A list of Best Islamic Spirituality Books
It is the duty of every Muslim to attain Tazkiyah and nearness of Allah the Exalted. It is not necessary to read Islamic Spiritiuality books only when you are in search of Sufism .Infact Islamic spirituality books are those books that increases you in imaan and instill in you deep understanding of faith . I have chosen some good books on Islamic spirituality that can help you boost your imaan and give you strength in your bad times . The below list is necessarily a list of those books that can help in the purification of our souls, redemption ,hope and renewal of heart . Happy reading !
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Purification of the Heart: Signs, Symptoms and Cures of the Spiritual Diseases of the Heart
This exploration of Islamic spirituality delves into the psychological diseases and cures of the heart. Diseases examined include miserliness, envy, hatred, treachery, rancor, malice, ostentation, arrogance, covetousness, lust, and other afflictions that assail people and often control them. The causes and practical cures of these diseases are discussed, offering a penetrating glimpse into how Islam deals with spiritual and psychological problems and demonstrating how all people can benefit from these teachings.
Author : Hamza Yusuf .He is the founder of the Zaytuna Institute, which is committed to inspiring a traditional understanding and study of the core Islamic sciences. He has also served as an advisor to President Bush on Islamic affairs. He lives in Hayward, California.
Ghazali on the Principles of Islamic Spirituality: Selections from Forty Foundations of Religion – Annotated & Explained
The wisdom of one of the greatest scholars of Islam can be a companion on your own spiritual journey.
Considered by many to be the all-time greatest scholar of Islam, Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (1058 1111) was also one of the foremost sages of theology, philosophy and Sufism. His writings on the interrelation of law, theology and mysticism were central in establishing Sufism as a core dimension of orthodox Islamic practice. Muslim communities all across the world today still base much of their practice of Islam on Ghazali’s writings.
The Forty Foundations of Religion, Ghazali s own summary of his magnum opus, The Revival of the Religious Sciences, serves as a brief and powerful summary of Islamic faith, worship, law and spirituality. It outlines the basis of Islamic belief, the foundational matters of ritual and practice, and the character traits a person must cultivate and avoid in the perfection of faith.
Now you can experience the wisdom of Ghazali even if you have no previous knowledge of The Forty Foundations of Religion or Islam. This SkyLight Illuminations edition the first publication of significant portions of The Forty Foundations of Religion in English provides original translations of selected highlights accompanied by insightful commentary that makes the core message of this great spiritual master relevant to anyone seeking a balanced understanding of Islam.”
The Seventy-Seven Branches of Faith
This is the first English translations of one of the most popular manuals of Islam ever written. The “Seventy-Seven Branches of Faith” is a collection of Qur’anic verses and Prophetic narrations compiled by Imām al-Bayhaqī [d. 458 A.H], Allāh be well pleased with him. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true faith [imān]. These seventy-seven branches are some of the essential attributes and characteristics that a true believer should have or strive towards having.
Author : Imam al-Bayhaqi [d. 458 A.H]
Treatise For The Seekers Of Guidance
The translation, notes, and commentary of Imam al-Harith al-Muhasibi’s Risala al-Mustarshidin (Treatise For The Seekers Of Guidance) by Zaid Shakir is intended to serve as a layman’s guide to Islamic spirituality. Al – Muhasibi presents most of the major ideas that would both serve as the basis for a full program of spiritual development and comprise an insightful overview of a system of Islamic moral psychology. He examines in great depth and penetrating insight the psychological motivations and justifications for moral thought and action and correspondingly the associated bases of immorality. In so doing, he has provided a road map that any person can follow to overcome the guiles of his fundamental enemies: the world, the ego, the whims of the soul, and Satan.
Reclaim Your Heart
Reclaim Your Heart is not just a self-help book. It is a manual about the journey of the heart in and out of the ocean of this life. It is a book about how to keep your heart from sinking to the depths of that ocean, and what to do when it does. It is a book about redemption, about hope, about renewal. Every heart can heal, and each moment is created to bring us closer to that transformative return. Reclaim Your Heart is about finding that moment when everything stops and suddenly looks different. It is about finding your own awakening. And then returning to the better, truer, and freer version of yourself. Many of us live our lives, entrapped by the same repeated patterns of heartbreak and disappointment. Many of us have no idea why this happens. Reclaim Your Heart is about freeing the heart from this slavery. It is about the journey in an out of life’s most deceptive traps. This book was written to awaken the heart and provide a new perspective on love, loss, happiness, and pain. Providing a manual of sorts, Reclaim Your Heart will teach readers how to live in this life without allowing life to own you. It is a manual of how to protect your most prized possession: the heart.
The Book of Assistance
This is a very good book on assistance and guidance for various topics: on intentions on prayer, fasting and pilgrimage, social duties, inner self and outer self, and fortitude and gratitude. Chapters are cited with surahs, hadiths, and commentaries from Islamic scholars . It is book of assistance ,support ,and encouragement for such believers who desire to follow the way of the afterlife .This book is a book on tasawwuf and is a recommended book by many Islamic Institutions .
Author : Shaykh al Islam Imam al Haddad who wrote “The Book of Assistance” was the Mujadid (reviver) of the Twelfth Islamic Century was one such Mu’min who attained perfection. He was a direct descendant of the Prophet Mohammed, his sanctity and direct experience of God are clearly reflected in his writings, poetry, and books.
Islamic Spirituality Foundations (World Spirituality)
A broad-ranging, illustrated, scholarly treatment of core topics in Islamic spirituality. This book discusses the foundations of Sufism, including the Qur’an, the Hadith, pilgrimage, and prayer, as well as a study of the rise of Islam. The companion book Islamic Spirituality: Manifestations delves more deeply into the different ways that Sufism is lived out around the world, with attention to the various sects and their writings.
Author :Seyyed Hossein Nasr, currently University Professor of Islamic Studies at the George Washington University, Washington D.C. is one of the most important and foremost scholars of Islamic, Religious and Comparative Studies in the world today. He is also the author of th famous Quran translation :The Study Quran: A New Translation and Commentary