Introduction Part One-The Paths to Happiness The Two Wings Love of God and Respect for His Commandments Signs of Veneration for God's Commandments How Good Deeds Amend Wrongs Ostentation in Worship and in other Good Deeds Signs of Veneration for the One Who Prohibits Avoiding Extremes The Ego [Nafs], the Physical Nature and the Members of the Body The Ephemerality of this World Part Two-A Commentary on the Hadith of al-Harith al-Ash'ari Divine Oneness (Tawhid) the Key to Heaven Prayer Five Degrees of Prayer Three Kinds of Hearts Fasting Charity God Acts towards His Servant as His Servant Acts towards Others Remembrance Cleansing the Hearts of Tarnish Part Three-The Many Benefits of Remembrance Part Four-Two Kinds of Remembrance Remembrance and Supplication Remembrance, Recitation and Supplication Notes Appendix I: The Arabic Text of Recommended Invocations and Supplications Appendix II: Selected Biographical Notes Appendix III: Concerning the Breath of the One Fasting Index to Qur'anic Quotations Bibliography General Index
Born in 1292 near Damascus, Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya obtained a
classical Islamic education, specialised in jurisprudence and
became a renowned theologian and jurist. In 1312, he met the
Hanbalite reformer Ibn Taymiyya and remained his disciple until the
latter's death in 1327. Ibn al-Qayyim died in 1350 in Damascus.
Among his other works translated by the Islamic Texts Society are
Medicine of the Prophet, Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya on
Knowledge and Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya on Divine Wisdom and
the Problem of Evil.
'This book is a spiritual book, and it goes a long way towards making a hard, cruel and oblivious heart become lenient, compassionate, kind and merciful...'