Naqshbandiya Foundation for Islamic Education

The Naqshbandiya Foundation for Islamic Education (NFIE) is a non-profit, tax exempt, religious and educational organization dedicated to serve Islam with a special focus on Tasawwuf(Sufism),

Sunday, June 13, 2021

The Pivotal Role of Love in Sufism : William Chittick 

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Love in Islamic Thought : William Chittick* Stony Brook University 

 Abstract : Love occupied the attention of numerous Muslim scholars from early times. Taking inspiration from the Qur’an, the Hadith, pre-Islamic poetry, and the Hellenistic legacy, they explained love’s nature in order to bring out the existential import of Islam’s fundamental teaching, the assertion of divine unity (tawh. īd). The 5th–6th/11th–12th centuries witnessed an upsurge in the literature of love, especially in Persian. Theoreticians and poets explained it as the energizing power that brings all things into existence and drives everything to its final goal. They held that God created human beings precisely because of His beginningless love for them, and that people are innately endowed with love because they were created in His image. The varieties of human love were taken as metaphors (majāz) for love’s reality (h.aqīqa), which is God’s love for beauty. Authors of such works directed their efforts not at instructing people in right conduct, which is the role of the jurists, nor at clarifying right belief, which is the job of the Kalam experts, but at helping them recognize that all pain and suffering are signs of separation from the One Beloved, and that the only truly human goal is to surrender to love’s demands.signs of separation from the One Beloved, and that the only truly human goal is to surrender to love’s demands.

Excerpt: "Two Qur’anic words are typically translated as love, h.ubb and wudd, the first of which became the standard term in later discussions. From the second is derived the Qur’anic divine name, al-wadūd, the Loving. The most important related divine attribute is, mercy or compassion, a motherly quality that belies the patriarchal image of God put forth by jurists and dialectical theologians. The word rah.mais derived from the word, ‘womb,’a point that leads to subtle meditations on divine creativity (Murata, 1992, pp. 203–22). The Qur’an makes mercy a fundamental attribute of God, as in the verse, ‘Call upon God, or call upon the All-Merciful; whichever you call upon, to Him belong the most beautiful names’ (17:110). God makes His motherly mercy more fundamental than His patriarchal face in the famous h.adīth qudsī, ‘My mercy takes precedence over My wrath.’ The Prophet said that God is more merciful to His servant than any mother to her child, and those who quote this saying typically have in mind the universal meaning of the word servant, as in the Qur’anic verse, ‘There is nothing in the heavens and the earth that does not come to the All-Merciful as a servant’ (19:93). The Qur’an confirms this interpretation when it says that God’s mercy ‘embraces everything’ (7:156), which is to say that His motherly love extends to all that exists."

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The Divine Roots of Human Love: William Chittick

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"Ibn al-‘Arabi begins his long chapter on love (mahabba) in the Futûhât al-Makkiyya – as he begins most of the book’s 560 chapters – by citing relevant Qur’anic verses and prophetic sayings (II 322.16).[1] He points out first that love is a divine attribute, and he lists several of the Qur’anic verses in which God is the subject of the verb ‘to love’. Fourteen of these verses mention those whom God loves and another twenty-three mention those whom God does not love. In every case, the objects of God’s love or lack of love are human beings. Indeed, the Qur’an associates love only with human beings among all creatures. Hence love is a key term if we are to understand what differentiates human beings from other created things. Most other divine attributes – such as life, knowledge, desire, power, speech, generosity, justice, mercy, and wrath – have no necessary connection with the human race."

The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi- William Chittick

This is the most accessible work in English on the greatest mystical poet of Islam, providing a survey of the basic Sufi and Islamic doctrines concerning God and the world, the role of man in the cosmos, the need for religion, man's ultimate becoming, the states and stations of the mystical ascent to God, and the means whereby literature employs symbols to express "unseen" realities. William Chittick translates into English for the first time certain aspects of Rumi's work. He selects and rearranges Rumi's poetry and prose in order to leave aside unnecessary complications characteristic of other English translations and to present Rumi's ideas in an orderly fashion, yet in his own words. Thorough, nontechnical introductions to each chapter, and selections that gradually present a greater variety of terms and images, make this work easily accessible to those interested in the spirituality of any tradition.
"I consider this work to be of great importance in the field of Islamics in particular and of the humanities in general. It is superbly conceived and guides the reader through the theory, practice, and mystical realization of Rumi's thinking...I can think of no better way for a Westerner, and nowadays for a Westernized Muslim, to get to know the deeper aspects of the Islamic faith than through a work such as this. As far as I am aware of, it is the first work of its kind, providing the reader with a complete exposition of Rumi's fundamental notions through Rumi's own words. No one else has done this with the thoroughness and meticulousness shown by Chittick." -- Victor Danner, Indiana University.


