Photo: Shaykh Sidi Abu Madyan bin Minwar (d. 1955) transitioned the Qadiriyya Boutchichiyya tariqa from one of tabaruk (an affiliation of blessedness) to one of suluk (spiritual wayfaring) after giving permission to do after an intense period of spiritual struggle.
My God! Save us from preoccupation with trifles and show us the realities of things as they are...Display not to us Not-Being in the guise of Being, and place not a veil of Not-Being over the beauty of Being. Make these phenomenal forms a mirror of the effulgence of Thy Beauty...All our deprivation and banishment is from ourselves; leave us not with ourselves, but grant us deliverance from ourselves, and vouchsafe us knowledge of Thyself.
'Perfume of the Desert: Inspiration 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.
"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)