» » A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century: Shaikh Ahmad al-Alawi (Golden Palm)
eBook A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century: Shaikh Ahmad al-Alawi (Golden Palm) ePub

eBook A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century: Shaikh Ahmad al-Alawi (Golden Palm) ePub

by Martin Lings

  • ISBN: 0946621500
  • Category: Humanities
  • Subcategory: Other
  • Author: Martin Lings
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Islamic Texts Society; 3rd Revised ed. edition (December 1, 1993)
  • Pages: 242
  • ePub book: 1688 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1778 kb
  • Other: lit mbr lrf txt
  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 134


Similar books and articles. The Twentieth Century's Saint-Simon : Georges Gurvitch's Dialectical Sociology and the New Physics

Similar books and articles. A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century: Shaikh Aḥmad Al-'Alawī; His Spiritual Heritage and Legacy'. Martin Lings - 1973 - Religious Studies 9 (3):382-383. A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century: Shaikh Ahmad Al-‘Alawī; His Spiritual Heritage and Legacy. The Twentieth Century's Saint-Simon : Georges Gurvitch's Dialectical Sociology and the New Physics. Phillip Bosserman - 1995 - Sociological Theory 13 (1):48-57. Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century 1914-1991; The Long Twentieth Century. Simon Bromley - 1996 - Radical Philosophy 77. Suhrawardi and the School of Illumination.

From there, Lings moves us through the Sheikh's doctrine on the symbolism of the Arabic alphabet to the deep . It certainly is not the best book of Lings.

From there, Lings moves us through the Sheikh's doctrine on the symbolism of the Arabic alphabet to the deep rich meaning behind ritual purification and Islamic prayer (Salat) to doctrine around gnosis, the three worlds and the great peace. An outstanding picture of the Sufi path and one that Seyyed Hossein Nasr and others consider as essential reading in Sufism. This is a short chapter followed by more in depth discussion of Shaikh Al Alawi's views. As I said, highly recommended; worked pretty well for me.

According to the Journal of Near Eastern Studies, it is 'one of the most thorough and intimately engaging books on Sufism to be produced by a Western scholar'.

Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century: Shaikh . Goods and Services Tax (GST) may apply. Get it by Wed, 8 Jan - Mon, 20 Jan from NW10 7TR, United Kingdom. Brand new condition.

Goods and Services Tax (GST) may apply. Title: Sufi Saint Of The Twentieth Century. Catalogue Number: 9780946621507.

In this well documented book Dr Lings draws on many rare sources. and has made some important original contributions. These are followed by expositions of the Shaykh al-Alawi's teachings which are based on pure metaphysics and gnosis. Finally, Dr Martin Lings translates selections from Shaykh al-Alawi's aphorisms and mystical poetry.

sufi, sufism, shaikh, sheikh, saint, ahmed, ahmad, alawi. Title: A Sufi Saint Of The Twentieth Century: Shaikh Ahmad Al ' Alawi Author: Dr Martin Lings. Publisher: Suhail Academy Lahore.

Author : Lings, Martin. Publisher : The Islamic Texts Society. According to the Journal of Near Eastern Studies, it is 'one of the most thorough and intimately engaging books on Sufism to be produced by a Western scholar'.

To ask other readers questions about Sufi saint of the twentieth century, please sign .

Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century Shaikh Ahmad al-'Alawi by Martin Lings 9780946621507 (Paperback, 1993) Delivery UK delivery is within 3 to 5 working days. Read full description.

'Almost a prerequisite for any serious study of Sufism in European languages': this was the verdict of Seyyed Hossein Nasr in his review of the first edition of the book. According to the Journal of Near Eastern Studies, it is 'one of the most thorough and intimately engaging books on Sufism to be produced by a Western scholar'. Certainly there is nothing second-hand about it. The author lets Sufis speak for themselves and, in a series of unusual and absorbing texts mainly translated from Arabic, he gives a vivid picture of life in a North African Sufi order. Against this background stands the unforgettable figure of the Algerian Shaikh who was head of the order from 1909 until his death in 1934. The last few chapters are mainly devoted to his writings, which include some penetrating aphorisms, and which end with a small anthology of his remarkable mystic poems.


