The Hundred Steps
By Shaykh Abdalqadir Al-Murabit
Paperback 100 Pages
ISBN : 9780906512074
Publisher : Madinah Press, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
An Excerpt From The Book
Sufism is the science of the journey to the King.
Its preferred etymology is that it derives from suf, wool. Shaykh Hasan al Basri said, 'I saw forty of the people of Badr and they all wore wool.' This means that the sufi - tasawwafa has put on the wool. This is distinct from those who confirm the way of Islam with the tongue and by book learning. It is taking the ancient way, the primordial path of direct experience of the Real.
Junayd said: 'The sufi is like the earth, filth is flung on it but roses grow from it.' He also said: 'The sufi is like the earth which supports the innocent and the guilty, like the sky which shades everything, like the rain which washes everything.'
The sufi is universal. He has reduced and then eliminated the marks of selfhood to allow a clear view of the cosmic reality. He has rolled up the cosmos in its turn and obliterated it. He has gone beyond. The sufi has said 'Allah'- until he has understood. All men and women play in the world like children. The sufi's task is to recognise the end in the beginning, accept the beginning in the end, arrive at the unified view. When the outward opposites are the same, and the instant is presence, and the heart is serene, empty and full, light on light, the one in the woollen cloak has been robed with the robe of honour and is complete.
The Imam also said: 'If I had known of any science greater than Sufism I would have gone to it, even on my hands and knees.'
About The Author
Shaykh Dr. Abdalqadir as-Sufi has been calling people to Allah for more than 30 years now. He has students and murids all over the world in Muslim and non-muslim lands. He is a Shaykh of the Shadhili - Darqawi Tariqah. His Idhn (authorization) comes from two Shaykhs. Shaykh Muhammad ibn al-Habib of Morocco, who was his first Shaykh and who made him his Muqaddim (representative) in the West, and Shaykh Muhammad al-Fayturi Hamudah who "by his authority joined together the two separate branches of the Habibiyya and the 'Alawiyyah.
Shaykh Abdalqadir entered Islam with the Imam of the Qarawiyyin Mosque in Fez, Morocco, and studied under Shaykh Muhammad ibn al-Habib of Meknes and Shaykh Muhammad al-Fayturi of Beghazi.
Shaykh Dr. Abdalqadir as-Sufi has been responsible for the most far-reaching and successful Islamic Da’wa of the 20th century. He has founded mosques in England, Spain and South Africa. His writings encompass well over 20 books and many essays and articles, and he has initiated the translation and publication of numerous classical works of Islam, most notably the Muwatta of Imam Malik and Ash-Shifa of Qadi ‘Iyad.
His students, many of whom are world-renowned and respected in their own fields, have been responsible among other things for definitive translations of the Qur’an into English and Spanish.
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