A RETURN TO THE SPIRIT
Questions and Answers
Martin Lings (Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un)
Foreword by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales
Introduction by Huston Smith
Pages: 200 Paperback
ISBN:1887752749; 15 photographs
Dr.Lings answers various questions posed to him relating to his life, Islam, Sufism, Religion and Spirituality.
This final work of the greatly revered Martin Lings opens with an insightful autobiographical account of his own interior journey, the finding of a spiritual master, and the conclusions he ultimately reached regarding the inner life and Islam. The 96-year-old author, a respected British scholar, recounts the lessons learned from his life as a practicing Sufi, including the answers to profound questions such as: How did I come to put First things First?, What is the Spiritual Significance of Tears and Laughter?, What is the Spiritual Significance of Civilization?, What is the Qur'anic Doctrine of the Afterlife and How is it related to Sufism?, and Why 'With All Thy Mind'?
Prior to publication of this volume, its distinguished author, Martin Lings, did in fact 'return to the Spirit' on May 12th 2005. This has occasioned the addition to this work of an 'In Memoriam' appendix. Readers will be treated to tributes that have arrived from the world over written by those who simply read and loved his work to those who knew him personally, some of whom were under his spiritual direction. These diverse accounts of this extraordinary man round out a profound image of his person. The book also includes a selection of previously unpublished photographs taken throughout his life.
In Dr Lings' case, he saw beneath the surface of things and helped us to penetrate the veil behind which lies the sacred meaning to so many of life's mysteries. He helped us to look beyond the literal and to comprehend that there are many layers of meaning within the hidden universe - something which science is now at last beginning to recognize through the acknowledgement of an inherent order and harmony to the world about us and within us.
-from the Foreword, H.R.H. The Prince of Wales
'Lives of great men all remind
us / We can make our lives sublime…'
'Beholding His glory, we ourselves are transformed from glory unto glory.'
Martin Lings has been a role model for me…like everyone else who knew him intimately, I revered him for being the saint he was.
-from the Introduction, Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions
Martin Lings born in Lancashire, England in 1909.
Took an English degree at Oxford university
His interest in Islam and in Arabic took him to Egypt in 1939, and in the following year he was given a lectureship in Cairo University. In 1952 he returned to England and took a degree in Arabic at London University. From 1970-74 he was Keeper of Oriental Manuscripts and Printed Books at the British Museum (in 1973 his Department became part of the British Library) where he had been in special charge of the Qur’an manuscripts, amongst other treasures,
Dr. Martin Lings has been a Muslim for more than 50 years. He is also a Muslim scholar and has written various books in the fields of Traditional Islam and Sufism.
Dr. Martin Lings is the author of the authoritative biography of the Prophet, Muhammed, His Life Based on the Earliest Sources. He has also written What is Sufism?, Ancient Beliefs and Modern Superstitions, Shakespeare in Light of Sacred Art, The Book of Certainty, A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century, The Quranic Art of Calligraphy and Illumination and two volumes of poems, The Element and The Heralds. He is also the author of the article on Sufism in the latest edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, the chapter on Sufism in the Cambridge University Publication Religion in the Middle East, and numerous articles for the quarterly journal Studies in Comparative Religion.
Martin Lings was born in Burnage, Lancashire, 1909. After taking an English degree at Oxford in 1932, he was appointed Lecturer in Anglo-Saxon at the University of Kaunas. His interest in Islam and in Arabic took him to Egypt in 1939, and in the following year he was given a lectureship in Cairo University. In 1952 he returned to England and took a degree in Arabic at London University. From 1970-74 he was Keeper of Oriental Manuscripts and Printed Books at the British Museum (in 1973 his Department became part of the British Library) where he had been in special charge of the Qur’an manuscripts, amongst other treasures, since 1955. Dr. Lings passed from this world on May 12th 2005 and is survived by his wife.
Martin Lings Also Known As Abu Bakr Siraj Ad-Din.
The Meaning of Man Sidi Ali Jamal of Fez, The Foundation of the
Journey to God: Reflections on the Hikam of Ibn Ata'illah
A Sufi Study of Hadith Haqiq al Tariqa minas-Sunna al-Aniqa
7 Steps to Spiritual Intelligence Based On Classical Teachings
A simple Guide to Sufism: Farida Khanam, Goodword Books
A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century: Shaikh Ahmad al-Alawi:
Daily Wisdom: No. 2: Selection from the Qur'an
21 Du'a for Children Supplications from Al-Qur'an - Mansur Ahmad
Noble Qur'an (English Only): Shaykh Abdalhaqq & Aisha Bewley