Counsels of Religion
The Book of Counsels, the author's largest work, was declared by Imam al-Haddad to be Easy, clear, intelligible to the reader possessed of understanding, and sufficient. And that it contained the essence of the Ihya ulum ud deen, Imam al-Ghazalis famous magnum opus. Thorough and enlightening, this account examines the religious practices of Islam. From discourses on reciting the Quran and abiding by the five pillars of Islam-profession of faith, prayers, fasting, giving of alms, and pilgrimageto the role of taqwa or God fearing in attaining a good ending to life, this comprehensive guide touches upon many essential aspects of Islam. Additional chapters cover Ruinous Things, such as arrogance, resentful envy, and avarice, as well as Saving Things, including repentance, sincerity, reflection, and short hopes. Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Commented on the book as Dr. Badawi was a student of a direct descendent of Shaykh Abdallah al-Haddad, Habib Ahmad Mashur al-Haddad. Those of us fortunate enough to have known him personally consider him a realized spiritual master and sanctified soul, and none can sanctify save God . . . This book is a compelling testimony to the spiritual power and influence of the sanctified soul on the world. It is perhaps more importantly for us a step toward re-introducing the desperately needed path of sanctification.