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Author QuotedMartin Lings
Title QuotedMoslem saint of the twentieth century : Shaikh Ahmad al-'Alawi : his spiritual heritage and legacy
Date (Year/Month/Day)1963/10/18
ImprintLondon : Allen & Unwin. [1961]
QuotationFirst of all, thank you for the remarkable book on Ahmad Al-'Alawi [Martin Lings, A Modern Saint of the Twentieth Century; Shaikh Ahmad Al-'Alawi, 1961]. I want to say how deeply moved and impressed I was with this book, from beginning to end. I had a chance to read it at leisure and thoughtfully in the hospital, and I am convinced that this is certainly one of the major religious figures of our time. I am very open to the vigorous clarity and the depth of his religious vision, and I must say that there is little in the book that I cannot heartily accept, I look forward to reading it again more slowly and meditatively. I am surprised that Louis Massignon made so few references to Ahmad Al-'Alawi.
Quotation SourceThe Hidden Ground of Love: The Letters of Thomas Merton on Religious Experience and Social Concerns.; Selected and edited by William H. Shannon. / New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. 1985, p. 55
Letter toAbdul Aziz
Link to Merton's Copy 52087 

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