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5.0 out of 5 stars Spiritual Perfume of the Rose of Baghdad - A classic Sufi treatise.,
This review is from: The Secret of Secrets (Golden Palm) (Paperback)A highly readable and accessible interpretative translation of the great 11th century Sufi shaykh's work: this treatise unfolds the Qadirian perspectives on the key areas of Islamic spirituality with clarity and flair and presents the contemporary reader with a classic work on the principles of authentic Tasawwuf - I appreciated the Shaykh's remarks on the various symbolic meanings of the word 'Sufi' as also his exposition of the innermost essence of Islam, of complete self-negation via resignation and submission to Divine Truth, as contrasted with the 'misery of the rebel' (epitomised by the blind arrogance of Iblis, the fallen ego or Nafs), as the true key of the Sufi path: also extremely interesting are the Shaykh's teachings regarding the 12 Beautiful Names contained in the letters of the first part of the Shahadah and the metaphysical concept of the 'Sultan-Soul', its descent into material incarnation and return to God through the way of Remembrance and the purification and polishing of the Heart. I also found the distinctions between the earthly paradise, the angelic paradise and the heavenly paradise highly illuminating. The Shaykh, in the purest tradition of classical Islamic monotheism expounds upon the place of the 'Sultan-Soul' within the 'Heart of Hearts', the luminous abode of Divine Wisdom and through the stages and waystations of light he reveals the mysteries of the Sufis, under the 18-petalled rose (gul) of the Qadiriyya way. This text is veritably suffused with the Presence and Baraqah of the Shaykh and is without doubt an essential work for those who seek the radiant beauties of the esoteric gnosis and theosophic dimension of the religion of Islam. 'The Secret of Secrets' imparts the spiritual fragrance of the great soul whom tradition has called the 'Rose of Baghdad'. Most highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye of the heart,
This review is from: The Secret of Secrets (Golden Palm) (Paperback)This is an amazing book, more or less it tells you the deeper meaning of an aamaal. Not everything is the same any more, salah is no longer talking fasting is no longer time without food. If you want to act with pure devotion this is one of the books how
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book,
This review is from: The Secret of Secrets (Golden Palm) (Paperback)A really amazing book that gives you some lovely stories of the great Shaykh Abd al-Qadir Al-Jilani. The second part of the book concentrates on giving the reader an insight into spiritual enlightenment.
A very useful book I would highly recommend.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Translation of a Must have book,
This review is from: The Secret of Secrets (Golden Palm) (Paperback)Toysun Barak's translation is wonderful. Few people realise that this Saint was hugely influential in the Asian subcontinent and many of us from the region had not heard of Ibn Arabi - who seems to have been highly influential in the West. This translation is an ingenuous weave of the author's life together with his teachings. It changed my life and other people's too. I gave to a friend as a gift and the next year he wrote to me saying this book had influenced him to go the Hajj. Hadrat Abdul Quadir Jilani (rah)is a huge presence so much so that some of his manuscripts are in the Vatican Library. His way is a journey of discovering the origins of self and this book is a good introduction into the world of this saintly sage
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breath-taking!!!,
This review is from: The Secret of Secrets (Golden Palm) (Paperback)This book is absolutely sensational!!! It has really inspired me and helps me through my spiritual struggle. It's a book for life, I keep looking back at it for guidance and inspiration again and again. Definitely one of my favorite books.
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing book,
This review is from: The Secret of Secrets (Golden Palm) (Paperback)If I was to say that this book has changed my life, I would not be lying. It is such a "must read" for those who want to tread on the path of love. If you do not have any background in Sufism then it may be a bit difficult to grasp at first, however it is an amazing book. There are spiritual secrets written in this book that you will have to work hard to find anywhere else. Do not just read them, try them as well and see where it takes you!
Happy travelling on the Path of Truth!
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure chest from a King,
This review is from: The Secret of Secrets (Golden Palm) (Paperback)Written by the King of Islam's saints (awliya), this masterpiece is an absolute eye-opener for all those seeking the Right Path and the Way to Allah's Pleasure. His advice is clear, simple, straightforward whilst enlightening the reader of a great many secrets to open the heart's own vision. If you are looking for a hand to lead you through the Straight Path, this book is for you.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book,
This review is from: The Secret of Secrets (Golden Palm) (Paperback)this is an amazing book, very well translated and its very good book for those who have good understanding of Quran and teachings of our beloved prophet Muhammad (PBUH)..
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jillani,
This review is from: The Secret of Secrets (Golden Palm) (Paperback)ما شاء الله
Beautifull read & a lot to learn about how important our saints are to us and (SWT).
Highly recommended if you want to learn in a bit more depth about this highly honoured saint.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing,
This review is from: The Secret of Secrets (Golden Palm) (Paperback)I really love this book it contains many amazing stories about the famous Scholar and man of God, Abdul-Qadir Jilani. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about the spritual side of Islam.
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The Secret of Secrets (Golden Palm) by Abd al-Qadir Al-Jilani (Paperback - Aug 1992)