Key to Salvation
Ibn Ata’ Allah al-Iskandari
Paperback 270 Pages
Includes Glossary. Bibliography. Index.
The Islamic Texts Society, Cambridge UK
This is the first English translation of Miftah al-falah, a
thirteenth century Sufi text, written by Ibn Ata Allah, one of the great masters
of the Shadhili Sufi order. It is considered to be one of his most important
works because it sets out the principles of actual Sufi mystical practices,
shedding light on the sacred invocations, and associated practices, such as the
spiritual retreat. Written in a clear, lucid style, it offers a glimpse into the
Sufi world of the 7th Islamic century and allows us to see almost at first hand
how the novice was guided by the Sufi Shaykh and, above all, the purpose and
preparation involved in engaging in the invocation, dhikhru’llah. Ibn
Ata’ Allah sets out to define it, to explain its nature and power, to show its
results and to prove that it is part of the Prophet’s Sunna, or
practice. The author goes to great lengths to point out many Qur’anic verses
where dhikru’llah is mentioned and cites many noted authorities.
Mary Ann Koury-Danner, currently Area Specialist
for Middle Eastern Studies at Indiana University Library, has already won two
awards for this translation.© The Islamic Texts Society 2002
Table of Contents
About the Author
On the Nature of Remembrance
Benefits of Invocation in General.
On the benefits of the Invocations Used by
the Novice travelling the path.
On choosing the Type of Remembrance.
The gradual Advance of the Seeker by Means
of the Invocations.
On the Invocation During Spiritual
The Oneness of God.
What Initiates on the path Must impress
On Explaining Invocations
Remembrance in All Situations and times
during the day and the night
Appendix I: Key persons mentioned in the
Appendix II: Glossary of terms.
Appendix III: Silsilah of the Shadhili
ad-Din Abu’l-Fadl Ahmad b. Muhammad b. Abd al-Karim b. Ata’ Allah al-Iskandari,
al-Judhami ash-Shadhili, known simply as Ibn ‘Ata’ Allah
He is Abu al-Fadl Ibn `Ata Allah al-Iskandari (d. 709), one of the great sufi
imams, also known as a muhaddith, preacher, and Maliki jurist. He was Abu al-`Abbas
al-Mursi's (d. 686) student and the second successor of Imam Abu al-Hasan al-Shadhili,
and he was the first to spread the Shadhili teachings in writing.
Ibn Ata' Allah al-Iskandari was born in the middle of the 7th century AH/13th
century CE and grew up in Alexandria during the Mamluk era.
He Authored many books including many of which are have
been translated in English Including the following:-
Biographical sketch from the Book
Other Books on Sufism and Spirituality
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