The English edition of my biography of our much-missed Shaikh Muhammad al-Muhammad al-Kasnazan al-Husayni has just come out. Sadly, this biography was in the process of being published when our Shaikh passed away on 4th/July/2020.
Shaikh Muhammad al-Muhammad was the Master of Tariqa ‘Aliyya Qadiriyya Kasnazaniyya, one of the largest Sufi Tariqas with followers throughout the world. Tariqa Kasnazaniyya, as the name is usually abbreviated, traces its roots to the source of all Sufi ways, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Our Shaikh is a descendant of the Prophet (PBUH) from both parental sides. Sufism, as our late Shaikh used to say, represents the spiritual side of Islam.
My most beautiful journey with the Shaikh taught me, among other things, that Sufism is a living experience with an accomplished Sufi. This biography is written in a unique manner that reflects this learning. It is presented in the context of explaining the Sufi approach to drawing near to Allah. At the same time, the book expounds Sufism through the history of our honourable Shaikh. Being an excellent example of a Sufi life, our Shaikh’s biography explains the Sufi way and Sufism explains his life.
Through the study of the life of a practising man of divine knowledge, this book combines a general theoretical description of the spiritual side of Islam and an introduction to a specific practical Sufi system: Tariqa Kasnazaniyya. It shows that Islam is knowledge and practice, thought and application, reason and heart, and a companion and an accompanied one. In essence, Islam is an experience of spiritual companionship: “May I follow you so that you teach me of that which you have been taught of guiding knowledge”? (Qur’an: al-Kahf 66).
The book is available in both paperback and Kindle editions on all Amazon websites, including the US and the UK . BTW, you can order the print edition even if its status currenly shows as “temporarily out of stock”. The book will also gradually become available from all good online bookstores. The book is 484 pages and contains 43 colour and black and white illustrations from various stages of the life of Shaikh Muhammad al-Muhammad.