The Book of Assistance

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Imam Abdallah Ibn-Alawi Al-Haddad
Fons Vitae
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EAN 13 / ISBN:

Product Overview

There are many books in English which present Sufi doctrine, but few which can be used as practical travel guides along the Path. Originally written in Classical Arabic, the aptly-named Book of Assistance is today in widespread use among Sufi teachers in Arabia, Indonesia and East Africa. Presented here in the readable translation of Dr. Badawi, this manual of devotions, prayers and practical ethics will be invaluable to all who love the Prophet and the Sufi way.

About Author:

Imam Abd Allah ibn Alawi al-Haddad was born in 1634 CE (1044 Hijri). He lived his entire life in the town of Tarim in Yemen’s Valley of Hadramawt and died there in 1720 CE (1132 Hijri). In Islamic history, he was considered one of the great Sufi sages. He was an adherent to the Ashari Sunni Creed of Faith (Aqeedah), while in Islamic jurisprudence (Fiqh), he was a Shafi'i.

He lived at Tarim in the Hadramaut valley between Yemen and Oman, and is widely held to have been the ‘renewer’ of the twelfth Islamic century. A direct descendant of the Prophet, his sanctity and direct experience of God are clearly reflected in his writings, which include several books, a collection of Sufi letters, and a volume of mystical poetry. He spent most of his life in Kenya and Saudi Arabia where he taught Islamic jurisprudence and classical Sufism according to the order (tariqa) of the Ba'Alawi sayids.

In spite of being a major source of reference among the Sunni Muslims (especially among Sufis), only recently have his books began to receive attention and publication in the English-speaking world. Their appeal lies in the concise way in which the essential pillars of Islamic belief, practice, and spirituality have been streamlined and explained efficiently enough for the modern reader. Examples of such works are The Book of Assistance, The Lives of Man, and Knowledge and Wisdom.


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  • 5
    Very necessary book. Maa'shaa'Allah

    Posted by Sumayyah on Sep 24th 2020

    Alhamdulillah. I am pleased with this book and the once again great book selection fr mmacbooks. I had this book previously from another company and by far this one is best because the font size is so much easier to read. Not all jumbled up. These things are important when reading a book also on top of the information found in the book. Alhamdulillah Maa'shaa'Allah

  • 5
    Must have in your library

    Posted by Wali on Aug 15th 2020

    The book of assistance is a classical manual on how to travel the path to Allah. This book never gets old and is a great gift for family friends and fellow seekers.