Purification of the Mind


Purification of the Mind (Jila’ Al-Khatir): Discourses by Shaikh ‘Abd Al-Qadir Al-Jilani

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Discourses from a great teacher:

  • Forty five discourses by Shaikh ‘Abd Al-Qadir Al-Jilani
  • Essential exhortations for the seeker of God
  • Genuine advice from the Master’s own spiritual experience
  • Wise words elucidating the spiritual reality of Islam
  • Advice for people of various spiritual states and stations

This Book

This book contains discourses that Shaikh ‘Abd Al-Qadir Al-Jilani delivered at his school in Baghdad. As in all of his sermons and writings, the Shaikh explains in these discourses to his audience how to draw nearer to God. His words are the fruit of years of personal strife against his lower self and complete dedication to God, thus telling the fascinating story of his attainment to nearness to God.

The Shaikh addresses many spiritual diseases — such as envy, greed, arrogance, and attachment to this world — and the qualities that the seeker of God must acquire — such as love, renunciation, humility, satisfaction, patience, and truthfulness. He explains in a simple but very powerful and effective way to the wayfarers how to have their spiritual diseases healed and what qualities they need to acquire for their journey to God. The Shaikh’s words and advice are not targeted at certain people, but they address various spiritual states and stations. His words provide a drink for everyone who thirsts for knowledge that takes him nearer to his Lord.

Book Details
Author: ‘Abd Al-Qadir Al-Jilani
Editor of Arabic edition: Shaikh Muhammad Al-Muhammad Al-Kasnazan
Translators: Shetha Al-Dargazelli and Louay Fatoohi
Pages: 180
Size:229mm x 152mm
Publication Date: March/2008
Publisher: Luna Plena Publishing, UK
ISBN: 978-1-906342-02-9

Table of Contents
Introduction to the Second Edition
A Biography of Shaikh ‘Abd Al-Qadir Al-Jilani
Good Behavior in the Company of Shaikhs
The Mediator
Striving Against the Lower Self
The Blessings of Remembrance [of Allah]
The Works of the Heart
The Knowledge of Saints
Putting Knowledge into Practice
Spending on the Poor
The Definition of the Sufi
The Light of the Believer
Denouncing this World
The Fruit of Knowledge
Denouncing Hypocrisy
The Benefits of the Month of Ramadan
The Benefit of Mercy
The Prohibition of Injustice
Neglecting What is of No Concern
Denouncing Dissimulation
The Curtailment of Hopes
Thinking Well of The Others
Having a Sense of Shame
Enduring Affliction


Also by Shaikh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani “Fifteen Letters (Khamsata ʿAshara Maktūban)

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