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Book of Assistance

Imam Abdallah al-Haddad, Mostafa al-Badawi




There are many books in English which present Sufi doctrine, but few which can be used as practical travel guides along the Path. Originally written in Classical Arabic, the aptly-named Book of Assistance is today in widespread use among Sufi teachers in Arabia, Indonesia and East Africa. Presented here in the readable translation of Dr. Badawi, this manual of devotions, prayers and practical ethics will be invaluable to all who love the Prophet and the Sufi way.




1 On Certainty

2 On Intention

3 On Vigilance

4 On the Inner and the Outer Self

5 On Regular Devotions

6 On Reciting the Qur'an

7 On Acquiring Knowledge

8 On Remembrance

9 On Reflection

10 On Following the Book and Sunna

11 On Doctrine

12 On Religious Obligations

13 On Cleanliness

14 On Following the Sunna

15 On Conduct in Mosques

16 On the Ritual Prayer

17 On Prayer in Congregation

18 On Zakat

19 On Fasting

20 On Pilgrimage

21 On Scrupulousness

22 On Enjoining Good and Forbidding Evil

23 On Social Duties

24 On Kindness and Charity

25 On Counsel

26 On Salutations and a Salutary Opinion

27 On Repentance, Hope and Fear

28 On Fortitude

29 On Gratitude

30 On Renunciation

31 On Reliance on God

32 On Divine Love and Contentment