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Book details
  • Genre:RELIGION
  • SubGenre:Islam / Sufi
  • Language:English
  • Pages:180
  • eBook ISBN:9780984962211

Grand Masters of Sufism, Abdul Qadir Geylani and Ahmed er Rifai (Annotated)

Secret of Secrets and Guidance to Mysticism

by Es-Seyyid Es-Shaykh Taner Ansari

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Overview
Grand Masters of Sufism brings together in one volume two paramount texts from two of the most influential shaykhs in the history of Sufism. Abdul Qadir Geylani's Secret of Secrets and Ahmed er Rifai's Guidance to Mysticism present key concepts of the Sufi path in profound detail, and can each stand alone as a work of unparalleled authority. Together they comprise a very veritable textbook for students of Sufism and all who would seek a deeper understanding of the mysteries of spiritual life. In the English translations of Secret of Secrets and Guidance to Mysticism, Shaykh Taner Ansari provided rich commentary that preserves the original text, while at the same time making it relevant to modern readers. As Pir of the Ansari Tariqa of Qadiri Rifai Sufi Tariqa, Shaykh Taner draws on the lineage of his venerable and beloved masters for a unique and authentic translation of these texts. The result of his endeavor is Grand Masters of Sufism, a book wrought in reverence and love.
Description
Grand Masters of Sufism brings together in one volume two paramount texts from two of the most influential shaykhs in the history of Sufism. Abdul Qadir Geylani and Ahmed er Rifai were cousins who lived contemporaneously. They separately embraced personal missions to teach tasawwuf, a method of spiritual purification that leads to the opening up of a direct line of communication with the Supreme Being, Allah. This process is known today in the western world as Sufism. Masters Geylani and Rifai founded tariqas, or schools, of tasawwuf that have borne their names since their inception in the 12th century C.E. They each wrote texts that captured the unique flavor of their respective tariqas. Abdul Qadir Geylani's Secret of Secrets and Ahmed er Rifai's Guidance to Mysticism present concepts of the Sufi path in profound detail, and can each stand alone as a work of unparalleled authority. Together they comprise a veritable textbook for students of Sufism and all who would seek a deeper understanding of the mysteries of spiritual life. While Abdul Qadir Geylani's Secret of Secrets has been widely disseminated, the present translation is remarkable in that it combines the interpretation of ancient spiritual concepts in terms of modern English usage with the use of key words in transliterated Arabic. These key terms, translated once in each chapter, have no simple English equivalents. The translator's intention is to encourage the understanding of these terms and the concepts they represent as the text is being read. A careful reading of the text in simple English with a sprinkling of these key terms will broaden the modern reader's understanding of ancient spiritual concepts and practices, thus adapted to a twenty-first century mindset. Ahmed er Rifai's Guidance to Mysticism has never before been translated into the English language. This ground-breaking translation uses the same technique described above, with important additions. It was first disseminated over the Internet with the translator, Shaykh Taner Ansari, during his weekly talks with students. During these talks, Shaykh Taner gave explanation of the text by way of commentary and answers to questions from the students. These commentaries and some of the dialogue from these sessions have been incorporated into the chapters of the book, the result being an excellent study guide for those who are interested in a deep understanding of Sufism from the point of view of this great Sufi master and the tariqa that bears his name. Contextual understanding of terminology and some personages mentioned in the volume is enhanced by historical data found in the biographies of the two authors and in occasional footnotes throughout the volume. As Pir of the Ansari Tariqa of Qadiri Rifai Sufi Tariqa, Shaykh Taner is uniquely poised to bring his interpretation of these two works to the modern readership. His Sufi training in the traditions of both Abdul Qadir Geylani and Ahmed er Rifai under the auspices of the tariqa that combines both teachings and methodologies lends him a singular authority in this regard. Shaykh Taner's deep spiritual connection to these Sufi masters comes through the unbroken lineage of shaykhs, from the two masters to his own Shaykh Muhyiddin Ansari, who charged him with the task of bringing these books in fresh and true translation to the modern spiritual seeker. The result of his endeavor is Grand Masters of Sufism, a book wrought in reverence and love.
About the author
Es-Seyyid Es-Shaykh Taner Mustafa Ansari Tarsusi er Rifai el Qadiri was born in Tarsus, Turkey, to a devout Muslim family of Seyyids (descendants of Prophet Muhammad). He completed his university studies in Michigan, where he helped found the Muslim Students Association of the United States and Canada. He was initiated into the Qadiri Rifai Tariqa in Istanbul under Es-Seyyid Es-Shaykh Muhyiddin Ansari, from whom he received his license to teach Sufism. His spiritual lineage also includes the Naqshbandi, Mevlevi, and Bektashi orders. Under his Shaykh’s orders, Shaykh Taner founded a new order of the Ansari Tariqa of the Qadiri Rifai Tariqa. Shaykh Taner and his wife Es-Sharifa Es-Shaykha Muzeyyen Ansari travel to and have established centers of the order in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, Tanzania, Mauritius, Germany, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Shaykh Taner teaches Sufism and the Holy Quran and gives weekly talks internationally through live classes on the Internet. He also holds regular lectures and congregational zikr. He has spoken about Islam and Sufism, alternative healing, and sustainable living in radio interviews, at churches, synagogues, schools and universities, among them Harvard University, Humboldt State University, Napa Valley College, Boston University and has given several presentations at the Annual Sufism Symposium. Shaykh Taner is also a healer. Along with his wife Shaykha Muzeyyen Ansari, he has presented healing workshops worldwide for healers and health professionals and anyone else interested in the healing arts. He is the author of several books in print and e-books. • His book on Sufism, The Sun Will Rise in the West: The Holy Trail (Ansari Publications, October 2000 explains in clear, concise language the mysteries of the Sufi path. • His book What About My Wood: 101 Sufi Stories (Ansari Publications 2003) is a collection of Sufi teaching stories, many of which are based on real life experiences of his students and former shaykhs. • His latest book, Grand Masters of Sufism (Ansari Publications 2008, e-book 2013) contains his translations of Abdul Qadir Geylani’s Secret of Secrets and Ahmed er Rifai’s Guidance to Mysticism. • His Alternative Healing: The Sufi Way (Ansari Publications 2007, revised second edition 2012, e-book of second edition 2012) has remedies and health tips for those interested in spiritual healing. • His commitment to the environment and self-sustainability resulted in a book he compiled titled Surviving 2012 & Beyond: A Must Have Survival Book (Ansari Publications 2010). • He is currently translating the Holy Quran into modern English from the Sufi perspective. The first sura to be published as a booklet in 2013 is Ya Sin. Shaykh Taner is presently engaged in the building of the main center of the Tariqa in upstate New York. Plans are for the center to be an environmentally friendly model of sustainability. He and his family reside at the main center in upstate New York.
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