The Invocation Of God
Al-Wabil al-Sayyib min al-Kalim al Tayyib
By Ibn Qayyim al Jawziyyah
Translator : Michael Abdurrahman Fitzgerald & Moulay Youssef Slitine
Paperback 182 Pages
Publisher : Islamic Texts Society (ITS), Cambridge, UK
About The Book
Remembrance of Allah through discussions of the ego, the nature of the body, the ephemerality of the World, the degrees of Prayer, fasting, charity and the purification of the heart.
In describing al-Wabil al-Sayyib, here translated into English for the first time as Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya on the Invocation of God, the author says, ‘We have mentioned [in it] nearly one hundred benefits of remembrance of God [dhikr], and the secrets of remembrance...This is a book of great usefulness.’
Written in the fourteenth century by the renowned theologian Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, this treatise movingly details the many blessings of the remembrance of God.
Through discussions of the ego, the nature of the body, the ephemerality of the world, the degrees of prayer, fasting, charity, and the purification of the heart, this beautifully written work is a genuine contribution to Muslim spirituality.
What makes Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya on the Invocation of God of great interest is that it illustrates the spiritual life of Ibn Qayyim and of his teacher, the Hanbalite reformer Ibn Taymiyya (1263AH/1328AD).
A Selection from the Table of Contents
1. The Paths to Happiness
2. The Love of God
3. Ephemerality of the World
4. Divine Oneness the Key to Heaven
5. Three Kinds of Hearts
6. The Many Benefits of Remembrance
7. Remembrance and Supplication
Appendix I: The Arabic Text of Recommended Invocations
Appendix II: Biographical Notes
Appendix III: Concerning the Breath of the One Fasting
Index of Qur’anic Quotations.
About the Author
Imam Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyya was born into a scholarly and virtuous family in 691 AH/ 1292 A.D. At that time Damascus was a centre of literature and thought.
Many schools were located there and he studied and graduated under the protection, direction and sponsorship of his father.
He was particularly influenced by his Shaykh and teacher Imam Ibn Taymiyyah, and also by Ibn ash-Shirazi amongst others.
Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyya died in the city of Damascus the year 751 AH/1350 C.E.,when he was scarcely 60 years old, and was buried at the cemetery of Bab- al-Saghir, near the grave of his father - Rahimahuma Alla
Some of the Authors Excellently Books which have been translated in English include:
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