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 the minds of the intelligent, the science of the learned, and the wisdom of the sage had been united and had been employed since the beginning of the world, in reflection and contrivance, they could not have discovered anything more excellent than the present arrangement, Edition: Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

How many things there are in your body in reference to which you do not know their reality and essence, such as Edition: Still the miserable naturalist, who ascribes effects to the influences of nature, speaks correctly. And although apparently they have no evil intentions, yet because they do not properly respect the holy law, but practice their devotions in a lax way, their course leads them to corrupt doctrines and errors.

Know, thou seeker of divine mysteries! However, the chapters on music and all others are delightful. Ghazzali’s mind possessed however Platonizing tendencies, and he affiliated himself to the Soofies or Mystics in his later years.

But the explanation of this science of interpretation would be too long for this treatise. It is the first step in Islamism, that a man should keep his soul subject to the law.


It gains other delicate qualities from the heart, and from thence the blood channels, which are the veins of pulsation, are supplied. You know moreover that the form which you had on your entrance into the world, and your present form are not the same.

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It is the pen that causes the marks. Happines book touches almost every sphere and aspect of human life and has valuable advice for that. If also man had been created to fight, kill and domineer, it would follow that beasts of prey are nobler than he, for they are mightier in their ferocity and their power of subjugating other animals.

The front teeth were formed sharp, to cut and hzppiness the food: Think not that these discoveries of truth are limited to the prophets alone. Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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. For a full account of Ghazzali’s Edition: Know, that this world is one stage of our life for eternity.

The science then hxppiness revelation, or of infused spiritual knowledge, resembles alchemy, and the science of the doctors of the law resembles gold; but it is folly and pure loss not to accept and be satisfied with solid gold, on account of one’s ardor to discover the philosophers’ stone, which latter knowledge is not acquired by one in alcheym thousand. Those therefore who are endowed with understanding, conscious of the frailty of their bodies should make all diligence to quit this kingdom of corruption and to enter permanently into the unchanging kingdom.

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Let us not regard, therefore, as impossible all those states ascribed to the prophets which we cannot understand: There is, however, a mystery hpapiness the future world, which the holy law has not authorized to be explained or happinesd be mentioned, because it could not possibly be understood.

At the time when the heart of man had control over all the organs and members, and they were all obedient to it, some thought that man was a dweller in his own heart. The knowledge possessed by the heart in comparison with the knowledge of God himself, is but as an atom when compared with the sun.

There is neither any profit to God from our worship, or any injury done him by our disobedience. In our Lord the prophet Mohammed Mustafa, these three specialities Edition: The struggle towards how we can achieve a connection with The Divine.

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The knowledge of God. Wikisource has original text related to this article: This is a brilliant book. Alghazzali has an interesting perspective on spirituality which shines through in the analogies he uses. Their home is in the ghazalii, and each has a specific function, as is well known to the learned. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

The advice seems like the same advice we have been hearing being a part of conservative circles, though this is something that needs to be reminded and stressed over and over again.