The Virtues of Seclusion in Times of Confusion
[A6] Paperback - 120 pages,
by Shaykh Abd al-Ghani al-Nablusi [1143h],
Translation & Notes by Abdul Aziz Suraqah,
Foreword by Dr. Shadee Elmasry,
Published by Ibriz Media.
Back in Stock November 2020, Description
:The Virtues of Seclusion in Times of Confusion
is a timely work about unplugging, physically and virtually, as a viable and sorely needed third option between absolute isolation from society and unrestricted social interaction.
In this work that speaks to us and our time, Shaykh ‘Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi, may Allah have mercy upon him
, brilliantly weaves together the Qur'anic verses, hadith
reports, and counsels of the Salaf
concerning self-imposed seclusion and its importance as a protective measure to safeguard our faith and shore up our spiritual defenses in times of strife and confusion (fitna
). This seclusion, he tells us, is not about withdrawing completely from society and heading for the hills, but rather sitting things out, keeping busy with personal and familial concerns, minding our business—staying at home. It is a call for taking careful stock of where we are spiritually and assessing where exactly our sphere of influence is and not overextending ourselves to our own detriment and the detriment of our loved ones.
“The goal of this book and its fine-tuned translation is to put an exclamation point on the importance of seclusion, and to construct a nuanced and scholarly understanding of the matter. Readers will enjoy, learn, and take examples from the stories of how our predecessors withdrew from societies when they felt their corruption. I pray that this work marks the beginning of our regular practice of retreat—physically and digitally—in a way that makes us more at peace and thus more effective in bringing positive change to ourselves, our families, and our communities.” —Dr. Shadee Elmasry
.Shaykh ‘Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi
(d. 1143 ah) was a high ranking Hanafi
jurist, theologian, and spiritual master in the Ottoman era from Damascus, Syria. He was a gifted and prolific author, and a virtual encyclopedia of Islamic knowledge, who joined the exoteric and esoteric, authoring over 200 book on a variety of sciences. He taught in the renowned Umawi Mosque in Damascus and the Salihiyya Seminary.Selection of works
by the Author.
Table of Contents
---Foreword by Dr. Shadee Elmasry,
------The Nature of Fitna
of Daily Life,
------The Pre-requisite of Fitna
------Compound Ignorance : Three Popular Pitfalls,
------Guidance will always exist,
------Do not Wade into the ocean of Fitna
: Flee from It,
------Social Media : The Keyboard Weaponised,
------Solitude : An Essential Ingredient for Contemporary Muslims,
------Necessary Retreat, Not Passivism,
---Biography of Shaykh ‘Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi,
------His Written Legacy,
---Chapter : On Self-imposed Isolation and Avoidance of People During times of Confusion and Strife,
---Chapter : The Legal Dispensation Allowing One to Avoid the “Imams of Fitna” in the Mosques,
---Chapter : How the Early Muslims (Salaf
) Were During Periods of Corruption
---Chapter : Early Imams
Who Withdrew from Society. Appendices
---Appendix I: Selected Narrations from Ibn Abi al-Dunya’s Kitab al-‘Uzla wa al-Infirad
(The Book of Withdrawal and Seclusion),
---Appendix II: Selected Narrations from Ibn Abi al-Dunya’s Kitab al-Tawadu’ wa al-Khumul
(The Book of Humility and Obscurity).
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Dimensions : 17.6 x 12.7cm.