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Sufism: Heart Of Islam was published by Harpercollins India in 2010. The book provides a well researched insight into Islam and elaborates on how Sufism is not a religion but a thought process which links the Muslims to Prophet Muhammad. The book comprises of literature, philosophy, and lives of early Sufis, and the major impact that Sufi teachings have had on Muslims for years. Sadia takes one into the world of Islam, its consistent peaceful perspective as compared to today’s militant ideology. She talks about the legacy the Sufis have left behind and how it bridges the gap between Hinduism and Islam. She aptly states in her book that Sufism is the spiritual undercurrent that flows through Islam. The Sufi philosophy is classified into three stages, which are Sharia, the outward law, Tareeqa, the Way and Haqeeqa, the Truth. She talks about Sufis under major Sufi orders popular in India such as Chisthi, Suharwardi, Qadri, Naqshbandi, and Rishis. The book contains Quranic verses and poetry. It is indeed a thought provoking book, a spiritual interpretation of Islam which conveys the classical understanding of the faith. Sadia Dehlvi was born in 1957, in the house of Shama Group of Publications, one of the oldest Media houses in Delhi. She belongs to an affluent family from Delhi and her surname Dehlvi reflects on her long association with Delhi. She is a writer, activist, and Columnist with Hindustan Times who has been actively engaged in voicing concerns regarding heritage, culture, women's rights, and Muslim communities. Dehlvi produced a television show, Not a Nice man to Know with Khushwant Singh, a close friend and associate where they interviewed women from various fields. She also produced and acted in Amma and Family with Zohra Sehgal in the lead, a portrayal of a different Muslim family. The other books written by her are Dilli ka Dastarkhwan- chapter in City Improbable and The Sufi Courtyard: Dargahs of Delhi. Sadia is the winner of the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award and won the Best Journalist Award in 1989.