Examining commentaries on this text, from Sankara to Abdur Rahman Chishti, alongside some renderings of the Quran here, Moosa Raza finds many common threads: summoning God through sadhana or dhikr; reaching God through daan or giving and the service of the destitute; and seeking ecstasy through self-mastery, detachment and surrender. These original observations are complemented by his encounters with people practising these values, like his ailing school teacher who felt God was always beside him or his friend, a senior civil servant, who, trusting in Allahs providence, kept an open home for the poor and the homeless. Through these experiences and his own striving, Raza celebrates the oneness and power of faith and spirituality, showing a path for other seekers.
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Moosa Raza retired from the IAS, is a polyglot and a respected scholar of Islam. He was principal secretary to the chief minister of Gujarat, Chief Secretary in Jammu and Kashmir and an advisor to the Governor of UP and Secretary to the Government of India in the Cabinet Secretariat and in the Ministry of Steel. Currently, he is the chairman of the South Indian Educational Trust (S.I.E.T.), which runs six educational institutions and also Chairman of the Executive Committee of Coastal Energen Pvt. Ltd. In 2010, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan. He lives with his wife in Chennai.
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