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Purification of the Mind (Jila’ Al-Khatir): Discourses by Shaikh ‘Abd Al‐Qadir Al‐Jilani
Author: Abd Al-Qadir Al-Jilani Category: Sufism Publish: 10 Mar, 2008 ISBN: 978-1-906342-02-9 Pages: 200 Pages Language: English Dimension: 229mm x 152mm Buy Now
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This book contains discourses that Shaikh ‘Abd Al-Qadir Al-Jilani delivered at his school in Baghdad in the middle of the sixth Hijra century (1150-1151 CE). As in all of his sermons and writings, the great Shaikh explains to his audience how to lead a pious life to draw nearer to God. His words are the fruit of years of personal strife against his lower self and complete dedication to God, telling the fascinating story of his attainment to nearness to God.

The Shaikh addresses many spiritual diseases — such as envy, greed, arrogance, and attachment to this world — and the qualities that the seeker of God must acquire — such as love, renunciation, humility, satisfaction, patience, and truthfulness. He explains to the wayfarers in a simple but very powerful and effective way how to have their spiritual diseases healed and what qualities they need to acquire for the journey to God. The Master’s words and advice are not targeted at certain people but they address various spiritual states and stations. His words sate everyone thirsty for knowledge that takes him nearer to his Lord.

This gem from a great teacher contains advice for people of various spiritual states and stations:

• Forty-five discourses by Shaikh ‘Abd Al-Qadir Al-Jilani
• Essential exhortations for the seeker of God
• Genuine advice from the Master’s own spiritual experience
• Wise words elucidating the spiritual reality of Islam

Table of Contents
Introduction to the Second Edition
A Biography of Shaikh ‘Abd Al-Qadir Al-Jilani
Good Behaviour in the Company of Shaikhs
Repentance
The Mediator
Love
Trust
Renunciation
Fear
Patience
Sincerity
Truthfulness
Sorrow
Satisfaction
Piety
Striving Against the Lower Self
The Blessings of Remembrance [of Allah]
The Works of the Heart
The Knowledge of Saints
Putting Knowledge into Practice
Spending on the Poor
Seclusion
Solitude
The Definition of the Sufi
Extinction
Pardoning
The Light of the Believer
Denouncing this World
The Fruit of Knowledge
Denouncing Hypocrisy
The Benefits of the Month of Ramadan
The Benefit of Mercy
The Prohibition of Injustice
Neglecting What is of No Concern
Humility
Denouncing Dissimulation
Envy
The Curtailment of Hopes
Death
Thinking Well of Others
Having a Sense of Shame
Enduring Affliction
Epilogue
Glossary

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