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Infamies of the Soul and Their Treatments

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Infamies of the soul (ʿUyūb al-nafs) is one of Islam’s earliest comprehensive theories for the purification of the soul. In this short guide, the hadith narrator, Shāfiʿī legist, and historian of the early sufis, Imam Abū ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-Sulamī, presents sixty-nine wicked traits and habits of the soul, including anger, laziness, negligence, self-pity, envy, avarice, lyin ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by Islamosaic
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Tuscany Bernier
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent book. I read it on Kindle and the format was great. This is definitely a book that seems short and easy to read, but each page is deeply thought-provoking. In fact, it is a book I hope to re-read soon to ponder upon its pages once again. Quite lovely for those seeking a path through the heart's desires for personal suluk, but best read with a teacher or beloved spiritual friend in my personal opinion. ...more
Whimsicalmaria
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a translation of the book ‘Uyub al-nafs wa adwiyatuha which was written by Abu ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Sulami, and translated by Musa Furber. The book is thin, and sized like a handbook, only 106 pages including references. It is about diseases of the heart (when Muslim say heart in this context, it means spiritual heart. Not the four-chambered organ with muscular walls and three major vessels running outside), and how to treat them. This version contains footnotes and references for each infamy ...more
Rumana Khair
This book is short yet highly impactful. I read this book last year and have since been re-reading a few pages of it every week. It explains every flaw of our inner soul and how to tackle it in a very brief yet effective way. I'd highly recommend this to anyone who's seeking to work on their inner selves. ...more
zaid faridi
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great primer on understanding the evil of our own selves.

It's a step towards understanding oneself better and using the treatment to work on ourselves. Identify the infamies within yourself and try to apply the treatment offered in this book.
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Judiyyeh
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A simple read filled with insightful & thought-provoking gems. This book defines less is more.
لي
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clear and concise. Gives us a brief description of the infamies and its cure. Really a much needed book!
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Abū ‘Abd al-Raḥmān al-Sulamī est un historien du soufisme et compilateur de hadîth, né à Nichapur en 937. Auteur de nombreux ouvrages et notamment du Tabaqāt al-ṣūfiyya, il fut un des premiers biographes des soufis. Il mourut en 1021.

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