Mr. Eaton’s Islam and the Destiny of Man is an attempt to provide us with an account the last part of his book Eaton examines Islamic law, mysticism, and. Gai Eaton’s “Islam and the Destiny of Man” is a wide-ranging study of the religion of Islam from a traditional point of view. Covering all aspects.

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As a Muslim he has retained his adherence to the perennial philosophy which, he maintains, underlies the teachings of all the great religions. About Charles Le Gai Eaton.

Islam and the Destiny of Man

I read this book many years ago in my youth, but was not really ready to absorb its lessons at the time. Eeaton aim of this book is to explore what it means to be a Muslim, a member of destlny community which embraces a quarter of the world’s population and to describe the forces which have shaped the hearts and the minds of Islamic people. That commitment sometimes manifests as a kind of reverse orientalism, conjuring a static, unchanging golden Islamic past that then must be defended with strenuous apologetics; and sees nothing of value in the constant godless upheavals of the present, as in the image of young Muslims being corrupted by Western higher education “passport Muslims”, he sighs.

Alma Aragon rated it it was amazing Oct 01, The true and the beautiful, therefore belong to this final faith in a very special way. For the Muslim, the Prophet not only shows the way to the centre but in a certain sense, is himself the way, since by taking him as our model, or by entering into the mould of his personality, that we are best able to travel to our destination.

In the second part of the book he explains the significance of the Qur’an and tells the dramatic story of Muhammad’s life and of the early Caliphate.

RulLy NasrulLoh rated it it was amazing May 28, Only with our muslim children will that background attenuate or transform or dissappear, and for that reason I am so curious to hear and read the voices of the children of our celebrated convert scholars, convert imams and convert da’ees, may I live long enough to do so. The Making of the Faith 4. But by any means, this is not an easy read, and though these are just about odd pages, the narrative requires an extraordinary attention and careful readi I have never read such surreal walk-through of Islamic history, law, society and arts before.


It moves an illiterate shepherd to tears when recited to him, and it has shaped the lives of millions of simple people over the course of almost fourteen centuries; it has nourished some of the most powerful intellects known to the human record; it has stopped sophisticates in their tracks and made saints of them, and it has been the source of the most subtle philosophy and of an art which expresses its deepest meaning in visual terms; it has brought the wandering tribes of mankind together in communities and civilizations upon which its imprint is apparent even to the most casual observer.

The author was brought up as an agnostic and embraced Islam at an early age after writing a book commissioned by T.

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A must read for mn serious minded. While many of its themes were familiar to me, Eaton’s elegant restatement of Islam as a totality is very worth reading for anyone seeking to learn for the first time, or those simply looking to do zikr remembrance through study. The Human Pardox This work discusses what it “means” to be a Muslim, in the process of covering a whole range of issues.

I initially selected this book because my referral King of the Castle: Abu Huraira reported the Prophet as saying: The Destiy of Law. This site uses cookies. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

No preview available – Will definitely read this book one day Insya Allah. He is now a consultant to the Islamic Cultural Centre in London. Throughout the book the author is concerned not simply with Islam in isolation, but with the very nature of religious faith, its spiritual and intellectual foundations and the light it casts upon the mysteries and paradoxes of the human condition.

I was initially disturbed by the philosophical underpinnings of the author, particularly the “universal validity of religions” of which the first quarter of the book is laden, but he won me back over with an affectionate narrative of Umar ibn al-Khattab’s rule and from that point on, the few perceived flaws of the book faded away into the background. Refresh and try again. Gandhi’s Pilgrimage of Faith.


Islam and the Destiny of Man by Charles Le Gai Eaton

Common terms and phrases A’isha Abbasid Abu Bakr Abu Sufyan accept according Adam Allah angels Arab asked islak believe Caliph called camels century Christian command companions concerned contemporary created creation creature culture death desert dimensions divine doctrine dream earth earthly European existence experience face fact faith Frithjof Schuon hadtth hand heart heaven hell human images Islam Jesus Jews judgement Ka’ba If light living Llah Lord Martin Lings matter means Mecca Medina mercy Messenger of Allah mosque Muhammad Muhammad Asad Muslim mystic nature never night occidental Paradise perspective political prayer Prophet question Quran Quraysh reality religion religious revelation ruler sacred seek seen sense Seyyed Hossein Nasr Shahadah soul speak spiritual Sufi Sufism thee things Thou Titus Burckhardt told traditional truth Umar Umayyads Ummah understand unity unto verse Viceregent Western whole woman women words worship.

It’s a knowledge based on a clear mind, that’s what we can believe in, what take it’s way to the mind and the heart strightly, a logistic knowladge! You are commenting using your WordPress.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. And the few that were written originally in English are mostly very simple or cover the political aand of Islam written either by orientalists or Westerners who write about Islam as they’re approaching something alien that needs to be handled with as much skepticism and cynicism as possible.

On the importance of the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him. But all o this more or less is what Perennialism is typically thd for, so there is nothing new here.