Treatise for the Seekers of Guidance
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Treatise for the Seekers of Guidance

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The translation, notes, and commentary of Imam al-Harith al-Muhasibi s Risala al-Mustarshidin (Treatise For The Seekers Of Guidance) by Zaid Shakir is intended to serve as a layman s guide to Islamic spirituality. Al - Muhasibi presents most of the major ideas that would both serve as the basis for a full program of spiritual development and comprise an insightful overview...more
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Published September 1st 2008 by Nid Publishers (first published 2006)
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Jan 04, 2011 Halik rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Muslims
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This book, claimed t9o be 'sharia compliant' sufism is basically a guide to handling yourself as a Muslim. It focusses on matters of the heart and mind, on self control, abstinence, the nature of knowledge, intellect and closeness to God. All this advise is strongly basedon the teachingsof the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad's (peace be upon him) traditions Metaphysical and informative, Alhamdulillah highly recommended to Muslims. It's not a book that is meant to be read in a rush, its something...more
Subhan'Allah this book is simply breathtaking. Imam Muhasibi's advice is priceless and very practical. Furthermore Imam Zaid Shakir's commentary provides further insight to Imam Muhasibi's message. This is a surprisingly easy read and I would recommend it to anyone. My only advice is to take your time with the book, and really try to absorb Imam Muhasibi's wisdom.
I owned this book for a long time before I started reading it. I even took a class on this book way back when and completely missed the point of it! It's funny how at one point in our lives we can leave a book on our shelves because it doesn't interest us, but then we come back to it later and are not be able to put it down. This book is very enlightening and it's commentary is an easy-read too. At so many points I was surprised by how accurately my own problems and spiritual hindrances were des...more
Bilal Ali
The translation of the text is wonderful. I would have preferred a commentary more heavily reliant on 'Abd al-Fattah Abu Ghuddah's Arabic marginal commentary of the book but Shaykh Zaid's commentary is unique in its own right. I enjoyed Abu Ghuddah's narration of saintly anecdotes and wish that more Western readers could be exposed to their pious tradition. Essentially, Shaykh Zaid's commentary is more conceptual than applied and that would be my one criticism of the book.
One of the best books I've read in years! Zaid Shakir's beautiful English translation and commentary of Al-Muhasibi's soul stirring work is refreshingly accessible to all including a lay reader or non-Muslim. A potent guide and reminder of the work necessary to succeed along the spiritual path of Islam.
Huma Rashid
Imam Shakir has done his fellow Muslims a tremendous service in translating the work of Imam Al-Muhasibi. Not only does he translate the text from the complex, nuanced, intricate Arabic, he adds his own commentary. He provides great examples and instruction, weaving through verses of the Quran and the ahadeeth of the Prophet (S). It's a great text for anyone wanting to know more about how to live as a Muslim - specifically, one who wants to learn what the character of a Muslim should be. It's on...more
Apr 15, 2009 Imraan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
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This book is simply wonderful!

Whether you are a new Muslim, an average Muslim, or a learned Muslim, this book has something that everyone can benefit from. It really is a layman's guide to Islamic spirituality, but in my opinion the commentary by Imam Zaid Shakir adds inspiring reminders that really brings the message of Imam al-Muhasibi (rA) to complete fruition!

May Allah (swt) give Imam Zaid Shakir strength and motivation to continue his endeavors of re-illuminating the torch of Islamic guidan...more
an extremely beneficial book translated and commented on by an able scholar able to provide relevance and clarity to the timeless advices necessary to gain a higher station of piety, wisdom, and piercing intellect. because this book constantly offers advice it is necessary for the reader to be able to pause and reflect on the important substance avoiding reading it as a novel for gaining the most benefit.
Imran Khan
Decent translation but has room for improvement.
Great piece. Very easy to read- somewhat slow at times, but because its meant for everybody. Some exquisite translations hidden in here.

You can hear Imam Zaid's voice as you read this.
needs to be read by more people. very accessible by anyone
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Zaid Shakir is amongst the most respected and influential Islamic scholars in the West. As an American Muslim who came of age during the civil rights struggles, he has brought both sensitivity about race and poverty issues and scholarly discipline to his faith-based work.
Born in Berkeley, California, he accepted Islam in 1977 while serving in the United States Air Force. He obtained a BA with hono...more
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