Walking in Footsteps


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  • Author: Talib al-Habib

Walking in Footsteps on the Need for a Spiritual Teacher

"And follow the path of those who turn to Me in love, then surely with Me will be your journeys end."

Tasawwuf is the term given to the Islamic science of ihsan - the perfection and purification of the soul. Its basis is the divine law, its path is self realisation and its purpose is the attainment of absolute sincerity. It is the inner dimension of Islam: the soul that moves it, the vital force that strengthens it and the breath that sustains it.

The parth of Tasawwuf must be taken from a perfected and revered spiritual master, who guides one through the deadly snares of the Ego and traps of the Devil. The bond between master and pupil imitates the relationship between the Holy Prophet and his companions. It forms the basis and essence of Tasawwuf and is essential for any sincere seeker of Allah.

This book examines the importance of walking inthe footsteps of the saintly and righteous along the long and difficult path that leads to the ultimate reality. It unearths the Islamic origins of Tasawwuf and helps explain the nature and characteristics of the master pupil bond according to the clasical scholars and luminaries of traditional Islam.

It is hoped that this work will help to revive an important somewhere that has all but forgotten by modern-day Muslims and reawken in them the yearning for the age long quest for spiritual perfection.

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