Refine your heart and mind with the wisdom of Islamic spirituality
"To live a meaningful life—one that brings us joy, contentment and fulfillment—we have to do the inner spiritual work of becoming a more complete human being."
—from the Introduction
Over the centuries, Islamic sages have gleaned timeless spiritual insights and practices from sacred texts, meditation and knowledge of the heart—gems that have been passed down from generation to generation. This book invites you—no matter what your practice may be—to access the treasure chest of Islamic spirituality, particularly Sufism, and use its wealth to strengthen your own journey.
The riches include guidance drawn from the Qur'an, sayings of the Prophet Muhammad and Sufi poets such as the thirteenth-century Rumi on cultivating awareness, intentionality and compassion for self and others. This book also features entertaining wisdom teaching stories, especially those of Mulla Nasruddin, Islam’s great comic foil, to expand the mind and heart. It breaks down barriers to accessing this ancient tradition for modern seekers by dispelling myths about the Muslim faith concerning gender bias, inclusivity and appreciation for diversity.
Regardless of where you are on your spiritual journey, you will find these gems worthy additions to your own treasure chest within.
Rahman, one of the three Interfaith Amigos who have collaborated on two books, is a Muslim Sufi minister in Seattle, and he compiles "gems" of Islamic spirituality. He cites short verses from the Qur'an, hadith (sayings of Muhammad), and Sufi poets, especially the popular 13th-century mystic Rumi; he then offers exposition that teases out the meaning and application of the verse and concludes with short suggestions for spiritual practices. Rahman's frame of reference is Sufism, the mystical school of Islam, so his focus is devotional. Yet he is skilled at weaving anecdotes from his everyday experiences into his discussion of Islamic teachings. Those who appreciate the poet Rumi will be able to locate their literary understanding in a religious context. And non-Muslims can learn Islam's 99 names attributes of God, listed in an appendix, a short but powerful devotional and theological lesson.