A Labyrinth of Kingdoms: 10,000 Miles through Islamic Africa by Steve Kemper

By Steve Kemper

A real tale that competitors the travels of Burton or Stanley for pleasure, and surpasses them in medical achievements.

In 1849 Heinrich Barth joined a small British day trip into unexplored areas of Islamic North and imperative Africa. one after the other his partners died, yet he carried on by myself, ultimately attaining the fabled urban of gold, Timbuktu. His five-and-a-half-year, 10,000-mile experience ranks one of the maximum trips within the annals of exploration, and his discoveries are thought of critical by way of smooth students of Africa.

Yet due to moving politics, eu preconceptions approximately Africa, and his personal thorny character, Barth has been nearly forgotten. most of the people hasn't ever heard of him, his epic trip, or his still-pertinent observations approximately Africa and Islam; and his huge five-volume Travels and Discoveries in North and critical Africa is uncommon even in libraries. by way of providing the 1st biography on Barth in English, Steve Kemper is going far to rescue this attention-grabbing determine from obscurity.

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The only way to avoid falling into this trap is to identify the whisperings of Satan in time, and to then seek refuge in Allah. An accurate recognition of these insinuations can be made if one is well aware of Satan's characteristics, tactics and snares. The only source in which to seek guidance in these matters is the Qur'an. In the pages that follow, we shall examine the methods of deception Satan employs to lead people away from the path of Allah, as they are outlined in the verses of the Qur'an.

Up to the present day, billions have worked so hard, acquired property and wealth, only to die in the end, leaving all they strove for behind them. Those now living have learned nothing from the example of those who came before them, who ignorantly stored up goods and wealth as if they would never die. Satan also seeks to corrupt believers by portraying to them the life of this world as something of greater value than it is and as being enduring. In non-believers, and those weak in faith, he instills fear of poverty.

Surat al-Hashr, 18-19) As a precaution against a forgetfulness and absent-mindedness, believers must never forget to have Allah in mind, fear Him and aim for His good pleasure, and not be deluded by the transient allurements of this world. Unless a person constantly bears these truths in mind, he will become defenseless against Satan. He Encourages Sentimentality Sentimentality is the instance of a person's emotions becoming carried to a level beyond that prescribed in the Qur'an, to the point of being ruled by one's emotions instead of his reason.

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