Reviews

book-spiritofasultanTHE SPIRIT OF A SULTAN REVIEWS

Absolutely mesmerizing

“Absolutely mesmerizing, this book is filled with historical characters, legends and sweeping action set in the Golden Age of Sufis in Moghul India. The novel recreates the life and times of one of the most venerated saints of Punjab. I found the historical information quite interesting and it blends well. For me this era and region was unfamiliar, so learning the details of wars, the struggles for various thrones and even the landscape was a worthwhile experience. It is interesting to learn more about the life of Shah Jahan, the strong leader whose love for his wife resulted in the building of the Taj Mahal. Real life characters Sultan Bahu and his parents are wonderfully described and portrayed. The minor characters from emperors to the poor farmers, help define Sultan Bahu as he plays a role in their life’s journey. The author has masterfully blended historical elements with the tenets of Sufism to create a dramatic novel, and this one will have you turning pages in eager anticipation.”
—Akram, Amazon reviewer

 

Compulsively readable masterpiece

“In my opinion this mystical novel is an inspiring gift for those who courageously seek the ultimate truth. It truly captures the extraordinary life of a sain(Sultan Bahu) as never before, ultimately leading us closer to understanding the divine nature and the human soul. Beneath this compelling story lies an ocean of spiritual wisdom about finding God within one’s own heart. In short this is a compulsively readable masterpiece.”
—Pure Joy, amazon review

 

Well done!

“This book is a must read! It is written eloquently and reader is transported back to the time of the revered saint, Hazrat Sultan Bahu, while at the same time taking the reader on a journey going forward to spiritual enlightenment. It gives colourful insight into the parents of Hazrat Sultan Bahu as well as the historical context in which the saint lived in. Similar to the previous book (Sufi Light) of the author has a unique style that appeals to all ages. Well done!”
—Mobasheer, Amazon review



book-sufiprayerSUFI PRAYER AND LOVE REVIEWS

“This is a fascinating, lucid, and illuminating book that merits repeated study and reflection – a profound journey into the heart of Sufism that educates and inspires. It is truly a spiritual classic and beautifully manifests ‘The Hidden treasure.’

This book is a tool for examining our own prayer lives. Author Dr. Javid stresses that in prayer we should cultivate an attribute of faith, openness, attention and reverence, because God can be found only in the desert of surrender.

The author provides a wealth of details on prayer and love and the foundation of faith, all based exclusively on his own personal experiences. The narrative is mesmerizing and the divine light radiates through the book.”
—Akram, book reviewer.

 

“This book is very insightful, the deep heartfelt sentiment is there regarding the reverence and thankfulness one must have in order to prepare and approach in prayer. Muslims have the beautiful example of the prayer called Salat given to them by God, as a standard practice, and it is the most beautiful standard.

Those who are touched by the wisdom of God, have a very definite understanding of the mysteries of prayer. According to author, praying to God is based upon the conviction that God is omnipotent in power, present everywhere, and willing to listen to our sincere petitions. This is all that we should have in mind when praying.

This masterpiece is the finest study on prayer and love in Sufism. The author describes with analytical depth and clarity how central prayer and love is in Islamic tradition. Undoubtedly prayer forms the most fundamental and deeply rewarding aspect of our relationship with our creator. The author strikes a chord with this profound book full of yearning and wonder about prayer and love.”
—Pure Joy, book reviewer.

 

“This book is a treasure chest of spiritual jewels. It provides an overview of the practical Sufism – the mystical branch of Islam. It is deep and rich and filled with phrases that makes you stop and ponder and contemplate the wonders of prayer and divine love. The chapter on prayer and love are pure gold. This book speaks to all those who yearn for a closer intimacy with God, a richer inner life, and a spiritual repertoire of practices that gives life depth and meaning.

Seekers of truth can soar to unimaginable spiritual heights on the wings of prayer and love. In this book the author never ceases to amaze by his writing to bring Sufi literature alive for seekers in a way that one is transformed after engagement with this knowledge.”
—Cyrus, book reviewer.

