Hearts Turn: Sinners, Seekers, Saints and the Road to Redemption by Michael Sugich
By Michael Sugich, paperback, 372 pages
The process of purification is a process of continuous turning to Allah through the path of Tawba.
’Hearts Turn’ is a singular and gripping exploration of the act of 'tawba', a Qur’anic term commonly translated as repentance. In English, repentance is a forbidding word that suggests a puritanical finality. But in Arabic the term 'tawba' is dynamic, meaning to ‘turn’ or ‘return’. 'At-Tawwab' is one of the Names of God, the Oft-Returning or Ever-Relenting. It is an active constant, an ongoing, compassionate reality that renews every moment we are alive. The process of purification is a process of continuous turning.
‘Hearts Turn’ Michael Sugich, author of ‘Signs on the Horizons’, tells stories that are harrowing and hilarious, heartrending and bizarre, profane and transcendent, and altogether full of hope, showing how people from all parts of the world and many walks of life have turned themselves around toward a higher reality.
Michael Sugich (Haroon Sugich) is a native of Santa Barbara, California, and studied at UCLA and the California Institute of the Arts. He was initiated into a traditional Sufi order in 1972.
Since that time he has studied Sufi doctrine and practice with spiritual masters across the Arab and Islamic world. He lived for 23 years in the precincts of the sacred city of Makkah al-Mukarama where he kept company with many men of knowledge and illumination.
He has been a professional writer and communications advisor for forty years, and has written three books, including ‘Signs on the Horizon’. He was the co-founder of a successful public relations practice and has advised corporate leaders, senior religious figures and politicians.
He has lived in London, Bristol, Cairo and Dubai and currently resides in Istanbul.