Key Concepts in the Practice of Sufism Vol.4

Key Concepts in the Practice of Sufism Vol.4

by M. Fethullah Gulen


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Sufism is a path that demands active participation in spiritual growth and development. Introducing and describing the various stages of the Sufi path, Emerald Hills of the Heart: Key Concepts in the Practice of Sufism presents a reliable metaphysical roadmap for the Sufi or Islamic spiritual life.

The spiritual journey or progression is virtually infinite, and is comprised of as many stages and ranks as there are believers, from the most honorable of all creation, Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace and blessings, to the most ordinary Muslim. The spiritual path contains various distinguishing subtle characteristics or particularities that can only be comprehended by those with the ability to brave these rough terrains. Emerald Hills of the Heart is able to evaluate these characteristics both within the boundaries and limits of the Islamic measures and the enormous profundity and infinity of spiritual life; this is done within a conceptual framework.

This comprehensive four-volume series helps to establish the boundaries of the spiritual path so that spiritual life can advance on the basis of Islamic principles without causing or suffering from any digressions; at the same time this path is illuminated by the floodlights that have been placed at every stage and station. While delineating the boundaries, Emerald Hills of the Heart concurrently destroys any limits that have been imposed on the spiritual journey.

Emerald Hills of the Heart elucidates the relationship between God the All-High and His human creation, presenting the most unique and sensitive aspects of this relationship; at the same time the identity of human beings as of the best stature and the perfect pattern of creation is focused on by making use of the concept of the Perfect, Universal journey from God, on their setting their heart wholly on God,and the back towards Him and with Him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597842136
Publisher: Tughra Books
Publication date: 07/16/2010
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

M. Fethullah Gülen is a writer, a poet, and a public speaker on issues related to Islam. He is the author of Toward a Global Civilization of Love and Tolerance. He lives in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Preface M. Fethullah Gülen Emerald Hills of The Heart vii

Talib, Murid, Salik, Wasil (The Seeker, The One Who Wills, The Initiate, The One Who Has Attained or Reached) 1

The Initiate from a Different Perspective 14

Wasil (One Who Has Attained or Reached) 24

Khushu and Hurma (Reverent Awe and Respect) 38

The Horizon of "the Secret" and What Lies Beyond 47

Haqq (The Truth), Haqiqa (The Genuine) and What Lies Beyond 56

God and the Truth of Divinity 62

Metaphysical Realms 75

The 'Arsh (The Supreme Throne of God) 75

The Kursiyy (The Supreme Seat of God) 83

Sidratu'l-Muntaha (The Lote-Tree of the Furthest Limit) 88

Al-Baytu'l-Ma'mur (The Prosperous House) 90

Lawhun Mahfuz (The Supreme Preserved Tablet) and What Lies Before 93

(Ta'ayyunat) Identifications and What Lies Before 103

God's Attributes of Glory 115

The Divine Attributes from the Perspective of the Essentials or Basic Foundations of the Religion 124

The Attributes in the Negative or the Attributes of Exemption or Freedom 124

The Essential Attributes 126

Wujud ([The All-Holy, Self-]Existence) 126

Wahdaniyya (Oneness) 127

Qidam (Having No Beginning) 129

Baqa (Eternal Permanence) 129

Muhalafatun lil-Hawadith (Being Unlike the Created) 131

Qiyam bi-Nafsihi (Self-Subsistence) 132

The Positive or Affirmative Attributes 132

Hayah (Life) 133

'Ilm (Knowledge) 134

Sam'a (Hearing) 136

Basar (Sight) 137

Irada (Will) 138

Qudra (Power) 140

Kalam (Speech) 141

Takwin (Making Exist) 143

The Attributes of Action 144

Khalq (Creation) 144

Ibda' (Originating Uniquely) 146

Insha' (Producing) 146

Ihya'and Imata (Giving Life and Reviving, and Causing to Die) 147

Tarziq (Providing) 148

God's Figurative Attributes 149

The All-Beautiful Names of God 154

The Names Indicating the Divine Essence 168

The Names Originating in Divine Attributes of Glory 170

The Names Indicating Divine Acts 171

The Foundational Names 173

The Names of Majesty 174

The Names of Grace 174

Putting an End to a Long Journey 175

Bibliography 191

Index 195

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