Author: Mohammad Ali Jamnia
Publisher: Writers Inc. Beltsville, MD
Pages: 130 Binding: Paperback
Description from the publisher:
“Abu Said’s Sufi spirituality exemplifies the human face of Islam: a Religion of Love – of tolerance, of ecumenism-not the sword; it is a religion in which cats and dogs have the same rights as the human being and infidels the same hearts as believers. It is a religion in which faith is judged solely by probity of intention, and whose broad minded sobriety is the product of the spiritual inebriation which views the profligate drunkard and puritan ascetic as equal citizens in the polis of humanity.
Abu Said’s once observed, Anyone in search of Reality, must of necessity encounter Sufis on his ways, as they are the doorway to reality.’ If you wish to stand for an instant on the threshold of this reality—spend an hour in the company of Abu said, reflecting on his dicta and exempla which bayat and jamnia have so sensitively translated here.
Abu Said, a uniquely significant figure in Islamic mysticism, is best known for establishing spiritual training centers and instituting rules of Sufi conduct which are followed to this day by various traditional Sufi orders. He also introduced musical elements and dance into a Sufi’s ritual of dhikr or divine invocation.
The 100 stories narrated in this book offer an excellent view into the mystical wisdom of Abu Said and insightful commentary on the teaching methodology of one of the most significant figures in the development of Sufism.