Treatise for the Seekers of Guidance (Risala al-Mustrashidin)

Treatise for the Seekers of Guidance (Risala al-Mustrashidin)

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This is one of my favourite books on tasawwuf. It caused me to realise that there is a word which embodies the ‘innate feeling’ or ‘inward dimension of Islam’ as is the general definition of ‘tasawwuf’.

Treatise for the Seekers of Guidance is a life-changing book that epitomises the ‘sciences of spirituality’ and the ‘sciences of the heart’. Delving into social and moral psychology, the essence of this text is ‘God-consciousness’ and the way in which such an intangible, infinite ‘phenomenon’ manifests itself in the action of believers.

There is much meaning and wisdom behind the content as it draws on countless sources – ibn Qayyim, Imam Nawawi, hadiths and sayings of the Sahaba and Salaf. I found it to be an extremely positive and heart-warming read that improves a Muslim’s ibadah, brings us closer to Allah Subhanah wa Ta’ala and helps us to gain mastery over our nafs.

Written by Imam Al-Muhasibi, translated by Imam Zaid Shakir.

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