Journey to the Lord of Power :
A Sufi Manual on Retreat,
*[A5] Paperback - 116 pages,
by Muhiy 'ud Din Ibn al-Arabi,
Introd. by Shaykh Muzzafer Ozak al-Jerrahi,
Translated by Rabia T. Harris.
Published by Inner Traditions Int.Description
Journey to the Lord of Power is the first English translation of Shaykh Ibn al-'Arabi's, may Allah be pleased with him
, twelfth-century text dealing with spiritual ascent.
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 God.
It is chiefly concerned with spiritual retreat, an advanced and potentially dangerous Sufi practice that aims at the attainment of the Presence of God through absolute abandonment of the world. Realising the imagination's deceptive power, Ibn al-'Arabi, may Allah be pleased with him
, warns that this form of retreat should not be undertaken except at the order of a shaykh 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 God.
Ibn 'Arabi, may Allah be pleased with him
, 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 traveller 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.
Table of Contents
---List of Illustrations,
------Note on the Illustrations,
---Introduction by Shaykh Muzzafer Ozak al-Jerrahi,
---Glimpses of the Life of Ibn al-Arabi by Tosun Bayrak al-Jerrahi,
---Journey to the Lord of Power
------Extensive Notes from the Commentary by 'Abdul-Karim Jili,
Dimensions : 21 x 13.8cm.