Lightwind Lightwind
Made purchase of 'Sufi Saint' by way of Thomas Merton's exceptional praise of the text which he read in the early 60''s.
The first chapter, "Seen From The Inside" is an account of a doctor who cared for the Shaikh when ill and remained
a disciple of sorts/ confidante for many years. The inspired beauty of the M.D.' account flows like a first-hand life
composed by a disiple of a Christian Saint. The writing in this opening chapter is exceptional for its power to convey
the holiness and truth of Al-Alawi. Going further along with succeeding chapters may either interest or put off the reader.
If the reader is interested in the minutia of Sufism, here's your treat. If not--like myself--just skip those chapters. Does the
general public know that the Sufi sect of Islam is under attack by mainstream Islam. Isis kill off Sufi like the Church
once burnt heretics at the stake.
Zeli Zeli
Enjoying the reading of this book.
Following intensive research, the purchase of this book has been a part of the process of building a library of Islamic literature, that relates particularly to seeking the path of excellence in spirituality, purification of the heart, ascetism, and an appreciation and understanding of the experiences of those who have followed this very path previously. The goal, God willing, in turn is to be inspired and motivated to seek success in a journey of personal development. Hence, this book is a piece of the puzzle of the big picture. I have been very pleased with this book.
Arcanefire Arcanefire
Vareyma Vareyma
A fine introduction to Sufism by Mr Martin Lings, one of the great writers on Islam and Sufism in recent years. The book is a biography of the Algerian Sheikh Ahmed al-Alawi the late grand Sheikh of the Alawiyye branch of the Shadhiliyye order one of the largets Sufi orders in Africa. The book begins with an introduction to Sufism for a doctor who has come to treat the Sheikh at his 'Zawiya' (Sufi meeting place)His impressions are unique in itself as a Frenchman and member of the colonialist class who in general looked upon the native Algerians and especially their religious leaders with contempt, although he does not enter the order he is left on reflection of his meeting with the Sheikh a profound feeling that he has truly been in the presence of a man of great spiritual light (describing him on first encounter as being similar to the traditional images of Christ)The book then gives a brief history of Sufism, the Alawiyye order and its founder Sheikh al-Alawi before chapter 2 goes on to explain the doctrine of the Sufi order. Chapter 3 is a translation of some of the Sheikhs works including his poetry.

For anyone who has read the works of Thomas Merton, His Holiness the Dalai Lama or has any interest in Islam or Sufism this book will certainly be welcome on their bookshelf, truly a book for those of a spiritual heart.
Cargahibe Cargahibe
A very clear and intimate introduction to a saintly personality, Martin Lings' A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century is an important work on Islamic mysticism. It recounts in clear fashion the life of a twentieth century Sufi Saint, Shaykh Ahmad al-`Alawi. In this book, Martin Lings made a figure, relatively unknown to scholarship outside the Islamic world, better known. More importantly however, as the author himself remarks, the purpose of the book "goes far beyond academic orientalism"(p. 9) so as to allow a general audience access to its subject matter and therefore can be read without any sort of background in Islam. As the author puts it, only one quality is presupposed in the reader, namely, "a sincere interest in the `things of the Spirit'" (p. 9).

The book intends to provide insight to the reader about the `character' and life of the Shaykh al-`Alawi, through both people who knew him as well as through the corpus of writings that he left behind him. The structure of the book is divided into three parts, each part not only telling of aspects of the Shaykh's life, but also shedding light on the deeper reality of those aspects that he lived and breathed. Thus the author begins the first part with a section entitled a `seen from the outside', which speaks of how the Shaykh was seen by people outside his `circle', particularly by his French physician Dr Marcel Carret. Lings then moves to a sectioned entitled `seen from within', wherein the Shaykh is viewed from within his circle, which includes his disciples as well as himself. What is interesting here is the movement made by the author from the outer to the inner, which is itself symbolic of the journey of the inner way that the Shaykh, as is made clear, very much lived. Part two expounds in brief fashion what the Lings calls "the Doctrine", of both the inner way in general and the Shaykh in particular through quotations and excerpts from his writings. Mention is made of the doctrine of `wahdat al-wujud' (Oneness of Being), which holds a most central place in the mystical tradition of Islam but also of all other orthodox mystical traditions. Alongside the doctrine of the `Oneness of Being', other aspects of the Shaykh's doctrine are mentioned such as, `The Three Worlds' the `hierarchies of Being', the `Great Peace' (the attainment of which is the goal of the inner way), in which important themes such as prophethood vs. sainthood are discussed. Regarding the latter, Lings says it was a problem which was solved once and for all by Ibn `Arabi when he wrote "The Messenger is more universal in virtue of his sainthood then he is in virtue of his apostle-prophethood" (p. 261). The third part then deals with some selections from the Shaykh's aphorisms and poetry, with important commentaries on the former by Lings himself, which provide valuable insight into his familiarity with the subject he is dealing.