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داستان باھو
ناول دی سپرٹ آف اے سلطان کا اردو ترجمہ
یہ ناول اور داستان کے طرز پر لکھی گئی ایک بہت ہی دلچسپ اور ایمان افروز
کتاب ھے ناول کے انداز اور داستان کی شکل نے اسے شاھکار بنا دیا ھے جس
نےبھی اس کاب کو پڑھا ھے وہ اس کی تعریف کئے بغیر نہں رہ سکا۔ اس کتاب
کو پزھ کر سلطان باھو کے عشاق اور عقیدت مندوں میں ایک خوشگوار کہرام مچ
جائے گا اور ایک دل خوش کن دھوم کا سماں پیدا ھوگا۔
خامہ انگشت بد ندان کہ اسے کیا لکھیے
ناطقہ سر بہ گریباں کہ اسے کیا کہیے
حضرت سلطان با ھو رح بر اتنی دلکش اور نادر روزگار کتاب آج تک کسی نے نہیں
پزھی ھوگی۔
جلوہ گاہ ۔۔۔۔ جلوہ گاہ
جن لوگوں کو معر فت الہیہ کی خوا ھش بےقرار رکھتی ھے
یہ کتاب ان کی بے چینی کا مداوا کرے گی ان کو بحر وحدت
کا شناور بنائے گی اور انھیں لله تعالی کی پر نور اور محبت سے
معمور حضوری میں لے جائے گی اس میں مصنف نے تصور اور
مراقبہ اسم لله ذات کا لایحہ عمل پیش کیا ھے اور اپنے روحانی واقعات
اور باطنی مشاھدات سےان کی وضاحت کی ھے یہ تصنیف لطیف ایک
صوفیانہ ذھن کے ارتقا کی داستان ھے جس سے عصر حاضر کے ایک
صوفی با صفا اور جبہ و د ستار سے بے پروا درویش گزرے اور تصور
اسم ذات اور عشق سرور کائنات کے بدولت نور حضور میں غرق ہو کر
مشرف دیدار پروردگار ھوگئے کتاب کیا ھے صلائے عام ھے اپنے اصلی
منبع و ماخذ یعنی ذات حق تعالی کا عرفان حاصل کرنے کے لئے
ملنے کا پتہ۔
دربار فیض ریور ویو ھاؤ سنگ سوسائٹی راونڈ روڈ لا ھور
حضرت فقیر عبدالحمید سروری قادری نوری دربار کلاچی ڈیرہ اسما عیل خان
اس کے علاوہ مندرجہ ذیل بک سٹورز میں دستیاب ھیں۔
کلاسک بکس۔ ریگل چوک ۔ دی مال شاھراہ قائد اعظم۔ لاھور
سنگ میل بکس۔ لوئر مال۔ لاھور
ضیاءالقرآن۔۔ داتا دربار روڈ لاھور
کرما نوالہ بکس۔ داتا دربار روڈ۔۔ لاھور
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A Divine Language – A review of the book ‘Sufi Prayer & Love’

“What has he found who has lost God? And what has he lost who has found God?” – Ibn Atta Al-Iskandari

Author Ahmad Javid’s book ‘Sufi Prayer and Love’ is a deeply personal and enriching discourse on prayer and love for the almighty. It explains in great detail the intimate talk you should have in your life with God, this is also known as Salat (prayer). This prayer is a separate divine language on its own and will bring you closer to the Almighty.

This is the kind of book that should appeal to a lot of people because at its heart lies an intelligent discussion on prayer - the right kind of prayers and the power it gives you in life. And Muslims especially should find this book as a great guide that extols the virtue of prayer and love for Allah. Most of us do pray but when our prayers remain unanswered we often wonder where we went wrong. It doesn’t exactly teach you how to pray but it explains in great detail what a prayer should be. Through simple stories and descriptions you will understand how to communicate with God better. The book doesn’t limit itself to mere explanations of the various rituals we follow as part of our prayers, but it explains the meaning and purpose behind every word and action.

It is said that you cannot teach Salat or prayer to someone as it is a personal and internal process. But the author here has managed to do just that through careful selection of texts showcased through the three parts in the book. And the Arabic recitations included in the book give off positive spiritual vibes. It makes the process of prayer an enriching experience than an event that you are simply going through the motions of.

The language used is wonderful and I had no trouble in following the book. The English and the Arabic words, mostly used in brackets combine together to make this a great read. As a non Muslim myself, I appreciate the fact that I got immediate translations of words and phrases that I have often heard in relation to the Islamic faith.

I don’t have any major grouses with the book, but at certain places I did wish the book had footnotes to give a more detailed history about certain items mentioned in the passages. Though the language used and the sentence structuring is contemporary, it has its own poetic feel. But if you are looking for a genuine Arabic poetic rendering, that you won’t find it here.

The introduction given by the author was an honest piece of writing and my heart went out to him that he was able to make such a divine connection with the almighty. I would highly recommend this book to my Muslim brothers and sisters who think that they already know enough about their religion and faith. Reading this book should give you a different perspective and bring you in harmony with God.

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