Spiritual Gems of Islam: Insights & Practices from the Qur'an, Hadith, Rumi & Muslim Teaching Stories to Enlighten the Heart & Mind

Spiritual Gems of Islam: Insights & Practices from the Qur'an, Hadith, Rumi & Muslim Teaching Stories to Enlighten the Heart & Mind

by Imam Jamal Rahman

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Refine your heart and mind with the wisdom of Islamic spirituality

"To live a meaningful life—one that brings us joy, contentment and fulfillment—we have to do the inner spiritual work of becoming a more complete human being."
—from the Introduction

Over the centuries, Islamic sages have gleaned timeless spiritual insights and practices from sacred texts, meditation and knowledge of the heart—gems that have been passed down from generation to generation. This book invites you—no matter what your practice may be—to access the treasure chest of Islamic spirituality, particularly Sufism, and use its wealth to strengthen your own journey.

The riches include guidance drawn from the Qur'an, sayings of the Prophet Muhammad and Sufi poets such as the thirteenth-century Rumi on cultivating awareness, intentionality and compassion for self and others. This book also features entertaining wisdom teaching stories, especially those of Mulla Nasruddin, Islam’s great comic foil, to expand the mind and heart. It breaks down barriers to accessing this ancient tradition for modern seekers by dispelling myths about the Muslim faith concerning gender bias, inclusivity and appreciation for diversity.

Regardless of where you are on your spiritual journey, you will find these gems worthy additions to your own treasure chest within.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594735271
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Imam Jamal Rahman is a beloved teacher and retreat leader whose passion for helping people deepen their spiritual lives and cultivate interfaith understanding has inspired audiences throughout the world. He has been featured in the New York Times, on CBS News, the BBC and many NPR programs. He is co-founder and Muslim Sufi minister at Interfaith Community Sanctuary, adjunct faculty at Seattle University, and a former host of Interfaith Talk Radio. He is author of Sacred Laughter of the Sufis: Awakening the Soul with the Mulla's Comic Teaching Stories&Other Islamic Wisdom and Spiritual Gems of Islam: Insights&Practices from the Qur’an, Hadith, Rumi&Muslim Teaching Stories to Enlighten the Heart&Mind (both SkyLight Paths) and The Fragrance of Faith: The Enlightened Heart of Islam; and co-author of Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi&an Imam and Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith (both SkyLight Paths), among other books.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Opening Up to the Light
Gem 1 "This Is the Book" (Qur'an 2:2)—"Meditate
on Its Signs" (Qur'an 38:29) 3
Gem 2 “The Qur’an Is a Shy and Veiled Bride”
(Rumi) 11
Gem 3 “I Was a Secret Treasure and I Longed to
Be Known” (Hadith Qudsi) 15
Gem 4 “We Have Not Known You as We Should
Have” (Hadith) 23

Cultivating Inner Spaciousness
Gem 5 “Know Thyself and You Shall Know Thy
Lord” (Hadith) 35
Gem 6 “Die Before You Die” (Hadith) 41
Gem 7 “The Road Is Long, the Sea Is Deep”
(Fariduddin Attar) 46
Gem 8 “In the Name of God, Boundlessly
Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful”
(Qur’anic Invocation) 51
Gem 9 “We Have Made Some of You as a Trial
for Others: Will You Have Patience?”
(Qur’an 25:20) 59
Gem 10 “Ye Shall Surely Travel from Stage to Stage”
(Qur’an 84:19) 65
Gem 11 “Will You Not See? Will You Not Listen?
Will You Not Pay Attention?”
(Qur’an 54:17, 7:204) 68

Purifying and Expanding the Heart
Gem 12 “O My Lord! Open for Me My Heart!”
(Qur’an 20:25) 77
Gem 13 “Bring to God a Sound Heart”
(Qur’an 26:89) 81
Gem 14 “Who Has a Better Dye Than God?”
(Qur’an 2:138) 86
Gem 15 “Embrace Not Only the Ten Thousand Joys
of Life, But Also the Ten Thousand Sorrows”
(Traditional Saying) 94
Gem 16 “There Is Room Inside for Only One of Us”
(Rumi) 99

Remembering Your Sustainer
Gem 17 “Bow in Adoration and Draw Closer”
(Qur’an 96:19) 107
Gem 18 “Truly in the Remembrance of God Do
Hearts Find Rest” (Qur’an 13:28) 115

Doing What Is Beautiful
Gem 19 “Persevere in Doing Good: Behold! God
Loves the Doers of Good.” (Qur’an 2:195) 121
Gem 20 “Ah! What a Beautiful Fellowship!”
(Qur’an 4:69) 126
Gem 21 “Be Just; This Is Closest to Being
God-Conscious.” (Qur’an 5:8) 131
Gem 22 “Confound Not Truth with Falsehood”
(Qur’an 2:42) 138
Gem 23 “All Things Have We Created in Proportion
and Measure” (Qur’an 54:49) 141
Gem 24 “Work in the Invisible World at Least as
Hard as You Do in the Visible” (Rumi) 146
Gem 25 “Move from Knowledge of the Tongue to
Knowledge of the Heart” (Traditional Saying) 151
Gem 26 “Whoever … Believes in God Has Grasped the
Most Trustworthy Handhold” (Qur’an 2:256) 157

Walking on Spacious Paths
Gem 27 “Women Are the Twin-Halves of Men”
(Hadith) 165
Gem 28 “Come to Know Each Other” (Qur’an 49:13) 172
Gem 29 “Be Quick in the Race for Forgiveness from
Your Lord” (Qur’an 3:133) 179

Being in the Mystery
Gem 30 “Praise Be to Allah … Who Made the Angels
Messengers with Wings” (Qur’an 35:1) 187
Gem 31 “What Is This Love and Laughter?” (Hafiz) 193
Gem 32 “To God We Belong and to God We Are
Returning” (Qur’an 2:156) 199
Gem 33 “A Lovesick Nightingale among Owls” (Rumi) 203
Acknowledgments 210
Notes 212
Selected Qur’anic Passages and Hadith 216
The Most Beautiful Names of Allah: Asma al-Husna 225
Bibliography and Suggestions for Further Reading 229

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