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 desire to learn the absolute truth about them, you cherish a vain longing; and it is the same, if you desire to know the absolute nature of voice, nutrition or hearing. The second proof of the existence of these windows in the heart, is that no individual is destitute of these spiritual susceptibilities and of the faculty of thought and reflection.

If we knew not what a vision is, and an individual should say to us, that a man, at a moment when he can neither move, see or hear, can perceive events which are to occur at a future period, and yet might not be able alcehmy perceive the same while walking, listening or looking, we should not in any wise be able to persuade ourselves of the truth of it, as God says in his Yappiness word: So long as the spirit works in equilibrium, it is capable of delicate operations and effects; but so soon as excess of heat or cold destroys the equilibrium, the exhaled fluid is diminished, and it becomes incapable of movement and sensation….

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The Alchemy of Happiness by Abu Hamid al-Ghazali

There was also a not great part to this book. His talent lies in making illuminating analogies for spiritual and ethical points, and hence makes a great teacher. Our refuge is in 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.

It is, however, lawful to explain to him the instruments by which it operates. 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.

May 21, Shahd Fadlalmoula rated it really liked it. These persons on the contrary, if an individual fail to treat them with honor and respect, or if in conversation the individual do not address them as, my lord or dear sir, or speak a word that touches their reputation, they bear him a grudge for a long time, and even perhaps attempt to do him an injury. If he carries his load well, without stumbling or falling, or if he does not throw off his load, his qualities are in perfection, and his service is accepted.


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And whenever she has succeeded in inducing a person to follow after her and to decide upon joining himself to her, she takes off her robes from her back and her veil from her head, and immediately her concealed ugliness is brought to light, and the person who had been seeking her, becomes subject to eternal regret and sorrow.

But God has been abundant in kindness to you, and has given you so many servants, and has in no wise any need of you.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. All that is good, noble and sublime, which his great soul had compassed, he bestowed upon Mohammedanism; and he adorned the doctrines of the Koran with so much piety and learning, that, in the form given them by him, they seem in my opinion worthy the assent of Christians.

How then can it be just that you should become enslaved to yourself, and follow your own passions, and ghzaali forgetful of pleasing the infinite God, you should rebel against your Creator and Benefactor, and that you should render obedience happuness Satan, who is your enemy and the enemy of God?

But al One of the best books on religious existentialism, only Kierkegaard and Newman come close to Ghazali in this field, an intellectual approach to religion, building belief as a Dostoevskean necessity for meaning of life in a meaningless world. Alchhemy may be biased in giving this 5 stars – but, I love this book. The knowledge of this world as it really is.

Each day, we would read chapters and the scholars inam then explain it in the context of Islam in today’s America. Know, that the world consists of a certain number of stages between the world of spirits and the future world.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It was designed that by means of these three kingdoms, the spirit of man, while dwelling for a few days in the body, should be employed in making preparation for the future world. If he is attacked by disease, he has no remedy to meet it with. It follows therefore that there is no necessity of your perishing on account of the perishing of the body.

Thus, let us suppose that a person bad been born and brought up in darkness, where he had never seen the rays or light of the sun, but had merely heard a description of the sun. No one knows God, except God himself. These foolish people have not even yet reached manhood.


The spleen attracts the black bile and changes it into itself. The knowledge of the next world as it really is. If we worship God, we shall learn what good it did in the future world; and if we do not worship him, there will neither be any advantage or harm. If there had been no sun, the distinction between day and night would not have existed, and vegetables and grain could not have been produced.


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The invitation to salvation is addressed to the spirit. If a person wish to cleanse the reservoir and to get rid of the mud in the bottom, he must first dam up the course of the running streams, and then stir up and put in motion the mud, and until the muddy water has been carried off by the pure water that gushes up at the bottom of the reservoir, he will not allow any other water to run in.

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

The omissions in the text, which are made apparent by signs, are limited to digressions of the author, to repetitions and to some of the illustrations; so that there is no interruption of the continuity of thought in the themes discussed. Use dmy dates from June Articles containing Persian-language text Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles containing explicitly cited English-language text Commons category link is on Wikidata.

This topic of exemption and freedom, beloved, cannot be perfectly explained, until the mystery about the soul shall have been developed. Many of the same paradoxes and problems that startle or fascinate in the nineteenth century are here discussed.

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Now all these are the agents of the heart and subject to its rule. It is besides a dangerous place, and whoever remains here will perish.

If it should look with kindness upon one who is sick, his infirmity might be changed to health. Set up a giveaway. Seeing then that the knowledge of the future world cannot possibly be acquired, until that mystery is revealed, strive that it may be revealed in your own soul by pious endeavor, self-denial and divine guidance.

Pallia, into French, of his Confessions, wherein he announces very clearly his philosophical views; and from an essay on his writings by M. I have made it capable of receiving the law, and to be a home for the knowledge of God.

Again, at death, the body turns to earth, but the spirit undergoes no corruption. He may have had his doctrine of the future life shaped by Zoroaster, and have been influenced by the missionaries of the Buddhists. 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.

A short treatise of his had been published at Cologne, inand Pocock had given in Latin his interpretation of the two fundamental articles of the Mohammedan creed.