Sincere Counsel To The Seekers of Sacred Knowledge
Nasihat al Walad (Advice to a son)
Arabic - English
al-Hafiz Abu'l-Faraj Ibn al-Jawzi
An advice to his son - Abu'l-Qasim Badr al-Din 'Ali
Translation By Ayman ibn Khalid
Explained with critical notes by Ashraf Ibn 'Abd al-Maqsud (English Only)
Edited By Abu Rumaysah
Paperback 160 Pages
Publisher: Dar as-Sunnah Publications Birmingham
Full Arabic Text of the Letter is included
This letter by one of the
great scholars from Salaf is addressed to his son Abu'l-Qasim Badr al-Din 'Ali
who began to spend his days in idle play and wasting his time doing some
The challenges of parenthood are experienced by all and many times a parent is hard put to ascertain the correct course of action in bringing up a child in the correct Islamic manner, or, when required, disciplining that child.
This treatise is a moving and pertinent advice which Imam Ibn al-Jawzi, himself a great scholar and parent, directed to his carefree and disobedient child. It is important for every parent and child to read since it lays down the principles for providing a solid religious and spiritual education for oneself and one's family, thereby providing the foundation that every Muslim needs in his journey through this world to the next.
The main concept running throughout the work is on acquiring knowledge which is of spiritual benefit, purifying the intention, the challenges, the pitfalls and obstacles the seeker confronts, and acting on the basis of the acquired knowledge.
This second masterpiece in the series deals with the splendid admonishment of an Imam whose name is well known to all. Many indeed are the eyes that have shed tears after reading it, the hearts it has softened and great indeed is the benefit it contains. Through it the heedless wakes up, the ignorant comes to know and the sinner decides to repent. How excellent is his speech and oratory! He is the one who says: "Be merciful to a tear that is dropping for what it missed from you, and a heart burning due to your farness from it. My God, my God! My knowledge of Your grace makes me impatient for You, my certainty of Your Ascendancy (i.e. violent punishment) makes me lose hope of You, and every time I lift the veil of yearning to Your presence, my shyness of You does not allow me. My God! To You and by You I humble myself, and towards You I direct.
About the Author:
Jamal al-Din Abdul Rahman ibn Ali Ibn Muhammad ibn Ali Ibn Ubayd Allah Ibn al-Jawzi
al-Qurashi al Tamimi al Bakri al-Baghdadi al-Hanbali (509/510-597) was the Imam of Hanbalis and foremost orator of kings and commoners in his time, whose gatherings reportedly reached one hundred thousand. A hadith master, philologist, commentator of Qur'an, expert jurist, physician, and historian of superb character and exquisite manners.
Ibn al-Jawzi was a prolific author of over seven hundred books. He was the author of a vast number of works of which several have been printed in recent times. He was famous as a preacher and the traveller Ibn Jubair gives an enthusiastic account of two of his sermons heard in Baghdad.