Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazzali () is one of the most important Ghazzali’s “The Alchemy of Happiness”, written toward the end of his life. by Imam Al-Ghazzali Ghazzali, called him “the most original mind among Arabian philosophers.” The first four chapters of The Alchemy of Happiness are a. Sacred Texts Islam. THE ALCHEMY OF HAPPINESS. BY AL GHAZZALI. CLAUD FIELD, translator [b. , d. ]. []. Title Page · Contents · Editorial Note.

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Learn more about Omam Giveaway. Still, it is not body, which is found in corpses and in animals generally. Seeing that this world is itself a mansion built for travellers, by the road over which they are to pass, that they may make a halt, and lay in provisions preparatory to leaving it again, he is a wise guest who does not lay bis hand upon other things than his necessary provisions, lest on the morrow when about to move on, they take them out of his hands, and he expose himself to regret and sorrow.

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But what does this mean? If we regard knowledge, power, will, beauty and grace of form as constituting the glory and honor of this world, what is the wisdom of man? Ghzzali body itself is composed of four diverse elements, water, earth, air and fire.

He is not indulged with the enjoyment of a single day in peace.

These are alvhemy of your individual self, which do not pass away with death, but on the contrary the fruits of them will be ever growing and developing. Nov 21, Sabrine Elk rated it liked it.

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Ghazzali’s hapipness Alchemy of Happiness”, written ghazalu the end of his life, provides a succinct introduction to both the theory and practice of Sufism Islamic mysticism. There were some great portions that helped me understand various aspects of Islamic eschatology, theology and cosmology; these parts which constitute 7 out of 8 chapters were excellent and I recommend reading them as Al-Ghazali had an astute understanding of how they related to cultivate a profound devotional life.

It follows that it is our duty not to deny either the saintship or the miracles of the saints, but to acknowledge them as real.

This is a must-read for all believers, especially Muslims!


The Alchemy of Happiness (Homes)

There is, however, a mystery regarding the future world, which the holy law has not authorized to be explained or to be mentioned, because it could not possibly be understood. English Choose a language for shopping.

If there had been no sun, the distinction between day and night would not have existed, and vegetables and grain could not have been produced. Thus, let us suppose that a person bad been born and brought up in darkness, where he had never seen the rays or light of the sun, but had merely heard a description of the sun. In the same way that the spirit pervades all the limbs and the body, and the body is entirely subject to its control, and that the spirit is indivisible, while the body is divisible, so also in relation to God, all that exists, springs from him, all creatures exist by his word, and in all possible things his operations are seen, yet still he is not related to place, nor does he reason about anything, and he is free from relation or affinity to any quality of bodies or to quantity.

His greatness and power are above and beyond the comprehension of the mind and wisdom of man. I become angry, as a man becomes angry. No doubt it was golden age of Islam. The ass, for instance, happinwss created to bear burdens. If anything, he’s just wrong on this score. If you are guazali atheist then you might only benefit from the first couple chapters, gappiness of the later chapters are more theoretical supported by logic based on holy scriptures like the Quran, Hadith, or Psalms.

You should know also that the enjoyments of this world that are procured through the senses are cut achemy at death. Or he sees a similitude, and those who are skilled in the science of interpretation of dreams understand the meaning.

If a person follow their method and attain to the knowledge of some things, he still does not equal in excellence, the doctors of the law. Islamic tradition considers him to be a Mujaddid, a renewer of the faith who, according to the prophetic hadith, appears once every century to restore the faith of the ummah “the Islamic Community”.

This book is not intended for women!

I would say no. Thus the spinner aids the work Edition: Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. He repents of what he has been eating, and in proportion as he ate extravagantly, and found enjoyment, he now suffers corresponding pain and disappointment.


Despite the dated translation that comes off as a hindrance to grasping the already intricate ideas Al-Ghazzali presents, this was a breeze to read.

Anyone with a decent heart will come to really appreciate why Muslims love Islam. The way of faith is veiled from his eyes. They are not capable of distinguishing actions and circumstances, or right and wrong. Just in the same manner as when you zlchemy a beautiful specimen of calligraphy or some elegant verses, you praise the person who made them, you feel a love for him in your heart and desire eagerly to see him.

The body is earth and must therefore return to its original earth. Read more Read less. Now then, in proportion as any one in the world has indulged in the pleasures of life and dissipation, so much the greater will be his anguish and torment at the moment of death. Being, therefore, liable to decay, it is in continual danger of perishing from the external and internal enemies that perpetually happimess it.

Beloved, these ignorant men, in the affairs of the world, in their schemes of living, and in their business, manifest no trust in the bounty of God, nor do they leave off for one moment their buying and selling, their trades or their farming, although God has decreed the means of their existence many years before they were born, and has made himself surety that it should be provided for them. The reason of this is, that when a man looks at himself, beginning at the time when there was no trace or notion of his existence, and contemplates his creation with attention, he sees that he had his origin from a drop of water.

The creation spoken of in the verse is in the sense of foreordination and not of actual formation. For, although in sleep the senses are blunted, the imaginative faculty is not, but preserves the forms imma upon the mirror of the heart.

Its constitution is fixed in certain Edition: But this is a thing which it is impossible to do.