Upcoming Book Release: A Sufi Study of Hadith

[The book has been typeset and is awaiting indexing etc. It is expected to be released this summer, in sha Allah.]

A Sufi Study of Hadith (Originally titled Haqiqa al-Tariqa min as-Sunna al-Aniqa) is a unique work of commentary on a selection of over three hundred authentic hadith. Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanawi, one of the subcontinent’s greatest spiritual leaders and an author of unequalled prolificacy, translates, interprets, and then comments on each hadith from the perspective of tasawwuf, whether to explain a fine point of theology, or to discourse on morality, etiquette, behaviour, or the customary practices of Sufis. In the pages of this volume, one encounters a side of Islam that is little known and less understood. For all seekers of the truth, and especially those keen to further their understanding of the teachings of the Prophet, upon him be peace on tasawwuf-related subjects, Maulana Thanawi’s work is truly invaluable.

Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo


Comment on A Sufi Study of Hadīth an English Translation by Yusuf DeLorenzo of Haqīqa al-Tarīqa min al-Sunna al-‘Anīqa by Hakim-ul-Ummah Mawlānā Ashraf Alī Thānawī rahmatullahi alayh

(being part of his book  al-Takashshuf an Muhimmāt al-Tasawwuf).

Mawlana Ashraf Ali Thanwi rahmatullahi alayh excelled in every branch of Islamic learning and was one of the Islamic world’s most outstanding religious figures of recent times. Perhaps his most significant and enduring legacy is a renewed awareness, understanding and acceptance of authentic tasawwuf among the masses. Indeed, he is still remembered as Hakim-al-Ummah (Physician of the Ummah) due to his expertise in diagnosing spiritual ailments and dispensing the most efficacious cures.

In this book Mawlana Thanwi discusses numerous subtle and complex themes of tasawwuf derived from the ahadith of our beloved Messenger sallallahu alayhi wasallam. His erudite commentary demonstrates time and again how the principles of tasawwuf have their origins in the primary sources of Islam. Mawlana Thanwi’s approach, like that of his illustrious mashai’ikh, stresses the complete harmony between Shariah and tariqah and their interrelatedness.

Alhamdulillah, Mawlana Yusuf DeLorenzo’s translation now gives English speaking Muslims access to this valuable work. Studying this book under the guidance of a qualified shaykh will increase the interested reader’s understanding and appreciation of the treasury of hadith as well as the science of tasawwuf, and prove beneficial for the traveller on the path leading to Allah.

Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullah

This volume revives the tradition of the earliest Sufis, who  related hadiths from the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) in such core works as Qushayri’s Risala, Makki’s Qut al-Qulub, and Abu Nu‘aym’s Hilya al-Awliya. Imam Junayd has said, “The spiritual path is blocked shut, except to those who seek out the traces of the Chosen Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace); ‘Say, ‘This is my path: I summon to Allah upon entire insight, I and whoever wholeheartedly follows me’ [Qur’an 12:108].” Thanawi’s work is a treasury of valuable hadiths for anyone on the true path, and a guide to many of the traditions (adab) of Sufism in the South Asia of his day. The powerful and vigorous translation of Yusuf DeLorenzo brings to life in English a great many realities of the way of spiritual realities.

Nuh Ha Mim Keller

15 thoughts on “Upcoming Book Release: A Sufi Study of Hadith

  1. Assalamu Alaikum

    Does anyone know when Turath’s other books will be released? I am referring in particular to Imam Tahawi’s Sharh Ma’ani al Athar, Maydani’s Al Lubab sharh al Kitab, Athar as Sunan of Nimawi, Qawa’id fi ulum al hadith of Mawlana Zafar Ahmad Uthmani, and Qawa’id fi ulum al fiqh of Kiranawi. Any information on their release dates would be much appreciated.

    • Wa ‘Alaikum Assalam,

      The book, once published, will be available from http://www.azharacademy.com for those in the UK and from http://www.al-rashad.com for those residing in the States.

      It should be available in mid-June, Insha Allah.

      As for the other forthcoming works, some of them are in the process of editing while some others are awaiting another edit.

      However, there are a few other unpublicised works that Turath will be releasing soon. Due to the complex nature of translation, revision and editing, it is very difficult to fix a date for the release of the book when it involves input from various individuals.

  2. As-salamu ‘alaykum,

    Shaykh Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo writes in the introduction to his translation that he studied the hadiths in this work with his teacher ‘Allamah Muhammad Yusuf Binnori (rahimahullah), and undertook its translation at his direction and with his encouragement.

    Also, Turath Publishing plan to release a number of Arba’in collections before ‘A Sufi Study of Hadīth’. These should be available in the UK within the next few weeks or so, in sha Allah. They can be seen here:
    http://www.azharacademy.com/scripts/prodView.asp?idProduct=2216

  3. Respected Incharge,
    Assalamu Aalikum ,
    I am Nazia Nazir from Muslim family and I have completed my all Islamic study from Islamic Institution of Toba Tek Singh . Today I have visited your website.Its realy wonderful work.I have desire to become the part of your Organization . I am able to do translation work.If you have translation work this is my request kindly contact with me. I am able to do Translation and recording work in some Pakistani Languages.
    Our National Language is Urdu and some other Provinces Languages. I do Islamic Translation work in Low and proper rates in Urdu, Punjabi , Sindhi and Saraikie.I am also able to do Recording work.
    I see on your site that you have working on different Languages in different countries.
    Hopefuly you will Contact with me soon.
    Thanks.
    Nazia Nazir
    Pakistan.

  4. As salamu alaikum,

    I am searching for a pdf of the original Arabic (?) book by Ml. Thanvi (rahimahullah), either the Takashuf or this part only. Is anyone aware of where I can download it or can they send it to me?

    • Al-salam ‘alaykum Sidi Abdullah,

      I am fairly sure no pdf document of the book yet exists. If you are interested in a hard copy of the book, it may actually be easier to acquire. Please let me know where you live and I will see what options may be available to you.

      Bilal Ali

  5. Wa alaikum salam Shaykh Bilal,

    Thank you for your reply. Since I am in Jordan, I am not sure what my options are that are easy and inexpensive. I didn’t have a chance to pick it up when I was in Chicago last month.

    I am surprised no archive site has a collection of Hakim al Ummah’s works, qaddas Allahu sirrahu.

    If you find anything, please let me know.

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