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The Rules or Secrets of the Naqshbandi Order,by Omar Ali Shah

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The Rules or Secrets of the Naqshbandi Order                                       

Paperback - 350 pages                                                                         by Omar Ali Shah  

This collection extends the original version of this book, first published by Tractus in 1992 as a working textbook for the students of Omar Ali-Shah throughout the world. By adding about three-quaters of hitherto unpublished material, mostly concerned with the internalisation and application of the rules, the book takes on a new and more general focus, and is possibly destined to become a classic of contemporary sufism.


The rules themselves, eleven simply-expressed concepts which students of sufism were expected to work over and apply, were first drafted in the twelfth and fourteenth century by the Sufi Masters Abd al-Khaliq al-Ghujdawani and Baha' al-Din Naqshband may Allah be pleased with them, who founded the order. Contemporary orientalists have generally relegated them to the category of interesting historical footnotes, but the genius of Omar Ali-Shah has been to dust off these shelved ideas and show us how relevant they are to our lives and inner thinking here and now. They are not secrets in the sense of inpenetrable mysteries, they are secrets because they refer to hidden or intimate aspects of ourselves which must be exercised to develop further. 

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