Tuesday, December 25, 2007

The Legacy: A Spiritual Journey to God

Author: Muhammad Allie Khalfe

ISBN: 978-0-620-39446-8

Buy this book: contact Muhammad Allie Khalfe at alliekhalfe@gmail.com

Review: Shaykh Binyameen Toufie

Muhammad (Peace be upon him) has passed on to the next world, but his teachings are with us and that will never diminish. One of the reasons is because Allah (Most Gracious, Most Merciful) has preferred certain noble men and women from amongst his slaves and inspired and honored them with the gift of preserving the legacy sent down to Muhammad (Peace be upon him). The true guides for the road are the learned and they are called 'The heirs of the Prophets'. The science of the various subjects in Islam has been preserved from human being to human being, resulting in a master piece, a legacy and a gift to mankind from the King Himself, Allah. Our duty is to follow and understand how the previous generations and scholars understood the sayings and teachings of Muhammad (Peace be upon him). These scholars have strong chain links leading up to the Prophet himself. It must be understood that Allah (Most Gracious, Most Merciful) guided them in different ways. Some were masters in Fiqh (Jurisprudence) while others were masters in Tasawwuf (purification of the heart). They would humble themselves and learn from each other. Those who mastered Fiqh would learn Tasawwuf from those who excelled in it, and vice versa. According to Imam Malik, the one who occupies himself in jurisprudence and neglects the purification of the heart ends up hard-hearted. This book bursts with words of wisdom and jewels from our pious predecessors, those whom Allah (Most Gracious, Most Merciful) chose to preserve a legacy.

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