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Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazzali () is one of the most important Ghazzali’s “The Alchemy of Happiness”, written toward the end of his life. Kimiya-yi Sa’ādat was a book written by Abū Ḥāmid Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad al-Ghazālī, a Persian theologian, philosopher, and prolific Sunni Muslim. 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.

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A person therefore who does not understand his own body, heart and soul, and yet pretends to the knowledge of God, resembles the bankrupt, who, although he has nothing to eat himself, should yet plan a feast for all the poor of the city. Man in his excessive heedlessness kf himself to be permanently established, engages in building up the world: Just in the same manner as when you see 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 second kind is through the dominion which the heart exercises over its own body, a quality, alcuemy is possessed by all men ghazal general, though prophets and saints for the good of the community, possess the same power over other bodies than their own.

After you have learned that the world is delusive, enchanting and treacherous, you need to know in what way its delusions and enchantment operate.

Jul 18, Yusuf Musaji rated it really liked it. They delayed so long, that when they came to the ship, they found every place in imm ship occupied, and no room for them to sit down. It follows that it is our duty not to deny omam the saintship or the miracles of the saints, but to acknowledge them as real.

It is exceedingly hot, but in its passage to the brain, it loses some of its heat and becomes tepid. If he see any thing more extra-ordinary than a piece of money, he changes color and loses his presence of mind. Ihya’e Ulum-ed’Deen was written by haappiness after abandoning his duties as a professor due to a “spiritual crisis”, which led him to live in seclusion for several years.

He appointed the fingers and the pen to serve the elemental qualities of nature, and subjected them to your order. The spleen attracts the black bile and changes it into itself. The subject could not be discussed more at large in this short treatise.


It is the first step in Islamism, that a man should keep his soul subject to the law. Open Preview See a Problem?

An engaging read until ghazqli chapter about marriage. These are five, the faculties of perception, reflection, memory, recollection and imagination. The book touches almost every sphere and aspect of human life and has valuable advice for that. If the kidneys get disordered, so that they cannot abstract the water from the blood, dropsy and similar diseases are the result. Delight in knowledge, delight in worship, delight in prayer and delight in communion with God are things of this world, but still they are for the sake of the future world.

The body is earth and must therefore return to its original earth. The knowledge possessed by the heart in comparison with the knowledge of God himself, is but as an atom when compared with the sun.


The enjoyment of the ear is secured in listening to harmonious voices. Despite being a brilliant mind, and a thinker ahead of his time, Al-Ghazzali was not immune to the sexism of his age It is not until you get hqppiness that chapter that you realize he is really only talking to men, as if spiritual duties were a gendered thing. In the same manner, all the organs of the body have a specific function. When an individual goes to sleep, these windows lmam open and the individual is able to perceive events which will befall him from the invisible world or from the hidden table of decrees, 1 and the result corresponds ghzali with the vision.

Many devout men in past times have secured this change of the affections of the soul. But if he desire and will to free himself from animal propensities, and ferocious and satanic qualities, he may attain future happiness, will be more exalted and excellent than a king and will be enriched with the vision of the beauty of the Hwppiness. They merely wear the garments, cap and quilted robes of the mystics soofeesand after learning some of their words and phrases, they pretend to have attained saintship and supernatural powers.

The Alchemy of Happiness by Abu Hamid al-Ghazali

His character, and moral and intellectual rank are vividly depicted in the following extract from the writings of Tholuck, a prominent leader of the modern Evangelical school of Germany.


Desire is a standard bearer; anger is a superintendent of the city, the heart is its sovereign, and reason is the vizier. And now, student of the divine mysteries, that you have in general understood, as far as your mind can reach, the being and attributes of God, by having your own soul as an example, it is important that you should become acquainted with the influence of the word, government and sovereignty of God in the world.

When the heart is free from worldly lusts, from the animosities of society and from the distraction occasioned by the senses, the vision of God is possible. Notable early Notable modern Singers. This book, “Kimiae Saadat”, was used as an abridgement to his magnum opus, the “Ihya”. But in the same manner, this independence and freedom is possible in your soul. But I have heard that the mystics say that external knowledge is a veil upon the way to God, and Edition: Vegetables were created to afford food and conveniences to man, and sustenance to various animals.

Clearly I understood at that point, oops, this book was not for me, I am a woman, my role is in the kitchen. Thus sensual enjoyment is found in eating and drinking and the like.

The vizier, in accordance with the information received, will administer the kingdom. If it were not so, how could they be so inconsiderate and presumptuous?

But whoever will occupy oof with anatomy, and therein contemplate the wonders of the works of God, will reap three advantages. The body is but au animal to be ridden by the heart, which is its rider, while the heart’s chief end is to acquire a knowledge of God. Islamic tradition considers him to be a Mujaddid, a renewer of the faith who, according to the prophetic alcbemy, appears once every century to restore the faith of the ummah “the Islamic Community”.