Tuesday, 24 June 2014
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Hello all!

I am writing to ask for any recommended Sufi texts, or texts about Islam and the Qu'ran? Are there any Qu'ran books with the English translation and original Arabic alongside that you recommend? Also, if there are any websites (besides this one) that would be good for anyone interested in Sufism?

Thank-you very much for your time, it is greatly appreciated. God-bless you all for your hard efforts at communicating these beautiful secrets. Peace to all!

Robin
8 years ago
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As-Salaam Alaikum (Inverential Peace).

We highly recommend Al-Risalah, Principles of Sufism by Al-Qushayri, especially the translation by Rabia Harris. This book is essential to understanding Sufi doctrine and will guide you, through meditation, to comprehending the writings of the great Sufi initiates.

Anything by Rumi, such as the translations of Coleman Barks, is excellent, such as The Essential Rumi, The Book of Love, The Soul of Rumi, and Bridge to the Soul. To really know Sufism, one must study and meditate on his Mathnawi, available in Whinfield's translation published as Teachings of Rumi or Arberry's Tales from the Masnavi. See also his famous Fihi Ma Fihi ("It is what it is") translated as Signs of the Unseen by W.M. Thackston Jr.

The Drowned Book, the writings of Rumi's father, also translated by Coleman Barks, is wonderful.

The Conference of the Birds by the Master Attar is foundational as well.

Anything by our Master and saint Mansur Al-Hallaj, whom Samael Aun Weor denominated "the Muhammadan Christ," is beyond value.

And, of course, anything written by Al-Sheikh Al-Akbar "the greatest of Sufi teachers," Ibn Al-Arabi, particularly his Meccan Revelations, is excellent.

I believe this is enough to begin with. As for texts with Arabic, the best is to study the Qur'an along with the Abjad numerical system, which is the Kabbalah of Arabic letters. We have a course available already on the website for the Kabbalah of the Hebrew letters, which translates to the Arabic system as well.

As for websites teaching Sufism, I do not have any to recommend, because most of the schools have degenerated or do not publicly teach what we are teaching, therefore, at most they have only introductory information to provide, or as Paul of Tarsus taught, "Milk for babes."

For thirty years I sought God. But when I looked carefully I found that in reality God was the seeker and I the sought. -Bayazid al-Bastami

8 years ago
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#7065
Accepted Answer
As-Salaam Alaikum (Inverential Peace).

We highly recommend Al-Risalah, Principles of Sufism by Al-Qushayri, especially the translation by Rabia Harris. This book is essential to understanding Sufi doctrine and will guide you, through meditation, to comprehending the writings of the great Sufi initiates.

Anything by Rumi, such as the translations of Coleman Barks, is excellent, such as The Essential Rumi, The Book of Love, The Soul of Rumi, and Bridge to the Soul. To really know Sufism, one must study and meditate on his Mathnawi, available in Whinfield's translation published as Teachings of Rumi or Arberry's Tales from the Masnavi. See also his famous Fihi Ma Fihi ("It is what it is") translated as Signs of the Unseen by W.M. Thackston Jr.

The Drowned Book, the writings of Rumi's father, also translated by Coleman Barks, is wonderful.

The Conference of the Birds by the Master Attar is foundational as well.

Anything by our Master and saint Mansur Al-Hallaj, whom Samael Aun Weor denominated "the Muhammadan Christ," is beyond value.

And, of course, anything written by Al-Sheikh Al-Akbar "the greatest of Sufi teachers," Ibn Al-Arabi, particularly his Meccan Revelations, is excellent.

I believe this is enough to begin with. As for texts with Arabic, the best is to study the Qur'an along with the Abjad numerical system, which is the Kabbalah of Arabic letters. We have a course available already on the website for the Kabbalah of the Hebrew letters, which translates to the Arabic system as well.

As for websites teaching Sufism, I do not have any to recommend, because most of the schools have degenerated or do not publicly teach what we are teaching, therefore, at most they have only introductory information to provide, or as Paul of Tarsus taught, "Milk for babes."

For thirty years I sought God. But when I looked carefully I found that in reality God was the seeker and I the sought. -Bayazid al-Bastami

8 years ago
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#7077
As-Salaam Alaikum.

Wow, this is brilliant! This is more than enough, Almustafa! I thank you immensely for your time in recommending these books. It seems to me like a comprehensive enough guide to sufism. It pleases me greatly to know I have such confident help on this website. I appreciate it so much.

God-bless you and your efforts, Almustafa, and God-bless to all the other hard working instructors on here..

Much love and peace, Robin
8 years ago
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#7094
Your welcome. Also, see the Abdullah Yusuf Ali translation of Al-Qur'an into English with accompanying Arabic text. For online reference, you can use the second link referenced below.

I didn't mention a beautiful chapter from The Doomed Aryan Race by Samael Aun Weor, where the Master speaks about Mansur Al-Hallaj, the great Sufi Master and Muhammadan Christ, who achieved complete fana (annihilation) and baqa (subsistence) within Allah.
8 years ago
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#7100
I wish I could communicate to you my appreciation for this, Almustafa!

Much praise, and God-bless!
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