NOTE: This book has also been published under the title, "The Thoughtful Guide to Sufism". Sufism is the heart of Islam. This introduction to Sufism describes its origins and practices, its historical background and its spread throughout the world. The Elements of Sufism explains: - Where Sufism originated - The relationship between Islam and Sufism - What it means to be a Sufi - The relevance of Sufism in modern life ABOUT SHAYKH FADHLALLA HAERI Acknowledged as a master of self-knowledge and a spiritual philosopher, Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri’s role as a teacher grew naturally out of his own quest for self-fulfillment. He travelled extensively on a spiritual quest which led to his eventual rediscovery of the pure and original Islamic heritage of his birth, and the discovery of the truth that reconciles the past with the present, the East with the West, the worldly with the spiritual – a link between the ancient wisdom teachings and our present time. A descendant of five generations of well-known and revered spiritual leaders, Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri has taught students throughout the world for over 30 years. He is a gifted exponent of how the self relates to the soul, humankind’s link with the Divine, and how consciousness can be groomed to reflect our higher nature. The unifying scope of his perspective emphasizes practical, actionable knowledge that leads to self-transformation, and provides a natural bridge between seemingly different Eastern and Western approaches to spirituality, as well as offering a common ground of higher knowledge for various religions, sects and secular outlooks. He is a prolific author of more than thirty books relating to the universal principles of Islam, the Qur’an, and its core purpose of enlightenment. His other eBooks are listed at http://www.zahrapublications.com.