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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

 The Shaping shaikh: An Ethnographic Inquiry into the Role of the Shaikh in the Adaptation of Sufism in Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina - Dejan Azdajic -PhD Thesis, Middlesex University,London,UK

Abstract: This thesis is an ethnographic investigation of living Naqshbandi Sufi practitioners in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Its epistemology presumes that a nuanced understanding of Islam that recognises complex realities and contradictory perspectives requires an examination of its embodied form. As a result, this research project engaged in a localised analysis of Sufi Muslims by evaluating experiences and practices from their point of view. Following this strategy, two specific communities led by different Shaikhs were identified. Although each Shaikh claimed a shared Naqshbandi origin and was located in a similar traditional, cultural, linguistic and historic milieu, there were considerable manifest dissimilarities ranging from theology, ritual practices and levels of social involvement. In light of the historic evolution of the Shaikh’s institutionally established authority in Sufism, this empirical contrast suggested that universal norms, theoretical constructs and traditional principles within a common Bosnian Naqshbandi framework were ultimately subservient to the Shaikh. This thesis argues that while operating within doctrinal continuity and a broadly defined, normative framework, each Shaikh remained free to engender legitimate adaptations that shaped the contours of religious belief and contextualised its application within a contemporary setting. Ultimately, his agency accounted for the notable diversity encountered in the field. The present study thereby underlines the inherent malleability of Sufism and advances the recognition of the Shaikh’s cardinal importance. Primarily it adds to empirical studies of Islam through an ethnographic approach that focuses on the role of the Shaikh in Sufism in general and the Naqshbandi in particular.

"2.5.1. The Naqshbandi Order in Bosnia Among Sufi Orders in Bosnia today, the Naqshbandi Order is the most numerous, influential and known as the traditional “guardian of conventional Islam in Bosnia” (Abiva 2005: 195).40 It has adapted to the mentality of the people who live in this region, influencing socio-political and cultural currents of the inhabitants of Bosnia (Hadžimejlić 2016: 30; Henig 2011: 225). The Naqshbandi have been approved by the IC and given authority to decide what “genuine Sufi teaching” should be for Bosnian Muslims (Henig 2012: 758). During Sufi events officially sponsored by the IC, such as the aforementioned Ajvatovica pilgrimage, the predominant place is given to Naqshbandis (Henig 2014: 146 – 147). The acceptance of Naqshbandi by the leadership has a historic precedent, where the first state-sponsored Sufis in Bosnia were almost exclusively the Naqshbandi who were often close to the religious and political authorities (Kukavica 2012: 367). Part of the reason for this affinity is the Naqshbandi strict moral code, adherence to orthodox views, Shariʿah observance and their intentional engagement to bring society closer to religion. These factors have helped in promoting the Naqshbandi and have authorized them to represent Bosnian Sufi norms (Le Gall 2005: 67 – 69; Ćehajić 2000: 300 – 306). Furthermore, membership is comprised from all layers of society, with a significant portion of highly educated and influential people (Ibranović 2007: 45 – 46). "

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Friday, June 4, 2021

 Loving the Beloved (saws) - Al-Maqasid Weekly Mawlid

YouTube Link Thursday June 3, 2021 -

This weekly program includes a recitation of the prophetic biography in poetry form followed by a counsel intended to connect the listener to the Prophet ﷺ and his teachings. The more we know about his life, character, and way, the more we will come to love and follow the one beloved to Allah.

PDF for following along can be downloaded from URL PROGRAM reoccurs each Thursday at 7 PM Eastern Find out more information about Al-Maqasid at

Yearning for the Beloved (saws) PDF: file:///Users/User/Downloads/yearning.Pdf


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Shaykh Yahya Rhodus is the Founding Director of Al-Maqasid, an Islamic seminary whose vision is to facilitate the realization of Islam, Iman and Ihsan through immersion in the Prophetic Inheritance. The concept of Al-Maqasid emerged from his own journey which began at the traditional school of Murabit al-Hajj in the desert of Mauritania shortly after his conversion. His path of learning then led him to the acclaimed school Dar al-Mustafa in Tarim, where he received instruction from the renowned scholar and spiritual guide Habib Umar Bin Hafiz. After graduating from Dar al-Mustafa and returning to the United States, he studied in a number of academic institutions, culminating in a PhD in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge, England.

