The Way of Sufi Chivalry
A highly respected Sufi saint and scholar of the 10th century, Ibn al-Husayn al-Sulami compiled this book as a guide to enlightened behavior for the spiritual aspirant. In its pages, he records the teachings of renowned spiritual masters (available for the first time in English translation) as well as tales and quotations from the Koran and Hadith. The teachings reveal the true meaning of compassion, love, friendship, generosity, and hospitality, as well as the right actions associated with these virtues. According to the Sufis, Futuwwah is a code of honorable behavior that follows the example of the prophets, saints, and sages. By adhering to its precepts, the student learns detachment from the ego. The Way of Sufi Chivalry addresses the reader directly, providing the aspirant of today with living guidance on the path of perfection and the way of Sufism.
The Most Beautiful Names
A contemporary presentation of the 99 names of God according to the Sufi tradition in which it is said these are the divine attributes by which God manifests himself in the world and by which He completes the spiritual life of man. Compiled from original Arabic and Turkish texts this is the most extensive presentation available to readers in any Western language. Also included are the 201 Divine Names of the Prophet.
Inspirations on the Path of Blame
Shaikh Badruddin was many things; medieval scholar, mystic, saint, social revolutionary. In , he interpreted many essential concepts of Islamic theology in an original and strikingly personal way. His ideas are as fresh and relevant today as they were when he first set them down.
The Secret of Secrets
An interpretative translation by Shaykh Tosun Bayrak of Sirr al-Asrar by Hadrat Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (1077-1166AD), considered by many to be one of the greatest saints of Islam and the eponymous founder of the Qadiriyya order. This book, appearing in English for the first time, contains the very essence of Sufism, giving a Sufi explanation of how the outward practises of Islam—prayer, fasting, almsgiving and pilgrimage—contain a wealth of inner dimension which must be discovered and enjoyed if external actions are to be performed in a manner pleasing to God. When this is achieved the soul finds true peace and the spiritual life becomes complete.
Divine Governance of the Human Kingdom
A powerful but little known work, this volume contains three mystical texts. 'Al-tadbirat,' the largest, is a fascinating treatise on the divine design and management of the world, and the central role the human model plays in the creative and governing process. The other two are 'kitab kunh ma la budda minhu lil-murid' (or, "What the Seeker Needs"), a brief guide for those want to follow the Sufi path, and 'kitab al-ahadiyyah' (or, "The One Alone"), an esoteric essay on transcendental unity.
The Name and the Named
A contemporary presentation of the 99 divine attributes or names of God according to the Islamic Sufi tradition. In this volume, Tosun Bayrak explains how to use these Names for the transformation of the soul into its original and primordial nature.
The Shape of Light
This treatise on the nature and levels of the human soul considers the limitations of human senses and our true or theomorphic essence; the various realms or Centers, including Absolute Mind as well as Ordinary Mind and Divine Mind; the nature of firmaments; and the meaning of pleasure and pain.
The Tree of Being
The Tree of Being (Shajarat al-Kawn in Arabic) is a work by Ibn Arabi, interpreted by Shaykh Tosun Bayrak who also includes here two other short works . Ibn Arabi (1165-1240) knew and influenced the great men of his time, including Ibn Rushd (Averroes), Jalaluddin Rumi and Suhrawardi, and his influence spread beyond the Islamic world to medieval Europe. Dante shows the influence of Ibn Arabi in the Divine Comedy for example.The book has four sections. First is the interpreter's introduction which includes a biography of Ibn Arabi and a discussion of his approach to Sufism. The second concerns Ibn Arabi's devotion to the Prophet Muhammad as the perfect man and gives a description of his character and actions. Third is a listing of the 201 names and attributes of the Prophet. The fourth is an interpretation of The Tree of Being a commentary on the mystical elements of the Qur'an and Islam comprising an inspired description of the cosmos and the perfect man as microcosm.
The Path of Muhammad
In our day, which is characterized by a great misunderstanding of Islam, this work outlines the ideal of an Islamic society at the time of the Prophet Muhammad.
Memoirs of a Moth
Sheikh Tosun Bekir Bayraktaroğlu was born into one of Turkey's most exclusive families and received a world-class European style education. However, it was his destiny to lead a different kind of life. It is nearly impossible to summarize his lifestory in a few sentences. In high school he was a socialist. He later lived in the west as an bohemian anarchist. He became rich in Morocco and lived as an aristocrat. He was a dervish in an İstanbul tekke, and a Sheikh in New York. In his memoirs, Sheikh Tosun does not only tell the story of his own life. He was raised in an elite family in the years following the Turkish revolution. When he was young he shared a house in London wıth such important figures from Turkish culture as Bülent and Rahşan Ecevit, Can Yücel and Ali Neyzi. It is a story that is sincere and warm, readable and fluid. It is a journey of the soul first from East to West, and then back again from West to East.