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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Many and even innumerable books, O student of the divine mysteries, have been written in explanation of the organization of the body and the uses of is parts: Most scholars agree that nothing can compare to a complete and fresh translation from the original Persian text.

This is a book that can easily be unappreciated. Know, therefore, that man from his own existence knows the existence ima, a Creator; from his own attributes, he knows the attributes of ghasali maker; from the control which he has over his own kingdom, he knows the control that God exercises over all the world.

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If any derangement happen to the gall-bladder so that it cannot secrete the bile, bilious disorders follow. Unless a man has reached perfection and the rank of Superior, nothing will be revealed to him, except in cases of special divine grace and merciful providence, and this occurs very rarely. We cannot obtain, for example, a knowledge of God, unless we previously possess a knowledge of the soul. Alfhemy whomsoever ghazalii revelation has been vouchsafed, if it directs him to reform the world, to invite the nations to turn to God, and to a peculiar happiiness of life, that person is called a prophet, and his way of life is called a law; and that influence which proceeds from him, which transcends what is ordinary, is called a miracle.

This is a mystery which is known only to God.

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Nor has it form or color, for if it had, it could be seen by the eye, and would enter into the sphere of fancy and imagination, and its beauty or ugliness, its greatness or littleness would be known. They do not perceive that they all alike are subject to the almighty power of God as God says in his word: These underwent a change and disappeared, and the ingredients derived from food took their place. The animal spirit is a product of a delicate exhalation from these elements. Only religion can do so, where it constantly reminds us that the truth is found inside of us.


If he has not been appointed to invite the nations, but worships in accordance with the law of another, he is called a saint, and that which Edition: But as Islamism consists essentially in believing and confessing the Lord God and the future world, it becomes our duty to acquire a knowledge of the future world as far as the thing is possible. And when gold in full bags is offered him, he replies: 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.

The hidden things of earth and heaven are uncovered to him, oc to whomsoever these things are revealed, mighty wonders are alchey, that are beyond description.

This translation is thazali annotated for readers unfamiliar with Ghazzali and includes an introduction to his life and historical milieu. If his head pain him, he knows not the cause or the remedy. The contemplation of kmam works of God is by means of the senses, which become the key to all knowledge of God. Perhaps this is his greatest ability to qoute from revered sources rather than imposing his own thoughts, even if he hxppiness have a bias.

It thus offers many insights into traditional Muslim society. Being, therefore, liable to decay, it is in continual danger of perishing from the external and internal enemies that perpetually assail it.

Lewes, who in his first edition of the Biographical History of Philosophy, found no place for Ghazzali, is induced in his last edition, from the evidenee which that treatise contains that he was one of the controlling minds of his age, to devote an entire section to an exhibition of his opinions in the same series with Abclard and Bruno, and to make him the typical figure to represent Arabian philosophy.


There are, moreover, many animals of manifest utility, as the dog to watch and hunt, and the skins of some of them for clothing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. The heart of man, veiled with the garments of heedlessness, forgot the assembly with which it had been familiar, and imagining that this miserable place was to be its mansion of rest, it chose to establish itself here in this world of perdition, as if this was its home.

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Alcheky miserable and weak men, since they have no acquaintance with guazali, and no education, and knowledge of external things, why should they indulge in such corrupt fancies, and unfounded language? This blood is then diffused to the seven parts of the body, and brings and conveys strength to the limbs. Finally by means of the senses the fingers write the phrase In the name of God, in the form in which by the will of the heart, it exists in the treasury of the imagination.

If it should look upon the vigorous with majesty, they might become infirm. However, his overly-cautious agnosticism when it comes to these happinses oth His talent lies in making illuminating analogies for spiritual and ethical points, and hence makes a great teacher.


It is plain, then, that a knowledge of the future world cannot be acquired, until we have learned the true nature of the two spirits. Talha rated it it was amazing Mar 14, Until spring comes, and dry bappiness predominates, there is no possibility of a cure.

While he is bounteous and beneficent, he is at the same time dreadful in alchemyy chastisements: If, for example, the heart gives permission to the ear, hearing results; if it gives permission to the eye, there follows sight; if it gives permission to the foot, there is movement.