The Sublime Treasures : Answers to Sufi Questions – Imam Al-Haddad


This volume contains Imam Al-Haddad’s answers to letters he received posing questions on easily confusing and subtle Sufi matters, presented in Imam Haddad’s inimitable style of succinct clarity. Included are questions pertaining exclusively to Sufism, such as those concerning the Pole of Time and the Circle of Saints, the Afrad- who are the solitary saints said by some to be outside the jurisdiction of the Pole and in direct contact with al-Khidr, the definition of the siddiq, that of the majdhub, the states of extinction and subsistence, various technical points concerning the relationship between the master and the novice, Sufi courtesy with God and His saints, the worlds of Mulk, Malakut, Jabarut, and Lahut, which are the degrees of universal existence, and how to deal with obscure passages in the works of such esoteric writers as Ibn Arabi. There are also questions of a more general tenor, such as those concerning the degrees of the Garden and its gates, the merits of recitation of the Qur’an over awrad, the respective merits and courtesies of poverty and wealth, and of fame and obscurity.

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Answering questions from scholars and travelers on the Sufi path, this core statement of Sufi belief explains confusing and obscure points of devoted practice. The discussion covers the beliefs of the Pole of Time and the Circle of Saints, the states of extinction and subsistence, and technical points concerning the relationship between master and novice. There are also rulings on more practical questions. The book is also notable for a fascinating stylistic technique: the curt and pitiless dismissals of all questions not on the traveler’s path.


This is an absolutely amazing read by an expert in the Path who does not waste words on anything that is not immediate importance to the seeker and traveler... he brushes aside questions which have no relation to any practical action or outlook on the path, and seem to have only been asked for curiosity's sake, redirecting the questioner or giving a brief answer (though he could obviously elaborate) in order to give him focus and priority. This isn't a book overly full with the "secrets" of the Folk, but nevertheless some important mysteries and subtleties are given some degree of explanation..... i wish there was more and i started to feel sad and a pang of loss when i saw that i was coming to the last few pages. Highly recommended.
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The book has many candid discussions about subjects that many saints (wali Allah) usually do not talk about. It is a must have for an individual with interest in tassawuf. I found it very difficult to put the book down. 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.
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