Book Review: A Sufi Study of Hadith

Sufi Study of Hadith

Title: A Sufi Study of Hadith (Haqiqat al-Tariqa min as-Sunna al-Aniqa)
Publisher: Turath Publishing; 2010
Original Author: Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanawi
Translation: Shaykh Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo

This book is a fascinating collection of beautiful hadiths regarding the methodologies of the people and shaykhs of the spiritual path. It is written by Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanawi who is from the Chishti path, but the issues that are discussed are applicable to all people interested in the science of tasawuf and its application in the light of Prophetic hadiths.

The overwhelming majority of hadiths that are chosen and brought forward are from the six major collections of hadith. They are cited, Bukhari, Muslim, and so on. Maulana Thanawi discusses many practices that the people of tasawuf do, and he establishes their legitimacy from hadith. This would assure a person treading the path, with or without a guide, that there is a basis from the Prophetic practice in the methodology of the aspirants and their guides. At the same time, Maulana Thanawi addresses illegitimateĀ  practices of some groups and persons claiming to be spiritual aspirants or masters in an effort to educate the masses to recognize and separate themselves from them.

This book also brings to light the depth and wisdom that resides with the Chishti path in the subcontinent. The reader will appreciate the depth of analysis that Maulana Thanawi brings, and by association the depth and insight of the tradition that produced him. Lastly Turath Publishing had a book launch event in 2012 the UK that included Shaykh Abdur Rahim, Shaykh Abdur Rahman ibn Yusuf, Mufti Taqi Usmani and Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad. Two of the videos are below:

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad on on the Scholarship of the Indian Subcontinent:

Shaykh Abdur Rahman ibn Yusuf on Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanawi:

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