The Summary of Religious Knowledge

The Summary of Religious Knowledge  :
Mukhtasar fi 'Ilm ad-Din,
*[A5+] Glossy Paperback -191 pages,
by Shaykh 'Abd 'al-Qadir al-Jilani.
Translated by Muhter Holland,
Published by Al-Baz, USA.

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** The Summary of Religious Knowledge [Mukhtasar fi 'Ilm ad-Din] is a Basic essential Hanbali Fiqh & knowledge guide of the Spiritual Path [tariqa]

 ** Pearls of the Heart [Eighteen Sermons] by Shaykh 'Abd al-Qadir Jillani, May Allah be pleased with him.
This rare manuscript was obtained from the collection of manuscripts of the Vatican Library. So far as is known, it is the only copy of this work remaining in existence. The introduction reads as follows: Shaykh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Gilani, may Allah, the Independent Sovereign, ennoble him, wrote this Summary of Religious Knowledge, Mukhtasar fi 'Ilm ad-Din, for the benefit of worshipful servants ['abidin] and followers of the spiritual path [salikin].  

He designed it to include two aspects, so that anyone who put it into practise would be equipped with a pair of wings. Allah is the Guide to the path of correctness, and to Him is the return and the journey home.  

Section 1 : The science of the Sacred Law [Shari'a] deals with general principles and specific details concerning religious duty, under seven chapter headings. 

Section 2 : The second section is concerned with knowledge of the Spiritual Path [tariqa], which is like a sheltered kernel, while the Sacred Law [Shari'a] is like a shell that keeps it safe and sound.

That is why 'Ali, may Allah be well pleased with him, once said: "All the spiritual paths [Turuq] are closed to people, apart from those who follow the command of Allah's Messenger, Allah bless him and give him peace.'

The Second Book which is attached (Pearls of the Heart) is a list Eighteen Sermons by Shaykh 'Abd al-Qadir Jilani, Radi Allahu ta'ala anhu




Table of Contents : Summary of Religious Knowledge,

---The Summary of Religious Knowledge,

Section One:

---Concerning belief (salat) and surrender (Islam),
---Concerning pious restraint (wara) and true devotion (taqwa),
---Concerning the ritual prayer (salaat),
---Concerning the alms-due (zakat),
---Concerning fasting (sawm),
---Concerning the Pilgrimage (hajj),
---Concerning sacrifice (uddhiyya).

Section Two:

---Concerning detachment from this world and perference for the HereAfter,
---Concerning the improvement of the heart [islah al-qalb),
---Concerning sincerity of the intention to peform good work (ikhlas an-niyya),
---Concerning the benefits of private retirement ('uzla) and secluded retreat (khalwa),
---Concerning the virtues of silence (samt),
---Concerning the virtues of hunger (jaw),
---Concerning the virtues of sleepless vigil (sahar) and the science of dream interpretation ('ilm ar-ru'ya).

---About the translator.

Contents : Pearls of the Heart,

---Publishers Preface,
---Introduction to the Turkish Translation.

---[1st] Sermon - Untitled,
---[2nd] Sermon - Contentment with the Decree of Destiny,
---[3rd] Sermon - Sainthood (wilaya),
---[4th] Sermon - The Proprieties of Private Retreat (khalwa),
---[5th] Sermon - The Sacred Struggle (Opposition to the Lower-Self),
---[6th] Sermon - Untitled,
---[7th] Sermon - Sincere Devotion (ikhlas),
---[8th] Sermon - Absolute Trust (tawakkul),
---[9th] Sermon - Deliverance from Laziness,
---[10th] Sermon - Patience (sabr),
---[11th] Sermon - The Proprieties of Mingling with People,
---[12th] Sermon - Abandoning Bad Friends,
---[13th] Sermon - Motivation and Encouragement to Fine Deeds,
---[14th] Sermon - Supplication (du'a),
---[15th] Sermon - Faith (Imaan) and Islam,
---[16th] Sermon - Wrongdoing (zulm),
---[17th] Sermon - Shunning this World,
---[18th] Sermon - Servitude (to the Lord of Truth),

--The Testament (wasiyya), of the Venerable 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani,
---The Seven Levels or Stations of the Self (nafs),
---A few of the pithy Sayings of the Venerable 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani,
---More fine Sayings of the Venerable 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani.

---About the Translator.


Other works by/related to Shaykh Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani,
Other works on Fiqh,
Homepage for Sufism.

*Dimensions : 23 x 15.3cm.


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