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Holistic Islam

Sufism, Transformation, and the Needs of Our Time
Narrated by: Kabir Helminski
Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
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Summary

Islam once gave birth to a great civilization that respected religious diversity, freedom of conscience, and scientific thought, and Islamic knowledge contributed to the birth of humanism in the Renaissance. Today's world is desperately in need of a spirituality that is free of dogma, based in experiences not beliefs; one that can reconcile the human and spiritual realms. In his new audiobook, renowned spiritual teacher and Sufi sheikh Kabir Helminski gives us a compelling interpretation of spiritual or holistic Islam that will hearten contemporary Muslims looking for a faith suited for our times, and providing non-Muslims a brilliant introduction to this rich spiritual tradition.

Helminksi’s holistic Islam is an emerging force in the world. It is reflected in the rise of the popularity of the writings of Jalal ad-Din Rumi who is loved by followers of all faiths and none. Helminski shows how it is the great Sufi teachers of the Islamic tradition who show the way to this universal wisdom. Holistic Islam is an expression of the primordial religion of humanity that recognizes a journey through levels of consciousness leading to the transformation of self and the mature human being.

While all religions have a tendency to decline into sectarianism, legalism, fundamentalism, and superstition, humanity is never without the presence of realized human beings who have shared the knowledge and practice of communion with Ultimate Reality. 

Holistic Islam is a spiritual antidote to extremism and fundamentalism, established on a clear Quranic basis. Holistic Islam uses Quranic arguments to establish a spiritually progressive Islam.

©2017 Kabir Helminski (P)2018 Kabir Helminski

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Slightly short of excellent

Certainly when the book started I found myself myself nodding in agreement.
The book would have been truly excellent had it not been for a couple of calls for discussion on a basis that in my opinion was either incomplete or poorly formed. The incomplete argument was for women imams that did not sufficiently consider relevant verses from The Holy Quran. The poorly formed argument was around homosexuality and the events surrounding the people of Lot. It becomes disingenuous when apparent calls for reconsideration, to arrive closer to what the Creator intended, are based on arguments of appeal are on incomplete or shakey ground. Otherwise the book attempts to make a reasoned appeal except at times it edges towards a bias against some Classical positions. Nevertheless, despite the flaws it is a worthwhile book to read remembering that the book itself does not aim to be prescriptive and so is open to be challenged on points that you don't agree with.

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This Is The Beauty of God in Islam

Islam in its true form is a religion of great love and beauty. Well done Kabir Helminski

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  • Christopher Serrone
  • 14-03-18

masha'Allah

Loved it! Great book on the need of Islam to embrace it's mystical roots. most people think of Islam as cold, ritualistic and dogmatic, aghstsfirullah. This book sheds much love and light on the true meaning of Islam, Eman, and Ihsan.

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  • Geofredo
  • 16-05-19

Short, beautiful discussion

Mr. Helminski has a beautiful way of rendering the love in Islam through a Sufi lens. It brought me great peace

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  • CShanti
  • 16-08-19

Not what I was expecting

This book was heavy in Islamic law/history. I was hoping for a more spiritual outlook to tie it all together.

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  • Farhan Tahir
  • 12-04-19

Insightful and Extremely needed for current times of division.

An extraordinary effort to clarify the true essence of religion which we call Islam. Love and Spirituality is the core of Islam. Loved references from holy Quran and RUMI. I am
Looking forward to more books from the Threshold society on Audible. Highly recommended for Muslim and spiritually minded individuals.

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  • NasHas
  • 03-04-19

Listening To Hope

Sheikh Helminski lays out the template of a joyful and loving Islam. His message is straight forward; of Islam as the continued presence of a path of love in the Divine, the community of mankind and it's surroundings. This book should be a must read for Muslims and non-Muslims to understand the relationship of Sufism and it's true meaning. He clarifies why Sufism is incontrovertibly part of Islam and that it's message of Love is universal and why some choose to separate it from it's religion to serve their versions of what Sufism represents. Today's fundamentalism as a misguided interpretation of the religion is also addressed and succinctly explained.
There is so much to understand about Sufism as a beacon for our times and I found myself listening to chapters again to fully appreciate what Sheikh Helminski is teaching us. He presents us with a beautiful narrative that links both the historical and current aspects of a holistic Islam. This allows us to understand that the true message of Love is ageless and needs to voiced through our hearts and behavior.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-01-19

Calming and informative

I felt more at peace by just listening. It contained a great deal of information. It was written in a very accessible manner. Thank you for this book.

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  • Matt Bewley
  • 05-01-19

insightful and soothing

I have come to understand better what one version of a modern progressive Islam, that's coherent and based in love, looks like.

I really tend to agree with the approach the author takes. I finished the book I inspired and enriched on a personal level. May humanity come together in unity.