"Knock on the door of the dhikr, seeking shelter with God and avowing your need of Him, with continual silence toward your fellows and the shepherding of your innermost being to guard it from conversing with the lower self with every breath, if you desire to have spiritual sufficiency."
(Abu'l Hasan al-Shadhili)
'The Subtle Blessings in the Saintly Lives of Abul-Abbas al- Mursi: And His Master Abul-Hasan'
By Ibn Ata' Allah al-Iskandari (Author), Nancy Roberts (Translator)
This deeply personal reminiscence of one man's growth in Islamic mysticism is a tribute to the two great shaykhs who molded his spiritual life and vision. Filled with anecdotes illustrating the shaykhs' spiritual gifts and insights, the text not only conveys the beauty and inspiration of these men's lives and their utter devotion to God, but also helps readers to approach a life of devotion and inimitable blessings. Sufi interpretations of Qur'an passages and traditional Sufi spiritual litanies are included. An appendix features an account of female gnostic Hajja Zakia's life and devotion to Shaykh Abul Hasan and is augmented by a photographic essay.