ABOUT THE BOOK
This spiritual guide to the self is a handbook of tazkiyah or ‘self-purification’. Not only does it illustrate the maladies of the human spiritual condition, it recognises the struggles and insecurities we all succumb to from time to time, and offers up the remedies too. The antidotes to our ailments are drawn from Qur’ānic verses and authentic ahādīth (Prophetic sayings), inspiring mindfulness of the Almighty Cherisher and His Beloved Prophet.
This guidebook, drawing on the 11th and 12th Century works of the ‘Proof of Islam’ and wondrous sage, Imām Abū Hāmid Al-Ghazālī, can be applied to our busy lives in the modern, hi-tech era, and will prove accessible to people of all ages, all denominations: believers and non-believers alike.
A beautifully structured and well-presented work, highlighting one of the most important aspects of Islamic teachings - purifying the heart from blameworthy character traits and replacing them with praiseworthy ones. May Allah Most High accept the efforts of the author and team and make it beneficial, Amīn.
Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari, Director and researcher at the Institute of Islamic Jurisprudence (Darul Iftaa) - Leicester, UK
The importance of spiritual wayfaring cannot be emphasised enough, particularly in our times where the material realm is emphasised as the only means to human happiness and progress. Allāh ﷻ clearly informs us after more than ten oaths are undertaken to emphasise the centrality of internal rectification by the words “Successful indeed is the one who purifies their soul” قَدۡ أَفۡلَحَ مَن زَكَّىٰهَا [Ash-Shams 91:9].
Countless verses of the Qur’ān and Prophetic narrations attest to this, such as those that set about demarcating the state of Iḥsān (spiritual perfection) with the words: “Worship Allāh as if you see Him; if not that, then He sees you” أَنْ تَعْبُدَ اللَّهَ كَأَنَّكَ تَرَاهُ، فَإِنْ لَمْ تَكُنْ تَرَاهُ فَإِنَّهُ يَرَاكَ [Ṣaḥīḥ Al-Bukhārī 50, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 9:5].
Making this science accessible to a new generation is of utmost importance especially in times of a spiritual vacuum. The ‘Handbook of Spiritual Medicine’ is to be commended as a clear presentation of the science of internal purification in a format which enables easy access to symptoms of spiritual illnesses and their cures. This is all the more important as many maladies that plague the modern world in essence emanate from the spiritual maladies within our own collective 'selves' and communities.
We pray that Allāh ﷻ accepts this work as a fresh exposition of an ancient science and rectifies the Muslim community and the wider community by novel presentations such as the method adopted by this work.
Shaykh Zaqir, Director - Darul Arkam Educational Trust - Leicester, UK
In the Name of Allāh, Most Gracious, Most Merciful بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمن الرَّحِيْم
The author has made a great contribution to this field through his work. The presentation and layout employed in presenting the spiritual diseases and their remedies are highly effective and make this book comprehensible for the readers. Inshā Allāh, it will be a spiritual medicine for the seekers of the spiritual path. I asked the author to make a few corrections, and it is testament to the idea that he has adopted the very spirit of the book that he was very quick to agree to them. May Allāh ﷻ reward him abundantly.
Shaykh Imran bin Adam, Principal, Jameah Uloomul Quran, Leicester, UK
Most illnesses that we have today emanate from diseases of the heart, therefore it’s essential to try and rectify the unseen realms of our hearts and exert maximum efforts in self-purification.
This body of work is arranged in a unique way, where signs and symptoms of spiritual ailments are addressed with various treatments in light of sources of shari'ah as well as advice and counsel from other reliable sources.
It is colour coded which will be very beneficial to the reader, especially in an educational setting.
The author has put in a lot of hard work to ensure that the reader can reflect and ponder over his shortcomings, which is a continuing duty upon a Muslim. This work will enable the reader to self-analyse and assist him or herself in meeting their Creator with a 'sound heart'.
There are some very relevant issues mentioned and I'm certain that those who will read the work with a view to correcting their inner souls will be benefited immensely from the work.
Dr Shaykh Ashraf Makadam, Director of Trust, Madani Schools Federation - Leicester, UK
Mashā-Allāh, it has been compiled in great detail yet in an easy-to-follow format. If read with the guidance of a shaykh (spiritual guide) then inshā’Allāh it will aid greatly, be of much benefit and ease the path to the attainment of tazkiyah.
I pray Allāh ﷻ accepts the work of brother Jamal and makes it a means of attaining his everlasting pleasure.
Mawlana Muhammad Yahya, Director An Nasihah Publications, Leicester, UK.
A Handbook of Spiritual Medicine
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