The Path to Perfection: An Anthology of the Spiritual Teachings of Hakim al-Umma Mawlana Ashraf Ali Thanawi
By Shaykh Masihullah Khan Sherwani
Paperback 184 Pages
ISBN : 9780972835879
Publisher : White Thread Press, U.S.A.
About The Book
Shaykh Masihullah Khan, a renowned student of the eminent Mawlana Ashraf 'Ali Thanawi, wrote Shari'at & Tasawwuf to pass on to future generations of Muslims the numerous benefits of his teacher’s wisdom. The teachings gathered here are notes of admonition and encouragement written by a man who has walked the path to his Creator; and at their core, these teachings are sustenance for the ailing hearts and souls of our time.
White Thread Press makes this invaluable work available in elegant and moving prose, while remaining true to its traditional origins. The result, a profound awakening of the heart, is within the reach of all. Those new to the spiritual sciences will delight in the range and profundity of the psychological and spiritual disciplines of Islam, while those already on the Path will gain new insights and perspectives.
At a time when the discourse surrounding Islam is generally inauthentic and shallow, The Path to Perfection presents a much-needed antidote. It goes beyond simply diagnosing the spiritual ailments that afflict us; it puts forward means of eradicating them, so that we as individuals, as communities, and as an Umma can reap the benefits of a spiritual way of life.
About the Author
One of the greatest authorities on tasawwuf of his times, Mawlana Muhammad Masihullah Khan was among the senior representatives (khalifas) of Hakim al-Umma Mawlana Ashraf Ali Thanawi. Mawlana Masihullah was born in 1329 or 1330 ah at Sara i Barla, in the district of Aligarh, India.
He spent a great deal of his time in the remembrance of Allah and supererogatory acts of worship. He was a paragon of piety and other noble qualities. His virtue, simplicity, and dignity were acknowledged by many who came into contact with him as a youth and as an adult. Modesty and kindheartedness dominated his personality. His character was so excellent that he even gained the heartfelt respect of his own teachers, who themselves were renowned scholars.
The year when Mawlana Masihullah completed his Islamic studies at Deoband, Mawlana Thanawi awarded him authorization to teach the science of tasawwuf. Mawlana Masihullah became a spiritual representative (khalifa) of Mawlana Thanawi at the age of 21, an astoundingly early age to receive such an honor. Despite his youth, Mawlana Thanawi listed him among eleven of his most eminent spiritual representatives.
He followed the Sunna in every aspect of his life. He passed away on 16 Jumada al-Ula 1413 A.H.
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