah, as saints are referred to in Islamic tradition. Islam has proven to be an overflowing fountain of these indescribable friends of God, both recognized and unrecognized. The profound Islamic veneration of the Virgin Mary is certainly part of the explanation for this remarkable flourishing of mystics. This small volume presents an inspired litany of praise to the Virgin Mary.

This long prose-poem is a spiritual seed which will be sown in the heart of the sympathetic reader with palpable initiatory power. A mystical virgin birth will then occur within the receptive heart - a miraculous birth of purity and illumination, comparable to the experience of the blessed Mary. - From the Foreword
ISBN-13: 978-1879708044 - PIR PRESS
By Ibn Arabi

lbn 'Arabi (1 165-1240), the twelfth-century Spanish mystic, was considered by many the greatest master of Sufism. His large body of writings includes The Meccan Revelations (in 560 chapters) and The Bezels of Wisdom (exploring aspects of understanding through the lives of the Prophets of Islam). Contained in this volume is his powerful but little-known work, Divine Governance of the Human Kingdom, rendered into English for the first time. In a particularly startling way, the text uses metaphors from worldly politics to illuminate details of the spiritual search. Sheikh Tosun Bayrak al-Jerrahi, working from Ottoman Turkish texts of lbn 'Arabi's works, has rendered this and two shorter texts, What the Seeker Needs and The One Alone, into modern English. In an Epilogue, Sheikh Tosun restates lbn 'Arabi's teachings on Sufi practice and the strict duties binding a disciple to his master. Tosun Bayrak is also the author of an interpretation ofAbd al-Qadir al-Jilani's The Secret of Secrets, a translation of lbn al-Husayn al-Sulami's Way of Sufi Chivalry, and his own The Most Beautiful Names.

"This little book contains vast knowledge of great benefit to all. It is gathered from the gardens of Eden and from divine providence. It is meant to be a guide to believers. There are neither conjectures nor doubts in it. Even if some may find faults in it, they will concede that they are small, fine, and beautiful. I call this book Divine Governance of the Human Kingdom.

"The book is divided into twenty-one chapters. Each section contains instructions for achieving unity, the Lord's gift to humankind. They show how to keep order within the divine order while improving ourselves; how to guide our lives in the right way; how to protect His kingdom, which is the human being, from oblivion; how to rule it in the way that it is meant to be ruled, by the soul that the Lord has placed in it as His deputy. This book is such a fountain that both high and low will be able to quench their thirst by drinking from it. For those who are able co see beneath the evident, there are signs that, if followed, will lead to the Source. For those who see the surface, there are things as plain as could be." - lbn 'Arabi, from Divine Governance of the Human Kingdom
ISBN-13: 978-1887752053 - Fons Vitae
Edited by James Fadiman and Robert Frager, Foreword by Huston Smith

"The Sufis are the mystics of Islam. Every upright Muslim expects to see God after death, but the Sufis arc the impatient ones. They want God now—moment by moment, day by day, in this very life. And they are willing to undergo the disciplines that make that possible. This book presents selections from a multitude of saints and sages whose hearts were opened through the Sufi path." - Huston Smith, from the Foreword

Essential Sufism is the first broad-ranging, accessible exploration of the treasures produced by a faith that has touched a dozen cultures and endured for over fifteen hundred years. Presenting more than three hundred beautiful and inspirational works from all eras of Sufism, from thousand-year-old prayers to contemporary Sufi poetry, this beautiful collection embraces the full diversity of a rich tradition and reveals the heart of Islamic mysticism.

Written by Sufi prophets, saints, and teachers, these luminous stories, fables, and aphorisms help us to see the love and generosity of God in all of creation, and to experience the love for all things that embodies the Sufi's relationship with God. Voicing a passionate faith that aims to soften hearts hardened by daily life and open them to love, the Sufi tradition as illustrated in these pages teaches us to seek the Divine while remaining engaged in the world, to find our opportunities for spiritual growth, awareness, and generosity, and to realize that there is nothing in this world or the next that is not both loved and loving.

Accompanied by a thoughtful introduction and insightful commentary, Essential Sufism will reach the hearts of the faithful and the curious alike. Readers who fell in love with the joyful poems in The Essential Rumi will find Essential Sufism a delightful introduction to such moving writers as lbn al-Arabi, al-Ghazzali, Hafiz, and Attar. Those seeking instruction in the wisdom of this ancient faith will find Essential Sufism an invaluable companion.
ISBN-13: 978-0835607780 - Quest Books
By Robert Frager

Full of Sufi teaching stories, meditations, and engaging self-help exercises, this first book on the inner dimensions of Sufi practice written by a Western psychologist will nourish the heart and soul of everyone seeking personal growth, emotional balance, and spiritual harmony.
ASIN: B00B72CG84 - Harper One
A commentary by Sheikh Tosun Bayrak al-Jerrahi

In Inspirations, Shaikh Badruddin interpreted many essential concepts of Islamic spirituality in a very original and personal way which is strikingly relevant today. Melamiyya, or the "path of blame," is an approach to spiritual development within Islamic Sufism that avoids the appearance of piety and challenges the self-satisfaction of the ego. This book includes extensive historical and introductory information revealing the significance of the path of blame as a method for transforming the hypocrisy of the ego and coming to true sincerity.

Shaikh Badruddin of Simawna (d. 1420) was a famous scholar and saint from the European region of the Ottoman realm. He inspired one of the first "people's revolutions" in history.

"It was not my intention to give you any advice, for often the truth is told, and all who hear depart. Only the ones who are destined to hear, hear. I do not speak of my self. It is the truth that speaks, out of compassion. The truth wills none to burn. Someone destitute with pockets full of gems, someone who refuses to put his hands in his pockets, cannot call a tyrant the one who gave him the treasures, and the hands to hold them, and the mind to use them. " From "The Opening" by Kaygusuz Abdal.
ISBN-13: 978-0939660476 - Threshold Books
By Ibn Arabi, translated by Rabia Terri Harris

Journey to the Lord of Power is the first English translation of lbn Arabi's twelfth-century text dealing with spiritual ascent Arabi, whose metaphysical teachings have had a profound influence on both the Muslim and Christian worlds, is known as one of the greatest writers of mystical love poetry of all time. Written in answer to the questions of a friend, this illuminating guide describes the evolutionary path of our higher spiritual aspirations - the quest for the ultimate reality, the journey toward Cod. It is chiefly concerned with spiritual retreat, an advanced and potentially dangerous Sufi practice that aims at the attainment of the Presence of Cod through absolute abandonment of the world. Realizing the imagination's deceptive power, 'Arabi warns that this form of retreat should not be undertaken except at the order of a sheikh or by one who has mastered the self. Each stage of the journey is accompanied by a temptation which can be overcome only by an unshakable desire for Cod.

Arabi explains each step of the ascent leading toward human perfection. In this perilous voyage of self-discovery, the reader will encounter the Realms of the mineral, vegetable, and animal worlds, eventually reaching the Gardens and the Throne of Mercy. The traveler of the Sufi mystic path is called upon to cleanse his or her heart in order to safely reach the final destination - the Lord of Power.
ISBN-13: 978-0892810185 - Inner Traditions