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The Book of Illumination( Kitab al-Tanwir fi Isqat al-Tadbir)
Along with Signs of Success on the Spiritual Path
(Unwan al-Tanwal fi Adab al Tariq)
By Ibn Ata’ Allah Al-Iskandari (d 612H)
Translated from the Arabic by Dr. Scott Kugle (Swarthmore University)
Published By fons Vitae
Paperback 440 Pages

The Book of Illumination is a translation of al-Tanwir fi Isqat al-Tadbir, a Sufi text composed by the Muslim saint and jurist, Ibn Ata'illah al-Iskandari. The text is about avoiding the anxieties associated with rational calculation, hoarding wealth, and exercising self-interest. It consists of ethical commentary on the Qur'an, traditions of the Prophet Muhammad, and examples of North African Sufi masters. The author meant it to be an ethical introduction to Sufi mysticism, a first stepping-stone for aspirants who would experience spiritual intimacy with God within the framework of Islamic ethics and law.

This Book has been withdrawn from general Sales

WARNING: Based on information put forth in MereIslam.info weblog  

We do not recommend this particular translation of Kitab al-Tanwir fi Isqat al-Tadbir by Scott Kugle. 
This is because the translator has a pro-gay agenda that flies in the face of 1,400 years of God-fearing Islamic scholarship which clearly undermines his acceptability and integrity as a translator from an Islamic point-of-view. Based on this, we certainly question why any Muslim would want to read a book translated by someone who engages in intellectually dishonest conclusion-based hermeneutics that openly clash with the consensus of Sunni Muslim scholarship. Even though so-called gay issues don't seem to be addressed in the work in question, one can't help but wonder how much impact such agenda-driven intellectual dishonesty has on any work that such a translator does. This level of doubt alone should be enough to exclude this translation from the list of books that any God-fearing English-speaking spiritual wayfarer would want to read. We've decided to keep this blog posting in place, rather than deleting it, for information purposes only—especially since it is now complete with this disclaimer. For more details on the antics of Scott Kugle, please read the detailed comment on the http://www.mereislam.info/ web site ...

'Allah is the protector of those who have faith: from the depths of darkness He will lead them forth into light. Of those who reject faith the patrons are the evil ones: from light they will lead them forth into the depths of darkness. They will be companions of the fire, to dwell therein (For ever).'
{TM Qur'an Al-Baqara 2:257}

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About Ibn Ata’ Allah Al-Iskandari
Taj ad-Din Abu’l-Fadl Ahmad b. Muhammad b. Abd al-Karim b. Ata’ Allah al-Iskandari, al-Judhami ash-Shadhili, known simply as Ibn ‘Ata’ Allah, was born in Alexandria, Egypt, as his nisbah indicates, about the middle of the seventh/thirteenth century. His family were renowned Maliki scholars from the Banu Judham tribe, originally from Arabia. His grandfather, Abd al-Karim (d. 612 AH/1216 AD) had distinguished himself as an expert in fiqh, usul (principles of jurisprudence), and Arabic, having studied under the famous Abu’l-Hasan al-Abyari. He had written several books, among which were al-Bayin wa’t-Taqrib fi Sharh at-Tahdhib, Mukhtasar at-Tahdhib, and Mukhtasar al-Mufassal, and had been very hostile to Suflism.

The Other Translation  Ibn Ata’ Allah Al-Iskandari stocked by Kitaabun is Published Muslim Publishers The Islamic Texts society:
Classical (Other)   The Key to Salvation By Ibn Ata’ Allah al-Iskandari   Trans by: MARY ANN KOURY-DANNER (PB, 270pp)   £19.99 

On the authority of Al-Numan bin Basheer, who said : I heared the messenger of Allah say :
'That which is lawful is plain and that which is unlawful is plain and between the two of them are doubtful matters about which not many people know. Thus he who avoids doubtful matters clears himself in regard to his religion and his honor, but he who falls into doubtful matters falls into that which is unlawful, like the shepherd who pastures around a sanctuary, all but grazing therein. Truly every king has a sanctuary, and truly Allah's sanctuary is His prohibitions. Truly in the body there is a morsel of flesh which, if it be whole, all the body is whole and which, if it be diseased, all of it is diseased. Truly it is the heart.'
Related by Bukhari and Muslim (An Nawai's   Forty Haith)


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