Books on my mind…

November 28, 2005

I am working on a book review for Muslim Writers Society on Islam and Religious Pluralism by Ayatullah Murtadha Mutahhari. I think it’s a must read. It answered almost all of my questions on the ultimate fate of Muslims, non-Muslims, atheists, people of the book, etc.

Kernel of the Kernel by TabatabaiI’ve already started on another book. The Kernel of the Kernel: Concerning the Wayfaring and Spiritual Journey of the People of Intellect. This book, another must-have for any serious sufis or soon-to-be sufis, was compiled by ‘Allamah Muhammad Husayn Tihrani from the teachings and lectures of ‘Allamah Muhammad Husayn Tabataba`i. It has an inspiring introduction by Seyyed Hossein Nasr, who also attended these private sessions, along with Shahid Murtadha Mutahhari and Professor Henry Corbin. It takes one through the path of the secret tariqa that has been followed by the Shi’a ‘ulema of Iran for centuries.

No one can deliver such hikmah (wisdom) the way that ‘Allamah Tabataba`i does. Every sentence of knowledge that he imparts from his own words is accompanied by a perfectly matching verse from the Qur’an. And I do not mean to say that he shapes the Qur’an according to his words. Nay! Each verse flows so perfectly with the path of the wayfarer, that one is left with no doubt that this is path of the blessed Messenger Muhammad himself (may Allah bless him and grant he and his family peace). I have only finished the first chapter of this book, but I am already intoxicated.

“Of all the treasures that the earth can boast,
A brimming cup of wine I prize the most–
This is enough for me!”

— Hafiz



  1. Hey, where are you getting your books? I’ve not seen these titles before. Al Khoei center online or???

  2. The Mutahhari book, I got off of Amazon (although it actually came from some guy in the UK). The Tabataba’i book came from http://www.halalco.com. They have a pleasantly diverse collection, althought they originally sent me the wrong book (Ibn ‘Arabi book by the same title). They quickly sent the replacement.

  3. Salam Alaikum,
    Glad to see you enjoyed the book on Islam and Religious Pluralism. BTW, I am the publisher of this work. 🙂

    We have sold out of the first edition and have gone into a second edition – a majority of which will be for free distribution to non-Muslims and others who are interested.

    If you are into reading, I would suggest that you look through the following site for more books which you may not have seen before:


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