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The Return to Being: A Translation of Risalat al-Walayah

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Author: Allamah Sayyid M.Husayn Tabatabai | Translated by: M. Dasht Bozorgi and F. Asadi Amjad | Paperback | 118 pages 

"The Return to Being" tells the story of the journey of the human soul from the material world to its ultimate goal Chr(45) annihilation in Allah's actions, attributes, and essence. In this work, 'Allamah Tabataba'i outlines the human-divine relationship and the stages by which human beings can reach human perfection in their journey towards the station of 'being in Being'. The author contends that all human beings have the capacity to achieve this highest stage of spiritual perfection whereby they can witness the beauty and glory of God. Integrating ontological and epistemological principles, Tabataba'i elaborates on the two interior and exterior aspects of realities, including religion, which manifest at different existential levels. The author also suggests spiritual methods to anyone who would like to learn more about theoretical and practical principles in order to attain spiritual refinement and to achieve the interior dimensions of existence and religious knowledge.

The author shows how even ordinary people can reach the pinnacle of spiritual perfection. Helpful indices of Qurʾanic verses and the Arabic text of hadith texts cited complement this inspiring, spiritual work.

Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Tabataba’i (1904-1981) was born in Tabriz, Azerbaijan. He authored the renowned twenty-volume Qurʾanic commentary al-Mizān fī Tafsīr al-Qurʾān as well as several groundbreaking works on Islamic philosophy and mysticism. Additionally, he wrote numerous books on Shiʿa history and doctrine to bring about a better understanding of Shiʿism throughout the world. His writings have been translated into English and numerous other languages.

Additional information:

Author: Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Tabataba’i
Translation: M. Dasht Bozorgi and F. Asadi Amjad
Introduced and Annotated: S. K. Toussi
Paperback: 118 pages
Product dimensions: 210 × 135 × 10 mm

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