An interpretative translation by Shaykh Tosun Bayrak of Sirr al-Asrar by Hadrat Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (1077-1166AD), considered by many to be one of the greatest saints of Islam and the eponymous founder of the Qadiriyya order. This book, appearing in English for the first time, contains the very essence of Sufism, giving a Sufi explanation of how the outward practises of Islam—prayer, fasting, almsgiving and pilgrimage—contain a wealth of inner dimension which must be discovered and enjoyed if external actions are to be performed in a manner pleasing to God. When this is achieved the soul finds true peace and the spiritual life becomes complete.
'This work, which contains a biographical introduction to one of the authors least-known works, represents a valuable contribution to the field...The translators introduction provides an insight into the various personal qualities and divine graces which are recognised in combination as a proof of sainthood...It is clearly and elegantly presented, accessible, and has the merit of combining metaphysical doctrine with devotional ethics as encapsulated in the life and work of one of the most endearingly popular Sufis of all time.'Journal of Islamic Studies.
1. The Places of the Souls within the Body; 2. On Knowledge; 3. On Repentance; 4. On Remembrance; 5. On the Vision of God; 6. The Veils of Light and Darkness; 7. On the Purification of the Self; 8. On the Meaning of Ritual Worship and Inner Worship; 9. On Charity; 10. On Fasting Prescribed by the Religion and on Spiritual Fasting; 11. On the Pilgrimage to Mecca and the Inner Pilgrimage of the Heart; 12. On Withdrawing from the World; 13. On Dreams.