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Boyd & Mack/The Collected Works ofNana Asma 'u in English Language of original: Source of text: Introduction: Arabic The Way ofthe Pious Tanbfh al-ghiifilfn 1820-123611237 Waziri Junaidu 21 Work 1 This work was Asma'u's first, as far as we know, and was written when she was in her twenties. It is important because it shows how clear her vision was in relation to her life's work. She believed that one who loves Muhammad should work for the interests of the Muslim community, humbly and modestly, visiting the sick, teaching, and contributing to society. It is a condensed rule-book for Muslims and in particular for sufi Muslims. 47 Part One of this work describes barriers that exist between man and Paradise. These are: death, and the travails of the grave, and resurrection and beyond. Part Two lists the personal traits which lead to danmation, which are eight in number. Part Three lists redeeming traits, also eight in number. Part Four lists the ways in which those who love Muhammad will exemplifY the fact in their daily lives. Related Texts: Asma'u would have been very familiar with Muhammad Bello's work In(aq al-maisiir, written in 1812, in which he described what the Shehu taught and how he taught: When he went to them, he greeted them in a voice which everyone could hear. His face was relaxed and his manner gentle. Then he said, "Listen" He never grew tired of explaining and never became impatient if anyone failed to understand. " 47Its message should be read alongside contemporary criticisms of sufism; one of the best known such critics is Sheikh Abubakar Gumi: "My first disagreement concerns the overall objectives of sufism which involve withdrawal from worldly affairs so that one does not have to teach others, for instance, or participate in social matters ..,", (1992: 135). Asma'u and Bello did not, ofcourse, withdraw from worldly affairs at all, but devoted themselves to active participation in changing the society around them. In this one is reminded of neo-Platonist philosophy, which maintained itself throughout the spread of Islam, and which affirms the world as a proving ground for the soul's endeavors, allowing one to convert the quotidian into the spiritual. Boyd & Mack/The Collected Works a/Nona Asma 'u in English The Way of the Pious Tanbih al-~hiifilin 1820-1236/1237 Work I 21 Arabic Waziri Junaidu Language of original: Source of text: Introduction: This work was Asma'u's first, as far as we know, and was written when she was in her twenties. It is important because it shows how clear her vision was in relation to her life's work. She believed that one who loves Muhammad should work for the interests of the Muslim community, humbly and modestly, visiting the sick, teaching, and contributing to society. It is a condensed rule-book for Muslims and in particular for sufi Muslims. 47 Part One of this work describes barriers that exist between man and Paradise. These are: death, and the travails of the grave, and resurrection and beyond. Part Two lists the personal traits which lead to damnation, which are eight in number. Part Three lisls redeeming traits, also eight in number. Part Four lists the ways in which those who love Muhammad will exemplifY the fact in their daily lives. Related Texts: Asma'u would have been very familiar with Muhammad Bello's work Inraq al-maisiir, written in 1812, in which he described what the Shehu taught and how he taught: When he went to them, he greeted them in a voice which everyone could hear. His face was relaxed and his manner gentle. Then he said, "Listen" He never grew tired of explaining and never became impatient if anyone failed to understand." .17 Its message should be read alongside contemporary criticisms ofsufism~ one ofthe best known such critics is Sheikh Abubakar Gurni: "My first disagreement concerns the overall objectives ofsufism which involve withdrawal from worldly affairs so that one does not have to teach others, for instance, or participate in social matters ...". (1992: 135). Asma1u and Bello did not, ofcourse, withdraw from worldly aH'airs at all, but devoted themselves to active participation 1n changing the society around them. In this one is reminded of nco-Platonist philosophy, which maintained itself throughout the spread of Islam., and which affinns the world as a proving ground for the soul's endeavors, allowing one to convert the quotidian into the spiritual...

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ISBN
9781609170653
Related ISBN
9780870134753
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OCLC
605316199
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2012-12-20
Language
English
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