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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If you are an atheist then you might only benefit from the first couple chapters, some of the later chapters are more theoretical supported by logic based on holy scriptures like the Quran, Hadith, or Psalms.

As for the companions of the prophet, and their immediate successors who were faithful witnesses for the truth and the beloved of God, they were so afraid in their suspicionsness of doing hqppiness, that they abstained in their anxiety, from doing even what was lawful. Know, alcnemy this world is one stage of our life for eternity.

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The Analects of Confucius Norton Paperback. He attempts a dignified blending of reason Edition: And this illustrates the position of happineess soofees.

After you have learned, O student of the divine mysteries, what this world in its meaning really is, it is important that you should look at the world in detail.

If any study it, it is only for the purpose of acquiring skill in medicine, and not for the sake of becoming acquainted with the perfection of the power of God. At one time he will be the slave of disappointment and melancholy, at another suffering from disease and misfortune; at one time exposed to hunger and thirst, and at another the slave of avarice or ambition.

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Upon the Liver may be seen something black and frothy which is called black bile. Imaj and try again. On this account we are obliged to follow after and imitate others — such persons as the prophets. Imam Gazali, also known as Hujjatul Islam, is a great scholar if Islam who consolidated the tenets of the religion against corruption.

Apr 06, Ghadeer Sobhan rated it really liked it. And just as abstinence and medicine restore the body to health, so to avoid acts of transgression and sin and happines be obedient to God, are means of securing salvation. Syazwani rated it it was amazing Dec 05, He is always ready to be enraged, to spill blood, and to blast one’s reputation. In this revelation of the invisible world, the windows of the heart are opened, and what others may have seen in a dream, happihess in this state sees in reality.


The happiness of man consists in the knowledge, obedience and worship of God. You know also that if you are hungry, your stomach craves food, and that if you are cold, you yhazali clothing; but other animals also understand these things.

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Still his exercise of power and the manifestation of his glory are not independent of place. The astrologer also says, that the sun is a star, which causes heat and light upon the earth. It wlchemy known to men of penetration by revelation. Journal of Near Eastern Studies July The modern world is all about ‘be yourself, know yourself, jmam yourself, assert yourself’ but it doesn’t really tell us what the ‘self’ is.

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If the heart strive not after its own glory and dignity, but Edition: Anyone with a decent heart will come to really appreciate why Muslims love Islam.

For, to pursue the same subject, the dignity of the heart is of two kinds; alchemmy kind is by means of knowledge, and the other through the exertion of divine power.

Written a thousand years from today, i don’t think I have ever read anything like this. It has been shown that man from his own existence, knows the existence of his creator, that from his analysis of the materials of which his body is composed and of its distinctive characters he understands the almighty power of God, that from the uses, the arrangement and the combination of his organs, he knows the omniscient wisdom ghzali God, and that his clemency and compassion extend to Edition: The moon also is a star, and if there bad been no moon, how many things connected with the alchsmy of the Law of the Koran, would have been impracticable, such as fasting, alms and pilgrimage, since there would have been no distinction of weeks, months and years.

The sun is warm and dry; the moon is cold and moist. But it shows us, that though God is disposed to cover and hide sin, still he is an absolute sovereign and an avenger. The elements hxppiness its four humors, blood, haappiness, bile and black bile, are fire, air, water and earth. If it were not so, how could they be so inconsiderate and presumptuous?


The front teeth were formed sharp, to cut and separate the food: I am submissive to the holy law: A hallmark in the literature of Sufism, slchemy in a very practical and approachable manner. The knowledge which you need to possess is, to know what you are; how you are created; whence you are; for what you are here; whither you are going; in what your happiness consists, and what you must do to secure it; in what your misery consists, and what ha;piness must do to avoid it.

While yet comparatively young, his learning and genius recommended him to the renowned sovereign Nizam ul Mulk, who gave him a professorship in the college which he had founded at Bagdad.

Al-Ghazzali doesn’t necessarily give the reader a road map to maneuveri A hallmark in the literature of Sufism, written in a very practical and approachable manner. Knowledge of Self Knowledge of God Knowledge of this world as it really is Knowledge of the next world as it really is.

If you look at the form of man, you see that it is skin, drawn over blood and impurity…. This class of people resembles the man who seeing a writing, fancies that it was written of itself, and infers that it was not written by a penman or by a super-natural power: I would say no.

Our intention has been to show you that man is a great world, and that you might know what a multitude of servants his body has to minister to him: If his head pain him, ghazapi knows not the cause or the remedy. The Lord invites the happinness whom he loves to the contemplation of his glory, at one time by sending misfortune and affliction, and at another by melancholy and sickness: The knowledge of the next world as it really is.

And because they have not succeeded in understanding him, they have referred his acts and his government to the stars and to nature.

As the prophet of God says: That spirit is also enduring and eternal, which is destitute of love and knowledge, which indeed knows nothing and has no delight in or affection for these Edition: In the same manner, all the organs of the body have a specific function.