If God is purity, I am sobriety;
If God is power, I will cultivate the best of acts;
If God is the treasure, I am contentment;
If God is salvation, I will trust in Him.
If God alone is real, the world cannot be;
If God is Identity, then He is mine.
'Understanding Islam: A New Translation with Selected Letters'
By Frithjof Schuon (Author), Edited by Patrick Laude (Author)
Islam is the meeting between God as such and man as such. . . . Islam confronts what is immutable in God with what is permanent in man. These are the opening words of Schuon's classic masterwork on Islam, perhaps the most misunderstood of the great Revelations. The purpose of this book is not so much to give a description of Islam as to explain why Muslims believe in it . Both Westerners unfamiliar with Islam and Muslims seeking a deeper understanding of the basis of faith will be struck by Schuon's masterful explanation of the spiritual world of Islam. This edition features: · Completely new translation from the original French. · 77 pages of completely new material, including previously unpublished letters and other writings by Frithjof Schuon. · New chapter called The Three Dimensions of Sufism which has never been published before in book form. · Extensive Editor's Notes added by Patrick Laude (Georgetown University), the editor, which help to explain various concepts, key terms and historical figures who are mentioned in the text. · New Editor's Preface by Patrick Laude, and a Foreword by Annemarie Schimmel (Harvard University). · Glossary of Foreign Terms. · Updated and expanded Index.
'With misunderstanding comes great fear. "Understanding Islam" is a reprinting and revised translation of Frithjof Schuon's previous work surrounding the nature of Islam and why it has attracted a billion and a half followers. World renown for its scholarly nature that sheds light on this controversial faith, this updated edition contains 77 pages of new material, editor's notes, glossaries, and more. "Understanding Islam" is a core and much recommended addition to community and college religious studies collections.'
(Midwest Book Review)