• Holistic Islam

  • Sufism, Transformation, and the Needs of Our Time
  • By: Kabir Helminski
  • Narrated by: Kabir Helminski
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (81 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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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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Excellent book! One to be read over and over again

I came upon this book by mistake but am so glad that I did. This book is precise and yet comprehensive at the same time. It will benefit anyone who’s interested in knowing more about Islam whether they be Muslim or non-Muslim. I am a Muslim by birth but this book was able to answer many questions I had about my own religion. I recommend this book to anyone who’s seeking a way to get closer to the Devine and who wants to become a better more awakened person.
The book is narrated by the author Kabir Helminski. He has done an excellent job in both writing this book and then narrating it.
This book would be a good book to give to a person who’s interested in learning more about Islam.

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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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Beautiful

The author provides great spiritual learnings, blessed wisdom and a deep passion for our Sustainer. The truths are refreshing and inspirational. The content is very powerful! For me personally, he read too slow, however, leveraging the Audible speed options, a 1.4 provided a perfect listen. Thank you for the blessings of this inspiring book and teaching me the beauty of Islam.

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

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Hmmmm I get it but also maybe too far out there

It seems like the author is pinning Islam against Sufism Islam rather than attempting to help the reader understand some of the spirituality that is found in Sufism without judging Islam imams, the ritualistic manner of Islam, and even the choice to wear hijab etc. I guess I personally didn’t appreciate the attempt to contrast it with Islam and I didn’t like the way he mention that imams didn’t speak about problems in our modern world, aspects of spirituality etc etc because they do. I mean just type Islam on YouTube there’s sooo many amazing scholars. I’ll continue to listen with an open heart but also knowing that the Quran is the ultimate truth and that whatever is mentioned there no matter how we twist and turn it, we cannot just add our two cents.

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A comprehensive and candid insight on Islam.

This was a frank and personal look at Islam minus any superiority or deprivation.

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Really good book!

Thank you for writing this book! Wonderfully read by the author! I hope more of this author's books become available in audible!

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  • 01-23-19

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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  • 04-15-19

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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  • Giles
  • 12-27-20

Great book!! Very, very inspiring!!

A very inspiring and thought provoking read, with huge potential to be life changing! Makes me want to delve more into finding out about Islam and the various topics raised in this book! Well recommended to anybody interested and curious about Islam, learning about its true message, as well as seekers of Truth generally!

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  • Samir
  • 12-02-21

No detailed insights into the religion

I find this book to be very vague and abstract on the concept of Islam and what we see today be what may have been. I was hoping for this book to provide insights on what Islam's true message without the cultural or political ideologies which have shaped it today. But instead I found the author talking without saying anything, and only managed to listen to half the book

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  • 01-16-21

Really enjoyed listening and learned a lot.

Loved it and will be recommending it to friends.
Came across it while looking for something else.

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