Shaykh Yahya believes in the necessity of building sound educational institutions that effectively nurture the realities of Islam in the lives of believers so that they can reach their full potential as human beings. He has dedicated his life to teaching and helping others put their knowledge into practice in order to benefit themselves and humanity. In the spirit of what he has learned from his teachers, Shaykh Yahya is committed to a holistic approach to religious life that considers the various dimensions of health and is embedded in love, mercy, knowledge, purity of heart, remembrance of God, good companionship, and concern for all of creation.

He hopes his work through Al-Maqasid will help transfer the beautiful religious heritage of Islam to the upcoming generations.




Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ustadh Amjad obtained his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Michigan in English Literature and Islamic Studies. He then spent an intensive year studying at Dar al-Mustafa for Islamic Sciences in Tarim, Yemen. There he studied under such luminaries as Habib Umar bin Hafiz, Habib Ali Abu Bakr, Habib Muhammad al-‘Aydarus, Sayyid Salim Bin Hafiz, Sh. Munir Ba-Zhayr, and others. Following his studies in Tarim, he enrolled at Hartford Seminary’s Islamic Chaplaincy program where he completed his Master of Arts in June of 2012. He then served as Muslim Chaplain at the University of Toronto for seven years before joining the faculty at Al-Maqasid in June 2019.

He is the host of SoulFood FM, a podcast about practical ways of achieving spiritual refinement. Additionally, he has translated Sufism: Its Essence & the Traits of Its People, Sacred Knowledge: Aims & Objectives, and The Islamic Discourse: Its Current State & Future Development, all of which were authored by al-Habib ‘Umar Bin Hafiz.




Ustadh Hasan was born and raised north of the border in Montreal, Canada. His pursuit of sacred Islamic knowledge has taken him to two continents to sit at the feet of those who still carry unbroken chains of sacred learning. During his stay in South Africa, Ustadh Hasan focused primarily on Quranic Studies. He subsequently moved to Tarim, Yemen, to study at Dar al-Mustafa. During his time there, he was able to study various  Islamic sciences, benefiting directly from Habib Umar bin Hafiz, Habib Muhammad bin Abdullah al-Aydarus, Habib Hashim bin Aqil, Shaykh Umar bin Husayn al-Khatib, and others. 

He returned from Tarim in 2015 to become a faculty member at Al-Maqasid, where he leads the Classical Arabic Program.




Sayyid Abdal Fattah Ba Alawi was born in Mogadishu, Somalia. His ancestors hail from Tarim, in the Hadramawt Valley of Yemen. He began memorizing the Quran with his mother at the age of five, committing two-thirds to memory before completing his memorization with Shaykh Abd al-Qadir at the Madrasa of Shaykh Ali Sufi. He subsequently relocated to the land of his ancestors in Tarim, where, for a number of years, he continued his studies at Dar al-Mustafa. 

As part of his specialization in Quranic Studies, Sayyid Abdal Fattah has numerous formal authorizations (Ijaza) in different modes of Quranic recitation. He has taught the Quran in many places during his stay in Yemen and the United States. He serves as the Resident Imam at Al-Maqasid.

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Ustadh Omar Popal was born and raised in northern Virginia. He began studying the Islamic sciences at the age of 16, devoting himself to memorization of the Quran at Madrasah In‘aamiyyah in Durban, South Africa. His pursuit of knowledge led him to study at Madinatul Uloom in Virginia and Dar al-Qasim in Chicago. In a commitment to lifelong learning, he has continued his studies sitting at the feet of various scholars, most recently spending time in Istanbul for intensive studies.

Ustadh Omar’s formative studies took place at Dar al-Mustafa in Tarim, Yemen.

Ustadh Omar has taught Arabic and Islamic studies at several mosques and institutes in northern Virginia. In 2018, he founded Tanwir Institute, with the mission of serving the educational and spiritual needs of the large Muslim population in the DC metropolitan area. He teaches Arabic and Islamic studies at Al-Maqasid. advanced students online.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Memory, Performance and Poetic Peace Making in Qawwali - Qamar ul Huda

"How will I ever be thankful for this blessing?

