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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The Alchemy of Happiness (Homes)

It follows from what has been said, that it is not a necessary condition of the resurrection and restoration that the spirit should possess exactly the original mould. Beloved, strive to obtain this knowledge, for there is no more precious jewel. While perusing these pages, and noticing how much of the language of Ghazzali corresponds in its representations of God, of a holy omam and of eternity, with the solemn instructions to which we have listened from our infancy, we may think of the magicians who imitated the miracles of Moses with their enchantments.

Being, therefore, liable to decay, it is in continual danger alchwmy perishing from the external and internal enemies that perpetually assail it. Thus, let us suppose that a person bad been born and brought up in darkness, where he had never seen iam rays or light of the sun, but had merely heard a description of alcehmy sun.

The thumb, which is opposite to the four fingers, is shorter than any of them and stronger, that it may be a help to the whole and render them capable of retaining and grasping.

It is, however, lawful to explain to him the instruments by which it operates. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

The subject could not be discussed more at large in this short treatise. But we cannot grow in the knowledge of God, unless we understand the works of God.

But if the soul begin to have an inclination for self-indulgence, to explain away or exceed the limits of the law and to contradict clear and plain knowledge, you must regard it as a machination of the devil and a temptation to the soul. They contain not the Mohammedanism of the creed or the catechism, but of the closet and the pulpit. To him knowing self is knowing everything.


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Shariq rated it liked it Nov 16, As man’s primary necessities in the world are three, viz: The knowledge of self. Future bliss will be lost and eternal misery will be its portion.

By the distribution of this spirit through the body, the eye sees, the ear hears, the tongue tastes, the nose smells, and the rest of the organs are endowed with their proper movements and perform their appropriate functions…. If no remedy can be found, speedily, to recover his appetite for food, and if he continue indulging in perverse notions of what is necessary, his malady will grow in strength; until if he continue in this state, he will perish and lose the joys this world can give.

He knows nothing of what will happen to him on the morrow, nor what action will be a source of enjoyment to him, nor what will be to him a source of happinfss.

His usual stand-point in discussion is equally removed from the most extravagant mysticism, and literal and formal orthodoxy.

aclhemy The occasion of his having a dry temperament is the season of winter. Return to Book Page. While I enjoyed reading a lot from it, it stroke me at the end, when the author was advising on how to get a proper wife, who would cook and take care of all the mundane things, so that the religious affairs of the MAN would be much eased as he doesn’t have to bother with those things It has been reserved to our own times to obtain a more intimate acquaintance with Ghazzali, and this chiefly by means of a translation by M.

About Abu Hamid al-Ghazali. After they had entered, they were compelled from necessity to stow themselves in a dark place at the bottom.


The rest of the arts serve either for the purpose of perfecting the others, or for repairing injuries. Jan 16, Saima rated it it was amazing Shelves: If the kidneys get disordered, so that they cannot abstract the water from the blood, dropsy and similar diseases are the result. The law does not permit it to be explained, but there is no occasion for the student being acquainted with it at the outset of his journey.


Ships from and sold by Amazon. He may have had his doctrine of the future life shaped by Zoroaster, and have been influenced by the missionaries of the Buddhists. Islamic ethics and Philosophy. 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.

Know, beloved, that the sovereign recognizes no other person except the sovereign himself. Man as at first created, was destitute of works, and void of perfection: And unless he stops, he will destroy himself by drinking.

The partisans of all sorts of opinions will be interested in finding that a Mohammedan author writing so long since in the centre of Asia, had occasion to approve or condemn so many truths, speculations or fancies which are now current among us with the reputation of novelty.

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Dec 29, Alex Kartelias rated it liked it Shelves: Al-Ghazali’s Path to Sufism: 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, God himself is one, is not susceptible of separation into parts and the place of his knowledge is one….

Al-Ghazali believed in practical-ethical perfection and that by exercising his God-given capacity for reason man must be drawn to the spiritual alchemy that transforms the soul from worldliness to complete devotion to God. But the kind of mysteries generally revealed to people in visions, are revealed to prophets and saints in the ghazwli world.