Omid Safi, tr.
Teachings From the Islamic Mystical Tradition
This collection showcases the love poetry and mystical teachings at the heart of the Islamic tradition in accurate and poetic original translations
At a time when the association of Islam with violence dominates headlines, this beautiful collection offers us a chance to see a radically different face of the Islamic tradition. It traces a soaring, poetic, popular tradition that celebrates love for both humanity and the Divine as the ultimate path leading humanity back to God.
Omid Safi brings together for the first time the passages of the Qur’an, the mystical sayings of the Prophet, and the teachings of the path of “Divine love.” Accurately and sensitively translated by leading scholar of Islam Omid Safi, the writings of Jalal al-Din Rumi can now be read alongside passages by Kharaqani, ‘Attar, Hafez of Shiraz, Abu Sa‘id-e Abi ’l-Khayr, and other key Muslim mystics.