It has been a long time coming! I have been asked regarding this list of books from many people and I have finally selected the ones I love! I have put them in order of which I think would be a good way to start. For individuals dwelling into spirituality to people who are familiar and want a boost!
I am not the best at explaining each book (see below 😂) However I do love reading and these are my top 15! If you have any questions on any of the titles or want further recommendations for other subjects other than the soul (there's a pattern here!) Drop me a message on firstname.lastname@example.org or DM @wwags on instagram!
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1. Journey to God
This book is a must have in every home. This was the book that made me fall in love with tassawuf (sufism) It has the most amazing and simple explanation and the rest of the book is filled with gems! This is Jasser Auda's reflections of the Hikam. I would advice to read this before delving into the Hikam by Ibn Ata'illah.
2. Agenda to change our Condition
3. The Lives of Man / The book of assistance
I wanted to actually recommend 'The book of assistance' by Imam al Haddad, which I didn't have on me at the time of taking the picture. But they are both important to read. The book of assistances title in itself is self explanatory.
4. The Essence of Sufism
Another easy introduction to Sufism
"Etiquette for the Seeker on the Path, has listed the most fundamental aspects for the seeker, intending the path of Sufism."
6. Muhammad, His Character and Beauty
The famous Shaykh Yusuf an nabahani almost reorganises Imam Tirmidhi's Shama'il and adds commentary. Everyone should read this. Why? To know and understand his beauty! You learn to Love someone by hearing about them and the way they look!
The famous writings of the seerah of our beloved by one of the greatest Shaykhs from Britain, Martin Lings. I have never read a seerah quite like it.
9. The refinement of Souls
"t is a concise manual consisting of spiritual instructions, aphorisms and private discourses with the Divine"
10. The degrees of the Soul - Abdal-Khaliq Al-Shabrawi
This book goes through the spiritual stations of the soul. translated by one of my favourites, Mustafa Badawi
11. Knowledge and Wisdom - Imam al Haddad
This is my current favourite go to. Each chapter is full of wisdom and very relevant to what we face in todays society of social media and general being.
12. Disciplining the soul - breaking the two desires - Imam al Ghazali
This one is quite deep and I would not recommend reading before bed... haha!
15. The Secret of Secrets - Shaykh Abd al Qadir al Jilani
"An interpretative translation by Shaykh Tosun Bayrak of 'Sirr al-Asrar' by Hadrat Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (1077-1166AD), considered by many to be one of the greatest saints of Islam and the eponymous founder of the Qadiriyya order. This book, appearing in English for the first time, contains the very essence of Sufism, giving a Sufi explanation of how the outward practices of Islam - prayer, fasting, almsgiving and pilgrimage - contain a wealth of inner dimension which must be discovered and enjoyed if external actions are to be performed in a manner pleasing to God. When this is achieved the soul finds true peace and the spiritual life becomes complete."
Next post should be my top recommended photography books!