Gifts for the Seeker,
*[A5] Glossy Paperback - 84 pages, [Revised Edition]
by Imam Abdallah ibn 'Alawi al-Haddad,
Translated from the Arabic by Mostafa al-Badawi.
Published by Fons Vitae, USA.
Gifts for the Seeker - Ithaf i's sa'il : Revised addition. This important book answers many of the questions often asked by Seekers of inward illumination.
- ---What are the real implications of the doctrine of divine unity?
- ---How can proper concentration be achieved during spiritual exercises?
- ---When should one avoid participating in Sufi gatherings?
- ---What is the relationship between the tongue, the mind, and the heart?
- ---How is one to understand visions received in sleep?
The work also includes the author’s commentary on a poem on inner wayfaring which speaks of the most exalted stations of the path and goes on to explain a number of paradoxes of the Way, such as the reason as why the saints (Awliya-Allah
) usually refuse to deploy their miraculous powers, preferring to concentrate on self-scrutiny and the compassionate guidance of others. These points are illustrated with references to the famous mystical poems of Ibn al-Farid and Abu Madyan. Table of Contents
---Gifts for the Seeker - Being Some Answered Questions,
------Prologue.The [1st] Response :
On the meanings of La ilaha illa' Llah
------(a). Introduction to the Science of Unification,
------(b). The exoteric meaning of La ilaha illa' Llah
------(c). Polytheism (shirk
------(d). On Unification (tawhid
------(e). La ilaha illa' Llah
as a formula of dhikr
.The [2nd] Response :
On presence with God,The [3rd] Response :
Some further explications,
------(b). Ascribing power and ability,
------(c). Remorse, and seeking forgiveness,
------(d). A distinction between subtle gradations of sins.The [4th] Response :
On whom we perceive ourselves as receiving from,The [5th] Response :
------(a). Reciting Sura al-Waqi'a
------(b). A word of caution,The [6th] Response :
On Audition,The [7th] Response :
On some of Imam al-Ghazali's precepts,
------(a). Knowing a thing is distinct from knowing that one knows it,
------(b). Knowledge brings to fruition spiritual states, and states bring to fruition spiritual stations,
------(c). It is insufficient, in performing an act of obedience to God, to know that it is one,
------(d). On involuntary thoughts (khawatir
------(e). On the relationship between the tongue, the mind, and the heart,
------(f ). On the difference between jealousy for God, and envy.The [8th] Response :
: The Ode of Abu Bakr al-'Aydarus,
''Those who strive, do so for themselves ;
for God is solely Independant of the Worlds
Dimensions : 21.5 x 13.5 cm.