Author: M.M. Zuhur-ud-Din Ahmad
Publisher: Sh. Muhammad Ashraf
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: New
Weight: 301 gr.
Description from the publisher: This book aims to explain the origin and development of mysticism. The learned author has attempted to analyse the chief elements of Islamic mysticism and has shown in what way its basic principles are related to the fundamental tenets of Islam. It is purported to be a criticism of the origin and development of the Sufi movement among the Muslims in the light of the Qur’an and the Traditions of the Holy Prophet, the two chief sources of knowledge about Islam.
Western Orientalists have been writing voluminous books with regard to the development of mystic theories in the Islamic world. But very often their efforts are marred by their reliance on the works of unknown authors. their inferences from such works give an impression to the readers that the Muslim mystics had lived a life absolutely different from the life and tenets of the Founder of Islam. Their writings seem to suggest that Muslim saints had chalked out for themselves a path of spiritual progress that had very little in common with the path of the Prophet and his Companions, and almost invariably aim at proving that this new path founded by these saints in some way made amends for the inherent defects of Islam as a theory of life. There is nothing farther from the truth than this suggestion of the Western scholars. The learned author has attempted to prove that the Muslim saints were (and are) pious Muslims trying to follow the path of the Prophet like the rest of believers, differing only in this respect: that they were distinguished for their sincerity, piety, love and fear of God and their zeal in following the Prophet in every detail of conduct.