Gifts For The Seeker (English) By Imam Abdallah ibn Alawi Al Haddad
GIFTS FOR THE SEEKER
‘Sufism’, is the generic term for the inner aspects. It is firstly doctrine, then method, and finally realization. This small work, dictated as a response to several questions, submitted to the Imam by a man who was already himself of considerable spiritual rank, contains elements of all three dimensions.
It begins with a brief but lucid exposition of the doctrine of Unification in an exoteric manner, followed by a clarification of various questions of spiritual method and experience, and concludes with what is the most important part of the book: a commentary on a poem of gnosis written by one of the greatest knowers of God ever produced by the Ba-Alawi Sayyids, Imam Abu Bakr al- Aydarüs of Aden.
This is a book that repays thoughtful and repeated attention. New dimensions appear with each new reading, and these can be assimilated with the benefit of meditation and the maturity brought about by the passage of time. As with our other translations of Imam al-Haddad’s writings, we have depended on the explanations and support of Habib Ahmad Mashhur al-Haddad.
It 1s to be hoped that our efforts at making the wisdom of Imam al-Filaddad accessible to English-speaking readers will make a useful contribution to the battle against the anti-spiritual trend of the new ‘Age of Ignorance’.
At a time when the very criteria which allowed men to distinguish between reality and illusion are being lost, when the truth is submerged under a massive output of trivial and distracting, if not outrightly diabolical material masquerading as knowledge, we believe the publication of works such as this to be an urgent necessity.