A Concise Description of Jannah and Jahannam
The Garden of Paradise and the Fire of Hell
Author(s): Muhtar Holland
Reviewed by: Abdal Karim Kocsenda, UAE
A Concise Description of Jannah and Jahannam – The Garden of Paradise and the Fire of Hell – is Ta-Ha Publishers’ newly printed excerpt from Muhtar Holland’s complete translation of Shaykh [Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani’s Al-Ghunyah li-Talibi Tariq al-Haqq (Sufficient Provision for Seekers of the Path of Truth) available from Al-Baz Publishing. This new edition comes in a small sized paperback that features a concise preface by Sajid Hussain. The preface restates the Islamic understanding of the meaning of life and the hereafter and serves as an important reminder of the inward meanings behind the extremely vivid descriptions of the two abodes that follow. This is important given that the chapter under study has been isolated from Shaykh [Abd al-Qadir’s spiritual classic – something like a Hanbali Itiya’ [Ulum al-Din – that contains everything a seeker needs: a sound understanding of Islamic belief; the essentials of sacred law required to perform valid acts of worship; and a detailing of the states and stations of the spiritual path.