About the Translator

Muhtar Holland was born in 1935, in the ancient city of Durham in the North East of England. This statement may be considered anachronistic, however, since he did not bear the name Muhtar until 1969, when he was moved-by powerful experiences in the latihan kejiwaan of Subud-to embrace the religion of Islam.

At the age of four, according to an entry in his father's diary, he said to a man who asked his name: "I'm a stranger to myself." During his years at school, he was drawn most strongly to the study of languages, which seemed to offer signposts to guide the stranger on his "Journey Home," apart from their practical usefulness to one who loved to spend his vacations traveling-at first on a bicycle-through foreign lands. Serious courses in Latin, Greek, French, Spanish and Danish, with additional smatterings of Anglo-Saxon, Italian, German and Dutch. Travels in France, Germany, Belgium, Holland and Denmark. Then a State Scholarship and up to Balliol College, Oxford, for a degree course centered on the study of Arabic and Turkish. Travels in Turkey and Syria. Then National Service in the Royal Navy, with most of the two years spent on an intensive course in the Russian language.

In the years since graduation from Oxford and Her Majesty's Senior Service, Mr. Holland has held academic posts at the University of Toronto, Canada; at the School of Oriental and African Studies in the University of London, England (with a five-month leave to study Islamic Law in Cairo, Egypt); and at the Universiti Kebangsaan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (followed by a six-month sojourn in Indonesia). He also worked as Senior Research Fellow at the Islamic Foundation in Leicester, England, and as Director of the Nur al-Islam Translation Center in Valley Cottage, New York.

His freelance activities have mostly been devoted to writing and translating in various parts of the world, including Scotland and California. He made his Pilgrimage [Hajj] to Mecca in 1980.

Published works include the following:

Al-Ghazali. On the Duties of Brotherhood. Translated from the Classical Arabic by Muhtar Holland. London: Latimer New Dimensions, 1975. New York: Overlook Press, 1977. Repr. 1980 and 1993.

Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi. The Unveiling of Love. Translated from the Turkish by Muhtar Holland. New York: Inner Traditions, 1981. Westport, Ct.: Pir Publications, 1990.

Ibn Taymiya. Public Duties in Islam. Translated from the Arabic by Muhtar Holland. Leicester, England: Islamic Foundation, 1982.

Hasan Shushud. Masters of Wisdom of Central Asia. Translated from the Turkish by Muhtar Holland. Ellingstring, England: Coombe Springs Press, 1983.

Al-Ghazali. Inner Dimensions of Islamic Worship. Translated from the Arabic by Muhtar Holland. Leicester, England: Islamic Foundation, 1983.

Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi. Irshad. Translated [from the Turkish] with an Introduction by Muhtar Holland. Warwick, New York: Amity House, 1988. Westport, Ct.: Pir Publications, 1990.

Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi. Blessed Virgin Mary. Translation from the original Turkish by Muhtar Holland. Westport, Ct.: Pir Publications, 1991.

Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi. The Garden of Dervishes. Translation from the original Turkish by Muhtar Holland. Westport, Ct.: Pir Publications, 1991.

Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi. Adornment of Hearts. Translation from the original Turkish by Muhtar Holland and Sixtina Friedrich. Westport, Ct.: Pir Publications, 1991.

Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi. Ashki's Divan. Translation from the Original Turkish by Muhtar Holland and Sixtina Friedrich. Westport, Ct.: Pir Publications, 1991.

Shaikh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani. Revelations of the Unseen (Futuh al-Ghaib). Translated from the Arabic by Muhtar Holland. Houston, Texas: Al-Baz Publishing, Inc., 1992. Second edition, Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Al-Baz Publishing, Inc., 1998.

Shaikh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani. The Sublime Revelation (al-Fath ar-Rabbani). Translated from the Arabic by Muhtar Holland. Houston, Texas: Al-Baz Publishing, Inc., 1992. Second edition, Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Al-Baz Publishing, Inc., 1998.

Shaikh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani. Utterances (Malfuzat). Translated from the Arabic by Muhtar Holland. Houston, Texas: Al-Baz Publishing, Inc., 1992. Second edition, Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Al-Baz Publishing, Inc., 1998.

Shaikh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani. The Removal of Cares (Jala' al-Khawatir). Translated from the Arabic by Muhtar Holland. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida: Al-Baz Publishing, Inc., 1997.

Shaikh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani. Sufficient Provision for Seekers of the Path of Truth (Al-Ghunya li-Talibi Tariq al-Haqq). Translated from the Arabic (in 5 vols.) by Muhtar Holland. Hollywood, Florida: Al-Baz Publishing, Inc., 1997.

Shaikh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani. Fifteen Letters (Khamsata 'Ashara Maktuban). Translated from the Arabic by Muhtar Holland. Hollywood, Florida: Al-Baz Publishing, Inc., 1997.

Shaikh Wali Raslan ad-Dimashqi. Concerning the Affirmation of Divine Oneness (Risala fi't-Tawhid). Translated from the Arabic by Muhtar Holland. Hollywood, Florida: Al-Baz Publishing, Inc., 1997.

Al-Ghazali. The Proper Conduct of Marriage in Islam (Adab an-Nikah). (Book twelve of Ihya' 'Ulum ad-Din). Translated from the Arabic by Muhtar Holland. Hollywood, Florida: Al-Baz Publishing, Inc., 1998.

Shaikh Muhammad ibn Yahya at-Tadifi. Necklaces of Gems (Qala'id al-Jawahir). Translated from the Arabic by Muhtar Holland. Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Al-Baz Publishing, Inc., 1998.

Shaikh Ahmad Fathu'llah Jami. The Call to the Believers in the Clear Qur'an (Nida' al-Mu'minin fi 'l-Qur'an al-Mubin). Translated from the Arabic by Muhtar Holland. Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Al-Baz Publishing, Inc., 1999.

Isma'il Muhammad Sa'id al-Qadiri. Emanations of Lordly Grace (Al-Fuyudat ar-Rabbaniyya ). Translated from the Arabic by Muhtar Holland. Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Al-Baz Publishing, Inc., 2000.

Shaikh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani. The Book of the Secret of Secrets (Kitab Sirr al-Asrar wa Mazhar al-Anwar). Translated from the Arabic by Muhtar Holland. Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Al-Baz Publishing, Inc., 2000.

Mawlana 'Ali ibn Husain Safi. Beads of Dew from the Source of Life (Rashahat 'Ain al-Hayat). Translated from the Turkish by Muhtar Holland. Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Al-Baz Publishing, Inc., 2001.

 
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