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The Prophetic traditions address all aspects of man’s earthly life, as well as the spiritual life, the path to the world beyond impermanence. This is a collection of over 200 such traditions, drawn from the canonical collections of ḥadith and from other authoritative traditional sources.

This present work is the first in a European language to collect over two hundred of the most spiritual hadîth, drawn from canonical collections and other authorative traditional sources, published in both the original Arabic and in English to which illuminating commentaries, drawn from the writings of Sufis from Hasan al-Basrî, al-Ghazâlî, Junayd, and Shaykh al-‘Alawî and his spiritual progeny have been added.

The Prophet received the initiative power (walâyah) from God and transmitted it to certain Companions, especially ‘Alî ibn Abî Tâlib, and that reality resulted in the establishment and developmentof the Islamic esoteric tradition identified mostly with Sufism. The present collection of ahādīth, therefore, reveals a very important dimension of the Prophet’s being, one that is often neglected in modern studies of him not only by non-Muslim Westerners but also by even many Muslim biographers.
This collection also provides precious knowledge of many aspects of the Islamic esoteric tradition itself.
The author is to be congratulated for makin such a unique work of spiritual value available at a time when the dark clouds of hatred and suspicion of Islam cover much of the sky of Europe.
This work will surely be of great value both to those in search of authentic esoteric knowledge and to those who seek in all honesty a more complete picture of the inward as well as outward reality of the Prophet of Islam.

Seyyed Hossein Nasr, George Washington University

I was sent a copy of this book by computer in Madinah. I happened to be sick and unable to leave my room. I could not stop reading it. By the time I was finished, I was well again. It is a wonderful book, with beautiful insights into the spiritual secrets of our Beloved’s words.
Imam al-Haddâd said that the reason Imam al-Ghazâlî ended his life reading only the Quran and Hadith is that his station was so high and his state so elevated that by then only direct revelation could nourish his soul. This book is a feast with wonderful explanations ingredients of the soul nourishing Hadiths and their benefits to one’s spiritual health.

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Hanson, Zaytuna College, Berkeley, California

This most precious volume is unique in bringing together original Arabic ahadith, English translations and commentaries from traditional and spiritual luminaries of Islam till our days. This book will be an invaluable resource for teachers and scholars intent on illustrating the foundations of the Islamic cultivation of the soul and contemplative science of the heart in the Prophetic exemplar.
Patrick Laude, Professor, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Qatar

This is the best introduction to the nature of the Prophet for the spiritually sensitive Western reader. It is truly indispensable and necessary reading for any serious student of Islam, especially those interested in essential and decisive tassawuf, as its origins may be discerned in the nascent period of the Tradition. These works reveal the heart of Islamic spirituality, rooted in the nature of things, as Dîn al-Fitra, or Primordial Monotheism, as it existed prior to hundreds of years of the vicissitudes of history and theological opinions. This book is a splendid complement to mMatin Lings’ biography of the Prophet.
Barry MacDonald

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