The Broken Kashkol of Sufidom – Selected Reviews

The New Age and information technology have conspired to reduce all inner traditions to arenas of contention, and Sufism is no exception. In Sufism this has created a cacophony of contending voices that argue views that are deeply irreconcilable. Some of these voices challenge the Islamic legitimacy of Sufism, others ague that Sufism is greater than Islam, yet others argue that without Sufism there is no Islam, or without Islam there is no Sufism.

With ‘The Broken Kashkol” Abu Faydan Faridi has inserted a quiet voice of reason into the clamour. One could say that it is yet another voice in the tumult, but I think that the text provides a sane center point of insight from a highly accomplished wayfarer on the Sufi path that will assist the sincere aspirant to establish fundamentally useful criteria for their own inner journey. From the point of view of an active Sufi this should be all that matters.

Shaykh Ebrahim Schuitema
South Africa

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A clarion call to restore the authentic and irreplaceable essence of Sufism, the heart of Islam, dealing firmly with the corruptions and exaggerations which have obstructed the work of some Tariqas in our time. Highly recommended.

Prof. Dr. Timothy J. Winter (aka Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad)
Dean of The Cambridge Muslim College, University of Cambridge, Faculty of Divinity

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The title of this precious book seems to suggest that it addresses practical problems facing contemporary Sufism more broadly and its Indo-Pakistani tradition in particular. However, the discussion remains rather general, providing a concise and illuminating summary of questions and answers that are of great relevance to the journey on the Sufi Path today. Following the style and manners of prominent predecessors, the author avoids mentioning names in his charge sheet. Especially readers in search of orientation will find the book extremely useful. Those already initiated will recognize this and recommend the book accordingly.

Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Seesemann
Heisenberg Professorship for Islamic Studies, University of Bayreuth, Germany

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“…an enlightening exposition of tasawwuf and a pointed critique of contemporary sufidom, targeting its outgrowths and obsolete vestiges alike.”

Assad Schuitema
Sessional Lecturer in Philosophy, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa