In this autobiography the atmosphere of an Iraq in transition is brought to life with all its sights, sounds and political realities. But the authors personal concern and quest has always been spiritual rather than political, so the national and cultural upheavals are used as a backdrop for his own journey of self discovery and search for truth. An acknowledged Master of several Sufi orders, his main aim now is to make accessible to younger generations the original Islamic transactional way of life (Din), through the discovery of the root and foundation of the Divine message; a message which transcends political, national, even religious realities. For anyone interested in how Iraq got to where it is now, in how Muslims regard their history, and in how the message of Islam meets both individual needs and that of the world today, this is a timely and thought-provking book.
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A new dawn has appeared in spiritual travelogue with the publication of Son of Karbala. It deserves a place among the great spiritual odysses of our time, right next to Gurdjieff's Meetings with Remarkable Men, which it at once resembles and exceeds in its honesty and clarity. ~ Professor Bruce B. Lawrence, Duke University, Durham NC
A riveting autobiography that describes in moving prose and with a strong sense of narrative the life of an exceptionally gifted member of the religious and social aristocracy of that city. It is also emblematic of the life of a deeply rooted present day Muslim thrown into the chaos of the modern world but able finally to find his moorings and return with even greater certitude than before to the world of faith. ~ Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University, Washington DC.
A highly instructive and thoroughly enjoyable book that can benefit the reader at any number of levels. It tells a number of stories and carries multiple messages within it. But it is ultimately the sense that serenity and success is assured if one pursues the inner life with sincere determination and purpose. ~ Ali Allawi, Minister of Finance in the Republic of Iraq