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    The Message of the Qur’an, Translated and Explained by Muhammad Asad The Message of the Qur'an, the much sought after interpretation of the Qur'an by Muhammad Asad, serves as a matchless aid to understanding the holy book of Islam and provides in itself a complete education in the faith. The Book of Character: Writings on Character and Virtue from Islamic and other sources, edited by Camille Helminski This anthology of writings on virtue and character from Islamic and other traditions has received universal praise internationally. This book will give a profound insight into the qualities of mercy, tenderness, generosity, and nobility that are at the heart of Islamic tradition at its best–virtues which are essentially universal. From the Prophet Muhammad and Imam Ali to Florence Nightingale and Mother Teresa.
  • Through this second collection in the “Songs of the Soul” series, we encounter a world where Divine Grace is always with us and every moment is an opportunity to “begin again” in God’s Name. Whether amidst expansion or contraction, whether witnessing the intricacies of the human body or the canopy of the stars, Camille Hamilton Adams Helminski draws our attention to something subtle yet intoxicating with Its Beauty. Her clarity of vision, as well as her appreciation of the Mysterious, compels us to witness the workings of the Divine within our lives, with wonder, opening the heart to this Love, our very Life, the Source of our breath—this Force that pours through us and knows no boundaries!
  • The prayers recited daily by Mevlevi dervishes

    Translated by Camille Helminski and Mahmoud Mostafa The Mevlevi Wird, the Mevlevi litany of prayers that has been recited daily by Mevlevi dervishes for hundreds of years, is now available in English translation with accompanying transliteration and also Arabic text. Hardcover copies may be ordered through the Threshold Store. Please note the current blue cover version does not include the embossed gold destar.
  • Intimations of the Beauty and Power of the Divine by Camille Hamilton Adams Helminski We offer these reflections on the “Ninety-Nine Names of God,” traditional to Islam and the Quranic revelation, to support the increased opening of our awareness to all the Generosity and Loving-kindness of the Divine Bestowal. The Divine is so generous with the qualities of Being that in any moment they may be perceived in new ways, in varied intermingled resonances, with different hues, to touch our hearts and minds and souls and bodies, and awaken us in awe. Intimations of the Names, as they arrived within this heart, are included here in twos or threes or more, in clusters or constellations of Names, that we, dear reader, might be encouraged to look and witness again the dancing and singing of all the Names, even beyond the Ninety-Nine here expressed, in all the realms of our existence.
  • Sufism, Transformation, and the Needs of Our Time

    Islam once gave birth to a great civilization that respected religious diversity, freedom of conscience, and scientific thought, and Islamic knowledge contributed to the birth of humanism in the Renaissance. Today's world is desperately in need of a spirituality that is free of dogma, based in experiences not beliefs, one that can reconcile the human and spiritual realms. In his new book, renowned spiritual teacher and Sufi sheikh Kabir Helminski, gives us a compelling interpretation of spiritual or holistic Islam that will hearten contemporary Muslims looking for a faith suited for our times, and providing non-Muslims a brilliant introduction to this rich spiritual tradition.
  • The Teachings of Shams of Tabriz

    Translated by Camille Helminski and Refik Algan Revised edition with surah index Rumi’s Sun collects many lessons and discourses from Shams of Tabriz, the Sufi mystic and spiritual master who was the catalyst for Rumi’s awakening. His teachings and insights inspired much of Rumi’s poetry and are still celebrated today by all Sufis. Translated by two noted students of Sufism, Shams’ timeless teachings are presented here in their traditional order.  
  • A Sufi Way to Mindfulness & the Essential Self

    By Kabir Helminski Revised 25th anniversary edition Sufism is a centuries-old spiritual psychology leading to presence in life. Presence is our capacity to be whole in the moment, in alignment with our deepest wisdom. With unusual clarity, this book describes how presence is different from ordinary habits of mind, and how it can be developed. Drawing on the words of the great Sufi, Rumi, as well as traditional material and personal experience, this book integrates the wisdom of Sufism with the needs of contemporary life.
  • By Camille Hamilton Adams Helminski Words from the East, this first in the series of "Songs of the Soul," poetic reflections from the pen of Camille Hamilton Adams Helminski, brings us into intimate contact with nature and the Source of Being.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Translated and Explained by Muhammad Asad The Message of the Qur'an, the much sought after interpretation of the Qur'an by Muhammad Asad, serves as a matchless aid to understanding the holy book of Islam and provides in itself a complete education in the faith. This product ships only to US addresses. If you are ordering from Europe, please contact: orders@orcabookservices.co.uk
  • 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.
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    Writings on Character and Virtue from Islamic and other sources

    By Camille Helminski This anthology of writings on virtue and character from Islamic and other traditions has received universal praise internationally. This book will give a profound insight into the qualities of mercy, tenderness, generosity, and nobility that are at the heart of Islamic tradition at its best--virtues which are essentially universal. From the Prophet Muhammad and Imam Ali to Florence Nightingale and Mother Teresa. [Paperback]
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • Quatrains of Rumi

    Versions by John Moyne and Coleman Barks Rumi's short poems have many tones and effects: some of them are quick, joyful, and whimsical; some are finely faceted abstract statements; some probe the inward space of patience and longing. Moyne and Barks translated these poems using a free-verse style, connecting these poems with great American spiritual poets such as Walt Whitman and Gary Snyder.
  • Raji's Journeys with the Mirror Dede

    By Ahmet Hilmi Awakened Dreams was written in the early 1900's at the end of the Ottoman era by Ahmet Hilmi -- humorist, revolutionary, and Sufi mystic. In this allegory of the soul's transformation, a confused and dissolute young man meets a wise mentor in a cemetery and is guided through a series of revelatory experiences. Raji meets Buddha, Zoroaster, and other prophets, experiences himself in strange new worlds, and journeys through the levels of spiritual attainment. Awakened Dreams has been used a teaching tool in various Sufi traditions for the last ninety years.
  • Poetry and Teaching Stories from the Mathnawi of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi

    Versions by Coleman Barks These selections from the poetry of Rumi express the courage and intensity needed to overcome our ego-imprisonment. Much of Rumi's poetry circles around the mystery of Surrender. Some of it expresses a longing and even a bewilderment, but there is also much that expresses the discipline, clarity, and integrity that true Surrender requires.
  • A Diary of a Traditional Sufi Retreat

    By Michaela Ozelsel This first-hand account of a Sufi halvet (forty day retreat) is unique because it combines an autobiographical account of a spiritual education with contemporary research from several disciplines, thus being a bridge between ancient wisdom and scientific investigation.
  • Selected Lyric Poetry of Yunus Emre

    Translated by Refik Algan & Kabir Helminski Yunus Emre (d. 1320?), called the "greatest folk poet in Islam" (Talat Sait Halman), was an unlettered Turkish shepherd who sang mystical songs which are still popular today. He was the first of a whole tradition of Turkish Sufi troubadours who sang of the Divine Presence, the Beloved, the Friend. His songs/poems convey a profound yet earthy spirituality. His subject is the Heart, the point of awareness where God is realized in us. "I've come to build some heart," Yunus sings. We are proud to introduce this great poet to readers of English.