The Sufi Science of Self-Realization
Author: Shaykh Hisham Kabbani
Author Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, a master of the Naqshbandi Sufi Path, has composed a treatise on the geography of the soul, beginning with the seventeen destructive traits of the heart and ending with the six latent, marvelous powers of the heart.
This book, aimed at laypersons and those unfamiliar with Sufi terminology, provides an invaluable window into the living, ancient discourses of mystical Islam, wherein gnostic interpretations of Quranic scripture, hadith and traditional sciences such as numerology are all incorporated into a map of the soul's potential states, stations and pitfalls on its way back to God.
Shaykh Kabbani introduces knowledge of self as the most powerful and complex realm of understanding: "The foundations of modern science now rest upon an understanding of the inter-relatedness of the soul and the world."
Delving into the harmful aspects of the psyche, the book suggests self-auditing (muhasabah) as a powerful technique for self-improvement. Shaykh Kabbani points out how self-destructive habits such as anger, depression and stinginess when unacknowledged, persist. Liberation from such ruinous routines requires discipline and begins with astute self-examination and concurrent contemplation. Filled with gems of counsel and guidance, this work invites those within and outside of the Sufi traditions to step up their spiritual game via the sacred admonition and accumulated wisdom of the Sufi science of self-realization.
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