The blessing that was bestowed on me by the Prophet,

How will I ever be thankful for this blessing?

I prostrated in his eminent presence,

How will I ever be thankful for this blessing?

No one ever heard of me before, no one knew of my existence

Before my love for the Prophet, I was nothing at all

How will I ever be thankful for this blessing?

— from Is Karam ka Karon Shukar Kaise, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

This article analyzes Qawwali poetry and performances in Sufi religious

settings, and especially how the singing of Qawwali music praising the

Prophet Muhammad builds upon memory and peacemaking practices.

The first Qawwali performance is by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan at the Data Ganj

Bakhsh’s “urs in Lahore; the second is a Milad an-Nabi celebration, the

birthday of the Prophet, performed by the Sabri Brothers in Multan; and, the

third venue is a private home in Karachi on Shab-e Mi”raj, the Night of the

Ascension, performed by Munshi Raziuddin. An analysis of particular Qawwali

genre praising Muhammad reveals the ways in which the music serves as a

poetic text to past memories of the individual and, more importantly, how the

present community remembers the Prophet. Qawwali music is a conduit for

the community of Sufi listeners to reconnect to the sacred time while at the

same time creating space for themselves in the past and in the present.

Qawwali songs dedicated to the Prophet Muhammad move beyond the written

biographical texts because the songs are sung by a party of singers praising his

life, achievements, supreme standing as a messenger, pietistic legacy, his

graceful relationship with God and his followers, and his incomparable model

for being God-conscious. The songs reflect a yearning to meet him, or, more accurately, to prepare for his presence to appear to the mahfil sama” or the

sacred arena of musical devotion. There are numerous themes in these songs

praising the Prophet; one overarching theme is the Prophet’s dedication to

teaching others to find peace, to living peacefully with oneself and with others,

and to end human suffering."

"The following Qawwali naat was sung by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan at the

“Urs of Data Ganj Baksh. YouTube Link:

Oh Last Prophet

Oh last Prophet from Mecca and Medini33

There is none like you

There is none like you

There is no throne in the world like yours, you are the one

You are the bright light of this group

Oh last Prophet

There is none like you34

In a time of giving forgiveness to all

There is no comparison to the level of your forgiveness35

Oh Prophet of God, your sacrifices are remembered and there are like


There is no one who is like you

Oh last Prophet

There is none like you

In this world and in the next world your blessings are requested

In both worlds you are the designated Friend of God and King37

Sayyid Mecca and Medini38

Oh last Prophet, Oh Beloved of God

There is none like you

There is none like you

Your face reflects the holy Qur’an, the holy Qur’an is from your


Oh Sayyid of the world, you are the singer of all compassion

There is none like you

No other Prophet was ever born with your beauty

Greetings to you Sayyid Mecca, Medini from Arabia

All Folks take your name in grace

And no one in your community is without you Prophet39

There is none like you

Oh Beloved of God, there is none like you

There is none like you

You are the embodied light and only you are the beloved of God

God created you with eminent and all divine qualities, yours is none to others

From the earliest Prophet Adam to Jesus, oh Prophet there is none like you40

If my eyes were given but one generous encounter

On the day of resurrection it will be our blessings to have such an


If my eyes were given but one generous encounter

If these eyes were showered with your blessings then my entire being

would contain your visions;

Oh Quraishi, Laqbhi, Hashimi and Mutalbi41

If my eyes were given but one generous encounter

There is none like you

There is none like you

If my eyes were given but one generous encounter

Oh healer on the day of Resurrection42,

you are the only granter of marvelous love

There is none like you Prophet

Oh Sir, this is your remarkable glory!

This is your exceptional glory oh Prophet that you reached the steps of


This remarkable glory was seen in your heavenly ascension43

There is none like you oh Prophet, Mecca and Medini

There is none like you!

