The Invocation of God - Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya


About The Book

In describing al-Wabil al-Sayyib, here translated into English for the first time asIbn Qayyim al-Jawziyya on the Invocation of God, the author says, ‘We have mentioned [in it] nearly one hundred benefits of remembrance of God [dhikr], and the secrets of remembrance. This is a book of great usefulness.’ Written in the fourteenth century by the renowned theologian Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, this treatise movingly details the many blessings of the remembrance of God.

Through discussions of the ego, the nature of the body, the ephemerality of the world, the degrees of prayer, fasting, charity, and the purification of the heart, this beautifully written work is a genuine contribution to Muslim spirituality. What makes Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya on the Invocation of God of great interest is that it illustrates the spiritual life of Ibn Qayyim and of his teacher, the Hanbalite reformer Ibn Taymiyya (1263 AH/1328 AD).

A Selection from the Table of Contents

  • The Paths to Happiness
  • The Love of God
  • Ephemerality of the World
  • Divine Oneness the Key to Heaven
  • Three Kinds of Hearts
  • The Many Benefits of Remembrance
  • Remembrance and Supplication
  • Appendix I: The Arabic Text of Recommended Invocations
  • Appendix II: Biographical Notes
  • Appendix III: Concerning the Breath of the One Fasting
  • Index of Qur’anic Quotations.​

About The Author

Muhammad ibn Abu Bakr (also known as Ibn al-Qayyim ("The son of the principal") or Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah ("Son of the principal of the (school of) Jawziyyah")) (1292–1350 CE / 691 AH–751 AH) was an Arab Sunni Islamic jurist, commentator on the Qur'an and theologian.

Although he is sometimes referred to as "the scholar of the heart", given his extensive works pertaining to human behavior and ethics, Ibn al-Qayyim's scholarship was focused on the sciences of Hadith and Fiqh.

About The Translator

Michael Abdurrahman Fitzgerald has assisted in the research and annotation for a number of works and is the co-translator of The Invocation of God.