Rumi's Garden, an online Islamic Store: www.RumisGarden.co.uk
Photo: The Foundation Stone in the floor of the Dome of the Rock shrine in Jerusalem. The round hole at upper left penetrates to a small cave, known as the Well of Souls, below. The cage-like structure just beyond the hole covers the stairway entrance to the cave (south is towards the top of the image). The Foundation Stone is thought by commentators of the Quran to be the place from which Prophet Muhammad PBUH began his Night Journey. According to Islamic belief, angels visited the site 2,000 years before the creation of Adam. It is also thought to be the place where Israfil, the angel of the trumpet, will sound his horn on Resurrection Day. According to Judaism, there is a difference of opinion in classical Jewish sources as to whether this was the location of the Holy of Holies or of the Outer Altar. According to those that hold it was the site of the Holy of Holies, that would make this the holiest site in Judaism. Jewish tradition views the Holy of Holies as the spiritual junction of Heaven and Earth, the axis mundi, and is therefore the direction that Jews face when praying the Amidah.
He (Allah) originated the creation without any example which He could follow and without any specimen prepared by any known creator that was before Him. He showed us the realm of His Might and such wonders which speak of His Wisdom. The confession of the created things that their existence owes itself to Him made us realize that argument has been furnished about knowing Him (so that there is no excuse against it). The signs of His creative power and standard of His wisdom are fixed in the wonderful things He has created. Whatever He has created is an argument in His favor and a guide towards Him. Even a silent thing is a guide towards Him as though it speaks and its guidance towards the Creator is clear.
'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)