Sacred Laughter of the Sufis: Awakening the Soul with the Mulla's Comic Teaching Stories and Other Islamic Wisdom


by Imam Jamal Rahman

Sacred Laughter of the Sufis: Awakening the Soul with the Mulla's Comic Teaching Stories and Other Islamic Wisdom
Publication date: 2014-04-30
Number of pages: 144
ISBN: 9781594735479
A first-of-its-kind combination of the legendary wisdom stories of Islam’s great comic foil with spiritual insights for seekers of all traditions—or none.

There is an ancient Sufi saying that a precious gold coin can sometimes be recovered with the help of a penny candle, meaning that sometimes the profoundest truths are best illuminated through simple stories. So it is with the legendary stories of Mulla Nasruddin, Islam’s great comic foil. Timeless and placeless, the mythical Mulla is a village simpleton and sage rolled into one, whose wisdom stories emanate from a source beyond book learning, and contain several layers of meaning.

In this first-of-its-kind presentation of the Mulla’s teachings, Imam Jamal Rahman weaves together spiritual insights with the Mulla’s stories and connects them to the issues at the heart of the spiritual quest. Addressing such topics as human vulnerability, the rigors of inner and outer spiritual work, the hazards of the ego and more, he roots the Mulla’s stories in Islamic spirituality by pairing them with sayings from the Qur’an, the Prophet Muhammad, Rumi, Hafiz and other Islamic sages. Together, these sources awaken readers' spirits with laughter and inspire them to transform themselves and the world around them.

Imam Rahman then shows how spiritual seekers of all faiths—as individuals or as part of a group—can apply the Mulla’s wisdom teachings to their spiritual lives with easy-to-follow spiritual practices.
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