The first edition of this book was published in Arabic by the International Institute of Islamic thought in Cairo in 1991. Its introduction was written by His Eminence Shaykh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, the President of the World Federation of Muslim Scholars. It was well received by Muslim scholars, psychologists and laymen since it succeeded in integrating Islamic spirituality and theology with modern psychology, linguistics, comparative religion and mental and physical health. It was reprinted in Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia and used as a reference in Arabic Departments of psychology and education. Its second revised and updated edition was an English translation published by IIIT in London and printed by Cambridge University Press in the year 2000.
The book generated highly thoughtful positive responses from reviewers. Some of them stated that reading it had greatly improved their ability to contemplate and had improved their practice of worshipping. Muslim scholars in different countries have stressed its value to non-English speaking Muslims and have obtained permission to translate it. The book is now published in different languages of the Islamic World such as Indonesian, Albanian and Malayalam.