Nizam ad-Din Awliya: Morals of the Heart

 Nizam ad-Din Awliya :
Morals of the Heart
- ' Fawa'id al-Fu'ad '
*[A5+] Paperback - 404 pages,
Originally compiled by Amir Hasan 'Ala-i Sijzi,
(murid of Shaykh Nizam al-Din)
Edited & Translated by Bruce Lawrence.
Introduction by Prof. Khaliq Ahmad Nizami.

Description :

Shaykh Nizam ad-din Awliya, may Allah be pleased with him, (1242-1325 C.E), whose conversations are recorded in Fawa'id al-Fu'ad, is one of the seminal personalities in the history of the Islamic mystical movement in South Asia.

For about half a century he lived and worked in Delhi to save humankind from sin and suffering. His efforts to inculcate in people a respect for moral and spiritual values had a deep and far-reaching impact on medieval Indian society. His message of humanism, love, and benevolence still echoes through the corridors of time. In the Tughluq dynasty Sultan Firuz Shah (ruled C.E. 1351-1388) addressed him as Sultan al-Masha'ikh (King of the mystic teachers). Ziya ad-din Barani, a renowned historian of the time, gives the following account of his popularity and influence :

          '' Shaykh Nizam ad-din admitted [all sorts of people into his
             discipline] —nobles and plebeians, rich and poor, learned and
             illiterate, citizens and villagers, soldiers and warriors, free men
             and slaves. These people refrained from many improper things,
             because they considered themselves disciples of the Shaykh—
             [As a result of his teachings] the general public showed an
             inclination to religion and prayer.

             Men and women, young and old, shopkeepers and servants,
             children and slaves, all came [to the mosques] to say their
             prayers.... Many plat­forms with thatched roofs over them
             were constructed on the way from the city to Ghiyathpur;
             wells were dug, water-vessels were kept, carpets were
             spread, and a servant and a reciter of the Qur'an (hafiz) was        
             stationed at every platform so that the people going to the
             Shaykh may have no difficulty in say­ing their supererogatory
             prayers. Owing to regard for the Shaykh's discipleship all talk
             of sinful acts had disappeared from the people.''

Table of Contents :


---The Malfuz and it's Ideological Content,
---Shaykh Nizam al-Din Awliya ; Ancestry and Education,
---Shaykh Nizam al-Din Awliya ; Discipleship and Succession,
---Shaykh Nizam al-Din Awliya ; Leadership and Lifestyle,
---Shaykh Nizam al-Din Awliya ; Death and Influence,
---Amir Hasan 'Ala-i Sijzi al-Badayuni ; The Compiler,
---Translators Introduction,

Main Content
---Morals for the Heart : Fawa 'id al-Fu'ad,
[Conversations [malfuzat] of Shaykh Nizam ad-Din Awliya, as recorded by his disciple [murid] Amir Hasan 'Ala-i Sijzi al-Badayuni].

---Select Bibliography,
---Index of Names,
---Index of Topics.

*Brand New book, but some shelf wear to spine edges.

Highly Recommended!!!

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