this author's translation from Arabic are excellent, and have done an immeasurable surface for English-speaking Muslims and his bio of Imam al Haddad was fascinating. However, this book is a mixed bag. The first portions- concerning the 7 heavens, 7 earths, Footstool, Throne, the first and second sides of the soul, spirit, intellect, etc. are somewhat complex and difficult to follow (I found myself skimming at times)- although including some interesting information (although, as he points out, they are unknown to most Muslims). The critique of the west is solid, if not new, as is the section on the Times. The best part of this book is its chapter on Islamic normative values (about a quarter of the book)- which beautifully depicts the Muslim world-view, of God, of social relations etc. That is what I would recommend this book for. But definitely check out his works on Imam al-Haddad.