Inner Aspects of Faith
By Shah Shahidullah Faridi
Paperback 151 Pages
Size : 0.4 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
ISBN : 9789679963649
Publisher : A.S. Noordeen (ASN), Malaysia
About The Book
Inner Aspects of Faith, is a collection of discourses by the eminent Sufi Saint of English origin, Shah Shahidullah Faridi (r.a.), who was from the aristocratic Lennard family of England. He was drawn towards Sufism after reading the famous 'Kashful Mahjub' written by Syed Ali Uthman al-Hujweri, and thereafter went out into the world in search of a qualified and perfect Sheikh, whom he found to be Hazrat Syed Mohamed Zauqi Shah (r.a.) from India.
The subject matter of these essays are amongst the most difficult and most controversial. The question of predestination and free-will, for example, has been a controversy raging within all religious faiths from time immemorial. On reading this chapter, a reader will gain better appreciation of predestination and free-will and settle many of his or her doubts on this subject.
The chapter on the Belief of God is covered in such a logical and simple manner that is enlightening for anyone who ever doubted the existence of a God, be he Muslim, Christian or Atheist.For those interested in human psychology, the chapter on the Spiritual Psychology of Islam, explains the position of the soul, ego and mind and how they interplay in a person's actions, in refreshing contrast to the Freudian concept of psychology.
- Belief in God
- The Institution of Sunnah and Hadith
- The Meaning of Tasawwuf
- The Spiritual autobiography
- Psychology of Islam
- Real Faith
- Free-Will, Pre-Determination and Self-revelation
- Grades of Being
About The Author
Hazrat Shah Shahidullah Faridi (1915-1978) embraced Islam after reading 'Kahful Mahjub' (The Unveiling of the Veiled), the classical treatise on Sufism written by the famous saint Hazrat Ali bin Uthman al Hujweri. Though having been born and raised in a wealthy English family he left his home in search of a Sufi shaikh.
In India, he eventually met the Chishti Sabri shaikh, Syed Zauqi Shah and pledged allegiance to him. At forty years of age, the responsibilities of spiritual succession were entrusted to him. He lived in Karachi for about thirty years until he died on Ramadhan 17th in 1978.
He was well-known among the local population as a dedicated servant to the common people, and he died in relative obscurity except in the Sufi community in Pakistan. His followers built a mausoleum (mazar) to honor his burial site which is located at Sakhi Hassan in Karachi. The mazar area also has a mosque and a graveyard in the complex. His work has attracted the attention recently of another English Muslim convert, Timothy Winter, a.k.a. Abdal Hakim Murad.
Hazrat Shahidullah was fluent in many languages and his discourses appealed to various ethnic groups across Pakistan. Though the number of his followers are in the few hundreds they come from all four provinces of Pakistan. His successor is Hazrat Siraj Ali who continues the Sabri Chisti lineage in Karachi.
His brother, who had also read Kashf'ul Mahjub and had accompanied him in his worldwide spiritual quest, also became a Muslim and followed Sufism. Shaykh Faridi's brother is buried within the famed Mausoleum of the Sufi Saint of Lahore, Pakistan - Ali Hajweri - known locally as Data Sahib or Data Ganj Baksh.
Shah Shahidullah Faridi was a renowned writer on spiritual matters, and was regarded as having great clarity and insight. His most famous book is Inner Aspects of Faith. He also compiled Part Two of 'Tarbiatul Ushaq' (The Training of Divine Lovers).
Main source: A brief biography of his, published recently in Urdu called Talash e Haqq rudad by Ahmed Ghazali Shaheedi, printed by M. Naeem Hashmi, Saudabad Malir Colony, Karachi, Pakistan.
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