Reclaim Your Heart

Personal insights on breaking free from life’s shackles
| Yasmin Mogahed

Many of us live our lives entrapped by the same repeated patterns of heartbreak and disappointment. Often, we have no idea why this happens. ‘Reclaim Your Heart’ is about freeing the heart from this slavery. It is about the journey in and out of life’s most deceptive traps.

Relationship With the Creator
Women’s Status

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Risalatul Haq: A Discussion About Old Age and Death

Habib Ali bin Isa bin Abdulkader Alhaddad

The Sick – Manners and Conduct in Visiting
When Death Approaches
Preparing the Deceased Before the Bath
Funeral Prayers
Death and Burial
Visiting the Grave
The Living May Help the Dead
First Night in the Grave
The Soul’s Journey After Death

Published in Singapore

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I Saw Ramallah

Mourid Barghouti

Barred from his homeland after the 1967 Six-Day War, the poet Mourid Barghouti spent thirty years in exile, shuttling among the world’s cities, yet secure in none of them; separated from his family for years at a time; never certain whether he was a visitor, a refugee, a citizen, or a guest. As he returns home for the first time since the Israeli occupation, Barghouti crosses a wooden bridge over the Jordan River into Ramallah and is unable to recognize the city of his youth. Sifting through memories of the old Palestine as they come up against what he now encounters in this mere “idea of Palestine,” he discovers what it means to be deprived not only of a homeland but of “the habitual place and status of a person.” A tour de force of memory and reflection, lamentation and resilience, I Saw Ramallah is a deeply humane book, essential to any balanced understanding of today’s Middle East.

Winner of the prestigious Naguib Mahfouz Medal.

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Al-Ghazali on Love, Longing, Intimacy & Contentment

This translation by the Islamic Texts Society is the 36th chapter of ‘The Revival of the Religious Sciences’ (Ihya’ Ulum al-Din). This chapter is in the last of the four sections of the Ihya, the section dealing with the virtues or what is conducive to salvation.

This work is of radical importance to the history of Sufism and the arguments that al-Ghazali sets out in it form the basis of the development of whole schools of Sufi theory and practice of mystical love, including the extensive Sufi poetry of Mevlana Rumi and Hafiz. The text starts by elucidating the love of God for humanity and the love of man for God, and proceeds to discuss the deepening of this love to include different degrees of longing, intimacy and contentment.

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Problematic Singapore Malays' - Sustaining a Portrayal

Suriani Suratman

This monograph is about the portrayal of the Malays by the government, as found in the mainstream media in Singapore. The dominant feature of this portrayal is what the author describes as the ‘problematic Singapore Malays’. Two main characteristics emerged: that the Malays are “lagging behind” despite visible progress, and portrayal of their “doubtful loyalty”.

Through a survey of newspaper reports from the period of the 1960s to the 1990s, this paper argues that the sustained reproduction of ‘the problematic Malays’ occurs through (1) continuous identifying of new areas requiring attention, and (2) making comparisons of progress between ethnic groups at a given point of time instead of looking at longitudinal progress. Overall, it is a clear indication of the consistent gazing upon the Malays.

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Sea Without Shore: A Manual of the Sufi Path

Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller

“Sea Without Shore” is a manual for those travelling the path of Sufism. The book opens with narratives of five Sufis met by the author in Syria, Jordan, and Turkey whose lives exemplified the knowledge and practice of the Sufi path. The second part is a complete handbook of the method and rule of the Shadhili order of Sufism, transmitted to the author by his spiritual mentor, Sheikh ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Shaghouri – from devotions, dhikr and metaphysical doctrine, to how a Sufi lives, marries, and earns a living in the modern world. A third part treats wider theological questions such as other faiths and mysticisms, universalism and the finality of Islam, the promise of God to Jews and Christians, evolution and religion, and divine Wisdom and Justice in the face of human suffering. The book provides an indelible portrait of a vibrant mystical tradition spanning seven and a half centuries of endeavour to know Allah.

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Sufism and the Way of Blame: Hidden Sources of a Sacred Philosophy

Yannis Toussulis

The Sufi Mystique
Traditionalist Critique
Quests for the Hidden Hierarchy
Further Quests for the Hidden Source
The Earlier Way of Blame
The Middle Period of Malamati Activity
The Later Malamatiyya
Twentieth-Century Representatives
Seven Stations of Wisdom
Human Completeness
Risala Salihiyya of Pir Nur al-Arabi

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Nocturnal Journey and the Heavenly Ascension

Shaykh Muhammad Mahy Cisse

A wonderfully concise and comprehensive work on one of the most pivotal events in world history, the heavenly ascension (mi’raj) of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.).

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Palestine Papers: 1917–1922 Seeds of Conflict

Doreen Ingrams

Palestine Papers gives the vivid, inside story of the creation of the British Mandate of Palestine, formed with the divergent objectives of fostering Zionism and protecting the rights of the native Palestinians. This is history caught in the making: no rhetoric, no apology, no bomblast, just the original documents culled from the secret minutes of Cabinet meetings, and from telegrams and memos of ministers, generals, ambassadors and the Intelligence Services.

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Counsels of Religion

Counsels of Religion of Imam Abdullah ibn Alawi al-Haddad translated by Mostafa al-Badawi

This is the first complete translation of “An Nasaih id-Diniyya wal Wasaya al-Imaniyyah” or as most people in Southeast Asia know it in Malay, “Nasihat Agama dan Wasiat Iman”.

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