Hayward, CA (PressExposure) April 29, 2009 -- Today, the ancient manuscripts that still hold a trace of this important civilization lie unread and untranslated and in many cases lost, damaged or carted away to various museums. These works, whose subjects cover every topic of human endeavor, are indicative of the high level of civilization attained by the people of West African during the Middle Ages and early modern period. They are also an important element of the religion and culture of this once fortunate land which survived the colonial experience.
Imam al-Harith al-Muhasibi's Risala al-Mustarshidin or Treatise for the Seekers of Guidance is one such manuscript that has fortunately been translated and its rich reserves of knowledge shared with readers today. The translation, notes, and commentary of Treatise For The Seekers Of Guidance by Zaid Shakir is intended to serve as a layman's guide to Islamic spirituality.
Al - Muhasibi presents most of the major ideas that would both serve as the basis for a full program of spiritual development and comprise an insightful overview of a system of Islamic moral psychology. He examines in great depth and penetrating insight the psychological motivations and justifications for moral thought and action and correspondingly the associated bases of immorality. In so doing, he has provided a road map that any person can follow to overcome the guiles of his fundamental enemies: the world, the ego, the whims of the soul, and Satan.