The text, in addition to introducing the remarkable personality of the Shaykh al-`Alawi to the average person, sets out to correct certain misunderstandings of orientalist scholarship. Beginning with the second chapter entitled `The Origins of Sufism' certain problems arise that the author attempts to solve. Many works on Sufism, except for a number of noteworthy exceptions, that begin `from the outside'- precisely because they are from the `outside'- have failed to see the Islamic `origins' of Sufism, apparently because of the doctrines that the later generations of Muslims formed and developed. The answer to this problem lies in what a tenth century Sufi of Bukhara said, "Then (after the second generation of Islam) desire diminished and purpose flagged: and with this came the spate of questions and answers, books, and treatises" (p. 43). Moreover, as the author shows, most the Quranic verses and sayings of the Prophet, as well as the verses regarding all supererogatory rituals, prayers, and litanies - all of which occupy such a central place in Sufism - were among the earliest to be revealed, which is enough, for the author, to indicate that "a strong mystical element was present from the outset" (p. 40). The development that occurred did not introduce anything new nor change or modify the fundamentals of Sufism. Rather, it came about from, as Lings' puts it, the "inevitable movement from concentrated synthesis to differentiated analysis" (p. 43), which was an unavoidable movement that took place in varying disciplines and methods to address the "analogous change that was taking place in human souls" as they distanced from the Center (p. 43). Historically based as well as `qualitatively insightful' arguments are developed and adduced by the author to make this point.

Furthermore, the same must be said with the parts dealing with the doctrine of `wahdat al-wujud' and the path of gnosis being superior to, although embracing, the path of Love. For "it is Love within the general framework of Knowledge" (p. 46) as the author says. In this section a few words are also said by the author, mainly in his footnotes, about some of the misunderstandings of some orientalists about the `wahdat al-wujud' of the Sufis; dealing with its incorrect and often misleading translations - which themselves are the effect of an inaccurate understanding - of pantheism or `existentialist monism' and the like. Against the accusations of the Sufis as `falling into the pantheistic abyss' or even some of them as being `dualists'(p. 53) Martin Lings suggests that the point of view or better yet the `standpoint' of the Sufis should be considered; he says in his footnote, "The truth is that all the Sufis are `dualist' or `pluralist' at lower level; but it is impossible that any of them should have believed that at the highest level there is anything other than the Divine Oneness" (p. 126) and that explicit verses of the Quran like "Everything perisheth except His Face" (28:88) should be considered carefully. Unfortunately however, the general tendency has continued and misunderstanding still being entertained, namely, the accusation that scholars `from within' tend to read certain things, specifically certain doctrines, from the later periods into the former ones. Such charges though completely fall to the ground if it is understood that the `formulations' in question, intrinsic and essential meaning was very clear from the outset of Islam; one only has to take a look at a Quranic verse like, "He is the First and the Last and the Outwardly Manifest and Inwardly Hidden" (57:3) to pause and reflect about if they really understood the situation. New knowledge, in the Islamic tradition, can never be introduced due to the fact that the Quran contains all knowledge in `principal'; the findings of the later Muslims were, in a sense, a way of making explicit what were implicit in the Quran all along.

In brief, throughout the book, from the whole structure of its style, to the content of the chapters, to the language used to convey the content in such exquisite a manner, the entire `approach' to the book beginning with the fine introduction and ending with the beautiful poetry of the Shaykh, Martin Lings' `lived' participation in the Tradition that the Shaykh himself was apart of, resonates through the entirety of this book. It serves as an excellent and well written introduction to the life and thought of a twentieth century Sufi Saint and conveys to the reader with a `sincere interest' that the quest for the timeless Truth can still be made today as it was made in the `good old days gone by', a quest that the author himself undertook in his own life. As a good man once said, `it is a book about a Sage by a Sage'.
betelgeuze betelgeuze
Though I don't know much about such things as whether this book is good in comparison to others, I can give my personal opinion. The first half of the book is more or less a biography, which is both entertaining and inspirational for anyone who likes to read about people and their interesting side note is that they compare his greatness to that of Ramana Maharshi. In any case...the second half of the book is absolutly amazing, and anyone who is new to the language the sufis use to explain universal truths will say "wow" more than once while reading this book...I would read a page or two and it would be interesting, and then I would suddenly read something that shifted me, made me give thanks and put the book down. This book is not for those who see themself as the is for those who are thankful for being gifted even the slightest desire to want to know and be with God. You will find something useful here. Peace.