Civilization of Paradise

Revelation Poems

By Dr. Asad Ali

Civilization of Paradise is both a collection of Qur’an inspired poetry and a fascinating record of intimate dialogs with a Sufi master in Damascus. Poetry, in the case of Asad Ali, is a way of life and prayer. In the state of consciousness from which he speaks, we become the companions of great beings: the Timeless Desert, the Infinitely Compassionate, the Supplicating Earth, the Universal Human. Each of these poems is related to a Surah of the Qur’an, as noted below the title of each poem.

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Rumi and His Friends

Stories of the Lovers of God: Excerpts from the Manaqib al-’Arifin of Aflaki

Selected and translated by Camille Helminski, with Susan Blaylock

Originally written by Ahmad Aflaki, a devoted follower of the grandson of Rumi, this translation relates anecdotes of the life of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, his father, wife, sons, and daughter and his relationship with Shams of Tabriz and other close companions and disciples. These stories are all based on the oral traditions of the early days of the founding of the Mevlevi Order and double as teaching stories that illuminate the way of the dervish. Spiritual seekers can benefit from this glimpse into the community surrounding Rumi and the wisdom conveyed through interactions with him. Many selections include beautiful passages from his poetry, and each selection is titled to assist in orienting the reader and enhancing comprehension of meaning.

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The Rumi Daybook

365 Poems and Teachings from the Beloved Sufi Master

Selected and translated by Kabir and Camille Helminski

When the words of Rumi enter your heart, something softens, breaks, and is subtly reborn. That he wrote the words seven hundred years ago in a medieval Persian world that bears little resemblance to ours makes their uncanny resonance to us today just that much more remarkable. Here is a treasury of daily wisdom from this most beloved of all the Sufi masters—both his prose and his ecstatic poetry—that you can use to start every day for a year, or that you can dip into for inspiration any time you need to break through the granite of your heart.

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Love's Ripening

Rumi on the Heart’s Journey

Translated by Ahmad Rezwani and Kabir Helminski

Love is the meaning of our existence, the raw material of transformation, the glorious way of access to Divine intimacy. This teaching infuses the lyric verse of Rumi (1207–1273), the greatest of the Sufi poets. The poems in this collection, taken from among the master’s many volumes of work, focus on one of his greatest themes: how love grows and matures for those on the spiritual path.

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Love is a Stranger

By Jalaluddin Rumi
Translated by Kabir Helminski

Jalaluddin Rumi, one of the greatest mystics and poets the world has ever known, said, “love is a stranger and speaks a strange language.” And yet Rumi’s message of spiritual love speaks directly to our hearts after more than seven hundred years. This volume contains most of the earlier The Ruins of the Heart in revised form as well as an equal amount of new translations. A quintessential collection.

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Women of Sufism

A Hidden Treasure

Selected and introduced by Camille Helminski

The luminous presence of women who follow the Sufi Way – the mystical path of Islam – is brought to life here through their sacred songs and poetry, their dreams and visions, and stories of their efforts as they witness the Truth in many realms. These writings reflect the honor and respect for the feminine in the Sufi worldview, and they are shared in the spirit of inspiration and hope for the flourishing contributions of women to the spiritual development of humanity.

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The Light of Dawn (Paperback or Hardback)

A Daybook of Verses from the Holy Qur’an

Translated by Camille Helminski

The Light of Dawn is a daybook of inspiration composed of some of the most essential verses taken from all 114 chapters of the Qur’an offered in a fresh, lyrical, and gender-inclusive translation. With the explosion of interest in Islam, many people in the West have become interested in exploring the Qur’an, the scripture of one and a half billion people on this earth.


Inspirations on the Path of Blame

By Shaikh Badruddin of Simawna
Commentary and translation by Tosun Bayrak al-Jerrahi

In Inspirations (Waridat), Shaikh Badruddin interpreted many essential concepts of Islamic theology in an original and personal way which seems strikingly meaningful today. Melamiyya, or the “path of blame,” is an approach to spiritual development within Islamic Sufism that avoids the appearance of piety and challenges the self-satisfaction of the ego.

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Happiness Without Death

Desert Hymns

By Dr. Assad Ali

The voice of these poems is the voice of the Desert in an ardent appeal to the heart of Reality. Each of these poems is also a lesson in higher education from a loving teacher, the Desert. As Dr. Ali himself says, “These hymns have not been written to address any one of the creatures, even though they are exuberant with creatures’ concerns, and their true interest is in them and in appealing to God for them. They have been written in a method similar to physical training, but as spiritual training in the world of the body and the Word.”

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Islam: A Sacred Law

What Every Muslim Should Know About the Shariah

By Feisal Abdul Rauf

The aim of this book is to introduce the English reader to usul al-fiqh, the general principles of Islamic jurisprudence. Written in non-specialist, easily comprehensible language, it summarizes the philosophy of Islamic law underlying and common to the Islamic schools of jurisprudence.

Its objective is twofold: one is to show the modern Muslim that the underlying dynamics of most of the issues thought to be new and contemporary have in fact been discussed and addressed by Islamic thinkers and jurists from the earliest times in Islamic history. The second objective is to help modern Muslims bring this understanding to bear upon their real life problems and concerns, so they can follow and examine legal arguments presented for their worthiness, and separate what is essential and central to their faith from that which is nonessential and peripheral.