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r="#ac6c3e">1-Fundamental Symbols:
 The Universal Language of Sacred Science

René Guénon

Quinta-Essentia(1995); 33 diagrams 339 pp. 252x156mm

René Guénon is without a doubt one of the colossal figures of this century whose fame only increases with the passing of days. In this work, probably the most significant in a modern Western language concerning symbolism, Guénon deals with the metaphysical and cosmological meaning of symbols drawn from traditions as far apart as the Greek and the Buddhist, the Druid and the Islamic. This publication is one of the great literary events of this century. To glance at the chapter headings is to be impressed by the wealth and variety of the contents –The Science of Letters; Symbolic Weapons; The Wild Boar & the Bear; The Language of the Birds; The Bridge and the Rainbow are but a few of the 76 chapters. A striking aspect of the book is that it gives a new significance to so many of the objects, natural and man-made, with which we are inescapably surrounded in our daily lives.

2-The Encyclopaedia of Hadith

Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation (2001) 19 Volumes and a CD-ROM. Hardcover, two colours (black and red) in A4 (21cm x 29.7cm), with gold and blind embossed cover.
This first collection of hadith, consisting of 19 volumes, includes the Seven Great collections of Hadith in Arabic (Sahih al-Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Sunan Abi Daud, Jami' al-Tirmidhi, Sunan al-Nasa'i, Sunan Ibn Maja and the Muwatta' Malik ). In addition the collection includes a reprint of the one hundred year old Sultaniyya edition of Sahih al-Bukhari, in three volumes published by Bulaq Press with its valuable marginal commentary. Also included within this first collection is a two volume analytical indices to all the printed texts, entitled Maknaz al-Mustarshidin which includes amongst its references (tying all the source books together) the relevant hadith number in al-Mizzi's Tuhfat al-Ashraf.

n xstyle="font-family: tahoma">3-Portraits:
 From the Lives of the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad

Abdur Rahman Al-Basha; Translated by Alexandra S. Al-Osh

Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences Research Center in America (1994), 3vol.

This three volume set consists of fifty-nine biographical sketches of a cross-section of the Companions(sahaba), rich and poor, men and women, young and old, black and white, merchants and Bedouin, housewives, scholars and warriors, pagans, Christians and Jews .

#ac6c3e">4-Gifts for the Seeker
Imam Abdallah Ibn Alawi Al-Haddad
Translated from the Arabic by Mostafa Al-Badawi

Fons Vitae , spring 2003 .This book answers many of the questions often asked by seekers of inward illumination.  What are the real implications of the doctrine of divine unity?  How can proper concentration be achieved during spiritual exercises?  When should one avoid participating in Sufi gatherings?  What is the relationship between the tongue, the mind, and the heart?  How is one to understand visions received in sleep?  The work also includes the author’s commentary on a poem on inner wayfaring which speaks of the most exhaulted stations of the path and goes on to explain a number of paradoxes of the Way, such as the reason as why the saints usually refuse to deploy their miraculous powers, preferring to concentrate on self-scrutiny and the compassionate guidance of others.  These points are illustrated with references to the famous mystical poems of Ibn al-Farid and Abu Madyan.
 The author (died 1720) lived at Tarim in the Hadramaut valley between Yemen and Oman, and is described as the ‘renewer’ of the twelfth Muslim century.  His writings include a volume of mystical poetry and several books, some of which are especially popular in Swahili and Malay translations.

5-The Lives of Man
Imam al-Haddad;
 Translated by Mostafa al-Badawi

The Quilliam Press (1991)(1995) Fons Vitae, New Edition (1998)

A dramatic exposition of the classical Muslim division of human life into five stages: before conception, life in the world, life in the grave, the Resurrection, and Heaven or Hell. Extensive Qur’anic and Hadith references explain the condition of the soul at each stage.
The author, Imam al-Haddad (d. 1720), lived at Tarim in the Hadramaut valley between the Yemen and Oman, and is widely held to have been the "renewer" of the twelfth Islamic century.

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