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Photo: "Aguibou, fama of Bandiagara, son of El-Hadj-Omar. Very old and powerfull family of Macina." Soudan, Afrique Occidentale. Dated 1904.
I want to teach you five of those things which deserve your greatest anxiety to acquire them: Have hope only in Allah. Be afraid of nothing but sins. If you do not know a thing never feel ashamed to admit ignorance. If you do not know a thing never hesitate or feel ashamed to learn it. Acquire patience and endurance because their relation with true faith is that of a head to a body, a body is of no use without a head, similarly true faith can be of no use without attributes of resignation, endurance and patience.
'Perfume of the Desert: Inspirations from Sufi Wisdom'
by Andrew Harvey (Author), Eryk Hanut (Author)
Renowned for his inspiring interpretations of world spiritual traditions, celebrated modern mystic Andrew Harvey teams with photographer Eryk Hanut to create a stunning book of readings drawn from Sufi mysticism. Teaching stories, prophetic sayings, folk tales and jests, Hanut's evocative photographs, and Harvey's breathtaking translations of the ecstatic poetry of Rumi, Kabir, and others make this little book an inspirational and artistic treasure.
"Mystic revolutionary Andrew Harvey has created an exquisite map for all seekers who wander the wilderness of the heart. His passionate renderings, along with Eryk Hanut's haunting visual meditations, are tracks in a desert that seduce us deep into the interior of Sufism. I love this book."
(Gabrielle Roth, author of Sweat Your Prayers and Maps to Ecstasy)
"Here is a book on Sufism that conveys the love and passion that belongs to this path. Andrew Harvey speaks with the language of lovers, and his book carries the invisible perfume for which the soul longs.
(Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, author of Sufism: The Transformation of the Heart)
"Blindingly beautiful! Andrew Harvey inspires what the world needs more than anything else - mystical love."
(Mary Ford-Grabowsky, Ph.D., author of Sacred Poems and Prayers of Love and Prayers for All People)
"A loving, lyrical selection of Sufi voices."
(James Fadiman, Ph.D., co-editor of Essential Sufism)
"Some of the finest treasures from the literature of Sufism."
(Robert Frager, Ph.D., co-editor of Essential Sufism and author of Heart, Self, and Soul: The Sufi Psychology of Growth, Balance and Harmony)