Photo: Bedouin on horse, 1898.
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.
(Khabar 70 recorded in Ibn Arabi's Mishkat al-Anwar reported by the sage al-Bazzar. Khabar go back to God without a complete chain via the Prophet, and are mostly taken from well-known collections, such as those by Muslim or Tirmidhi.)
'Living Sufism in North America: Between Tradition and Transformation'
By William Rory Dickson (Author)
In this book, William Rory Dickson explores Sufism as a developing tradition in North America, one that exists in diverse and beguiling forms. Sufism’s broad-minded traditions of philosophy, poetry, and spiritual practice infused Islamic civilization for centuries and drew the attention of interested Westerners. By the early twentieth century, Sufism was being practiced in North America. Today’s North American Sufism can appear either explicitly Islamic or seemingly devoid of Islamic religiosity. Dickson provides indispensable background on Sufism’s relation to Islamic orthodoxy and to Western esoteric traditions, and its historical development in North America. The book goes on to chart the directions that North American Sufism is currently taking, directions largely chosen by Sufi leaders. The views of ten North American Sufi leaders are explored in depth and their perspectives on Islam, authority, gender, and tradition are put in conversation with one another. A more detailed picture of North American Sufism emerges, challenging previous scholarly classifications of Sufi groups, and highlighting Sufism’s fluidity, diversity, and dynamism.
“…thoroughly informed and informative.”
(Midwest Book Review)
“Living Sufism in North America is the first book of its kind to bridge the gap between Sufi studies and the study of North American contemporary religious movements. As such, it is a comprehensive, pioneering work of potential interest to a wide array of scholars in the field of contemporary religion.”
(Patrick Laude, author of Pathways to an Inner Islam)