Photo: The Kaaba in Mecca, 1925.
Allah Most Sublime reveals:
I respond profoundly to the prayer of those who humble themselves before My Splendor, those who do not seek domination over My creatures, those who no not spend their nights persisting in disobedience toward Me, those who consecrate their days to constant remembrance of My Divine Names, those who are merciful to the poor, the wayfarer, the widow, and every suffering person. The light of such supplicants radiates like the sun. I protect them with My Power, and My angels are also their protectors. In the darkness, I give them light. When they are surrounded by the ignorance of the world, I give them knowledge. Among My creatures, these supplicants shine forth as the highest Paradise shines forth in eternity.
(This khabar appears in the collection of the sage al-Bazzar and is included in Ibn Arabi's 'Mishkat al-Anwar')
'Vision of Islam'
By Sachiko Murata (Author), William Chittick (Author)
Most English-language introductions to Islam (and to Christianity and Judaism as well) scant the intellectual and spiritual; instead, they stress the externals-the things one must do to be saved, to be justified, to be upright before God and one's fellows. Basic doctrine, moral teaching, and ritual obligations are, as Murata and Chittick point out, all that the ordinary Muslim believer, prospective convert, and casually interested non-Muslim observer really need to know. The authors (comparative studies, SUNY at Stonybrook) provide a systematic and thorough handbook of basic Islamic theology on many topics, such as the nature of God and man, revelation and scripture, prayer and the interior life, and mysticism and devotion. For serious students of Islam (and its relationship to Judaism and Christianity) who are undaunted by technical terminology, this work is the book to have. For academic libraries and public libraries with substantial collections in religion.
(James F. DeRoche, Alexandria, Va.)