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"A great tool for self-development"

posted Sep 6, 2011, 9:19 PM by Hazem Said   [ updated Sep 21, 2011, 5:14 AM ]

“Seeking peace” is a great tool for self-development in general and spiritual development in particular. And in a world that is pervaded by materialism and anxiety, people are in dire need for spiritual revival.

Peace is a foundational Islamic concept and a vital human need, and together with justice constitute the cornerstone of the divine guidance and purpose. 

There hath come to you from Allah a (new) light and a perspicuous Book,- Wherewith Allah guideth all who seek His good pleasure to ways of peace and safety [5, 15-16]

And the prophet linked the success of his mission to the prevalence of peace.

The book covers the various aspects of peace in the right sequence, starting with inner peace (peace with God and with oneself) to global peace.

There are countless books of hadith especially in Arabic and in other languages that are prevalent in the Muslim World. And the hadiths have very compelling meaning/message and are almost self-explanatory. But the value that the book adds is in the thematic and systematic selection/compilation and in the comments that are very relevant to our time and to the younger generations. That’s what makes it a great resource for self-development. Indeed, being at peace with oneself and with one’s environment is a requirement for anyone who aspires to realize his or her full potential and become a difference-maker.

The book is also special because it breaks some taboos that are crippling the Muslim mind and precluding the renaissance of the Muslim community. It does so by daring to go directly to the sources of guidance rather than relying on the Islamic literature, and by daring to comment on the hadith, something that has been the exclusive domain of scholars.

None of this comes as a surprise to me having known the authors as very promising young leaders. 

Souheil Ghannouchi, PhD - American Muslim Leader and Author of "Muslim American Renaissance Project"