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

 The History of Sufism in Multan: New Data feom Urdu Tadhkirah Tradition- Muhammad Tauseef , Alexander Papas - Islamic Studies , 2019

Abstract: “The medieval history of Sufism in Multan is relatively well known. A figure such as the famous Suhrawardi Shaykh Baha’ al- Dn Zakariyya from the thirteenth century embodies this prestigious period. Our article shows that the Sufi brotherhoods have continued to flourish until today, far beyond what traditional historiography describes. Using unexplored sources mostly modern Urdu hagiographies devoted tot he sacred history of Multan—we reconstruct the biography and the bibliography of many Sufi shaykhs as well as the lineages, especially Qadiri and Chishti, from which they come; we identify several mausoleums and lodges across the city; eventually, we reveal the existence of marginal mystics who marked the religious memory of this heritage city of the Pakistani Punjab”

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Friday, May 21, 2021

Why Did the British Scientist, Arthur J. Ellison, Revert to Islam?

Why Did the British Scientist, Arthur J. Ellison, Revert to Islam?

The “First International Conference on the Medical Inimitability of the Qur’an” is being held. A select of scientists, mostly from the West, are presenting papers, each in his own field, confirming that inimitability.

One more scientist from the UK; Arthur J. Ellison is submitting a study related to one verse in which a reference to the existence of states of consciousness during sleep is indicated.

The verse reads:

Allah takes the souls at the time of their death, and those that do not die [He takes] during their sleep. Then He keeps those for which He has decreed death and releases the others for a specified term. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought. (Az-Zumar 39:42)

Arthur J. Ellison, the parapsychologist and the electricity professor at the City University in London, is mesmerized by his findings as well as those of the other participants.

At the end of the closing session, Arthur J. Ellison, to the surprise of everyone; declares his reversion to Islam.

Here’s the complete story told by Arthur ‘Abdullah’ Ellison himself in this treasured interview shown only once some 33 years ago.

British Scientist Announcing Shahadah! Lost Interview with Arthur J. Ellison is Finally Here! Al Farouq Channel 3/25/2019 - Believed to be lost forever, the only appearance on tape of

The recording has been found sitting, under piles of dust, on a shelf in one Egyptian production company's warehouse. Producer Wagdy Al-Shennwy, a long life friend of mine, has been quite helpful at looking hard upon my request. He said that the show was acquired by his company, as well as hundreds of other property, from a defunct production house back in the early 90s. As it turned out that taping Ellison took place in late September 1985 in Cairo after participating in a Conference on Medical Scientific Signs in the Qur'an (Sep. 23 - 26). The event hosted papers presented by MD scientists from East and West. World renowned Embryologist Keith L. Moore was on top of the roster.
Arthur J. Ellison participated a remarkable paper presenting his findings about the 3 human states of consciousness in relation to his understanding of one Qur'anic verse.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad - The Khilafa of Sayyidina Ali - The Mortal Choice

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad - The Khilafa of Sayyidina Ali - The Mortal Choice 

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Sayyidina Ali ibn Abi Talib was the fourth Khalifa of Islam. He had the distinction of being both the son-in-law and the cousin of the Holy Prophet, upon him be peace. He is, with Fatima, the ancestor of the Ahl al-Bayt, the People of the Prophetic House. He was characterised by martial skill, by inward depth, and by an immense erudition in religious knowledge. Of him, Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal said: 'Khilafa was not an ornament for him, he was an ornament for khilafa.'

JEWELS OF THE AHLUL BAYT VOL 1 : THE VIRTUES OF ALI IBN ABI TALIB (RA) - Luqman al-Andulusi -  This is the first Volume in a series of three in relation to the family of the Messenger of Allah (PBUH). The books encompass as much sound knowledge as possible on the lives of these great figures. The Series in itself is called the Jewels of the Ahlul Bayt. This first Volume will speak more specifically in regard to the Virtues of Amir al-Muminin 'Ali ibn Abi Talib. The sections go through a chronological journey through the life of Ali ibn Abi Talib. They explain how our master entered Islam through the blessed hands of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), his belief system, his life in Mecca, the Hijrah to the city of Madinah al-Munawarrah, his blessed marriage to Sayyidah Fatima az-Zahra, the births of Imams Hasan and Husayn, his glory in battle, the influence of his knowledge among the Companions of the Prophet, his journey to Allah through his recitation of the Quran and his love of it.All being teachings strictly supervised under the guidance of the Messenger of Allah. May we learn from the blessed life of Ali ibn Abi Talib and his family. Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon the Messenger of Allah, all of his family and companions. Amin. 

