The Summary of Religious Knowledge [Mukhtasar fi 'Ilm
Pearls of the Heart [Eighteen Sermons]
By Shaikh 'Abd al-Qadir Jillani (may Allah santify his
By Shaikh Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani
Translated by Muhtar Holland
Paperback 179 Pages
Published By Al Baz Publishing, Florida USA
The Summary of Religious
Knowledge [Mukhtasar fi 'Ilm ad-Din] is a Basic essential Hanbali Fiqh
& knowledge of the Spiritual Path [tariqa]
Pearls of the Heart [Eighteen Sermons] by Shaikh 'Abd
This rare manuscript was obtained from the collection of
manuscripts of the Vatican Library. So far as is known, it is the only copy of
this work remaining in existence. The introduction reads as follows: Shaikh 'Abd
al-Qadir al-Gilani (may Allah, the Independent Sovereign, ennoble him) wrote
this Summary of Religious Knowledge [Mukhtasar fi 'Ilm ad-Din] for the benefit
of worshipful servants ['abidin] and followers of the spiritual path [salikin].
He designed it to include two aspects, so that anyone who
put it into practise would be equipped with a pair of wings. Allah is the
Guide to the path of correctness, and to Him is the return and the journey
Section 1: The science of the Sacred Law [Shari'a] deals
with general principles and specific details concerning religious duty, under
seven chapter headings.
Section 2: The second section is concerned with knowledge of
the Spiritual Path [tariqa], which is like a sheltered kernel, while the
Sacred Law [Shari'a] is like a shell that keeps it safe and sound.
That is why 'Ali (may Allah be well pleased with him)
once said: "All the spiritual paths [Turuq] are closed to people, apart from
those who follow the command of Allah's Messenger (Allah bless him and give
him peace).' Translated by Muhtar Holland.
The Second Book which is attached (Pearls of the Heart) is a
list Eighteen Sermons by Shaikh 'Abd al-Qadir Jillani
Shaikh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani
Shaikh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani In
A.H. 488, at the age of eighteen, left his native province to become a student
in the great capital city of Baghdaad, the hub of political, commercial and
cultural activity, and the center of religious learning in the world of Islaam.
After studying traditional sciences under such teachers as the prominent
Hanbalii jurist [faqiih], Abuu Sa'd 'Alii al-Mukharrimii, he encountered a more
spiritually oriented instructor in the saintly person of Abu'l-Khair Hammaad ad-Dabbaas.
Then, instead of embarking on his own
professorial career, he abandoned the city and spent twenty-five years as a
wanderer in the desert regions of 'Iraq. He was over fifty years old by the
time he returned to Baghdaad, in A.H. 521/1127 C.E., and began to preach in
public. His hearers were profoundly affected by the style and content of his
lectures, and his reputation grew and spread through all sections of society.
He moved into the school [madrasa] belonging to his old teacher al-Mukharrimii,
but the premises eventually proved inadequate.
In the words of Shaikh Muzaffer Ozak Efendi:
'The venerable 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani passed on to the Realm of Divine Beauty
in A.H. 561/1166 C.E.,
Muhtar Hollandwas born in 1935, in the ancient city of Durham in the
North East of England. This statement may be considered anachronistic, however,
since he did not bear the name Muhtar until 1969, when he was moved-by powerful
experiences in the latihan kejiwaan of Subud-to embrace the religion of Islam.
This Fresh translation should be a welcome addition to the library resources of
the scholar and layman alike, and a great interest to students, teachers, and
seekers of spiritual knowledge and understanding everywhere
Some of his translations Include the following:
Dimension Of Islamic Worship (From Ghazali's Ihya ulum ud din
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