JEWELS OF THE AHLUL BAYT VOL 2 -The Life and Marriage of Fatimah al-Zahrah - Luqman Al-Andulusi -  The life and virtues of Fatimah al-Zahrah and her beloved family has been a source of inspiration, guidance and succour for countless Muslims throughout the history of Islam. Therefore, with the intention of pleasing Allah, this book hopes to delve into the marriage and personal life of Sayyidinah Fatimah and her beloved husband Sayyidina Ali ibn Abi Talib, in order that we too may benefit from their radiant examples. The examples set by them and the lessons gained from their lives are meant not only to be read, but also to be implemented within our lives. By studying their marriage we hope for an improvement in our moral character, our knowledge and wisdom and we hope that this will allow us to also live amongst our family with respect and honour. The noblest among the family are the women, for Allah created them to be merciful and women are connected to the Divine Names al-Rahman and al-Rahim. The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, commands us to be kind to our wives and women in general, for they are our mothers, our wives, our daughters and our sisters, and must be honored. So in deference to that love and the command of the Prophet, we board the ship of the Ahl al-Bayt to learn about the blessed lives of Fatimah and Ali. And with Allah is all success.

Forty hadiths about the virtue of the Ahl Al-Bayt/The family of the Prophet (may Allah bestow peace and blessings upon him) with an additional section on the wives of the Prophet (may Allah bestow peace and blessings be upon him) Compiled by Sheikh Yusuf Al-Nabahani (may Allah show him mercy) Translation by Arfan Shah Al-Bukhari

The Perfect Family: Virtues of the Ahl al-Bayt : By Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti & Imam Nisa'i Translated by Khalid Williams.

This is the much awaited work on the virtues and excellences (fadail) of the Prophetic Household, the Ahl Al-Bayt. Selections were made from the writings of only the best and most widely respected of hadith scholars, they are: Imam Bukhari, Imam Muslim, Imam Nasa'i, Ibn Shahin, Imam Nawawi, Hafidh Ibn Kathir, Imam Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani and Imam al-Suyuti. The book includes an outstanding Foreword by Dr Mostafa al-Badawi about the importance of the Ahl al-Bayt. A monumental collection of works from the leading traditional Sunni hadith scholars on the virtues and distinctions of the Ahl al-Bayt ; The Blessed & Pure Household, may Allah bless them and grant them peace, of the Prophet, may Allah shower His Mercy upon him and give him peace. Imam al-Suyuti's Ihya al-Mayt bi-Fada'il Ahl al-Bayt 'Reviving the Dead: the Virtues of the Prophetic Household,' Ibn Shahin's Fada'il Fatima, Imam al-Suyuti's The Radiant Smile - On the Virtues of Our Lady Fatima, Imam an-Nasa'is Khasa'is Imam 'Ali : 'The Unique Distinctions of 'Ali,' The Chapters on Fada'il and Manaqib of Ahl al-Bayt from Sahih al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim with the commentaries of Imam al-Nawawi and Ibn Hajar al-'Asqalani. The book is split into Six parts : Part One includes a Foreword by Dr Mostafa al-Badawi, looks briefly at the different sectarian attitudes towards the Prophetic Household, it also defines certain key terms using the classical Arabic dictionary Lisan al-Arab. This is followed by a look at the mention of the Ahl al-Bayt in Qur'an and also focuses on the famous hadith of the Cloak Hadith Ahl al-Kisa. The section concludes by looking at the Sahaba making tawassul through the Ahl al-Bayt. Part Two starts by giving a brief biography of the hadith scholars whose works have been used in this book and also includes Imam al-Suyuti s first risala Reviving the Dead: The Virtues of the Prophetic Household. The concluding section of this part looks at the chapter on the relatives of the Prophet from Sahih al-Bukhari with the commentary of Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani, some poetry about the Ahl al-Bayt by Imam al-Shafi Part Three is dedicated to the virtues of the Prophet s daughter the Lady Fatima and includes the translations of two risala s the first by Imam al-Suyuti and the second by Ibn Shahin. Further the chapters are taken from the Sahihs of Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim with their respective commentaries. Part Four looks at the virtues of 'Ali ibn Abi Talib starts with a brief biography and includes the complete translation of Imam al-Nasai s The Unique Distinctions of Imam Ali ( Khasa is Imam Ali ). Further the chapters are taken from the Sahihs of Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim with their respective commentaries. Part Five is dedicated to Imams Hasan and Husayn taking the chapters from the Sahihs of Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim with their respective commentaries. Part Six looks at the virtues of the awaited Imam al-Mahdi, who be from the Ahl al-Bayt and will fill the world with justice and peace.