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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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Some of his thoughts are e As a writer Al-Ghazali is quite talented, the point he wants to convey he does so effortlessly and with simplicity. They are weak in their own souls, and are in subjection like slaves to passion and anger. Still it is not permitted to us to know what the spirit is in its real nature and in its essence, as God says in his Holy Word: The sun is warm and dry; the moon is cold and moist.

It is found in animals. To him knowing self is knowing everything. The most exalted in wisdom and the most penetrating among men are far from understanding it, even when they apply themselves to it, both with science, practice and a pure life.

Those careless and indifferent persons, O seeker after the divine mysteries, who from ignorance, stupidity and sin have turned away from God and his prophet, and have wandered from the path of religion, may be arranged in seven classes. Still his writings were less known than either of the two others.


This class regards obedience and transgression as of the same degree in value. There are two arguments to prove that there are such windows in the heart. It has come into this world a stranger, and has descended from its original state to this temporary home, to receive its destiny from divine direction, and for the purpose of acquiring the knowledge of God. The errors of this sect arise from their inability to understand of themselves their own souls.

Seeing that this world is itself a mansion built for travellers, by the road over which they are to pass, that they may make a halt, and lay in provisions preparatory to leaving it again, he is a wise guest who does not lay bis hand upon other things than his necessary provisions, lest on the morrow when about to move on, they take them out of his hands, and he expose himself to regret and sorrow.

And if you possess angelic qualities, whose nature it is to worship God in sincerity and continually to await the vision of His beauty, then like them you should unceasingly, resting neither day or night, be zealous and strive that you may become worthy of the vision of the Lord. There are, moreover, many animals of manifest utility, as the dog to watch and hunt, and the skins of some of them for clothing.

Now listen and learn its dignity through divine power and on account of the greatness of which it is capable, that you may see how precious you are in yourself, and yet how vile and contemptible you make yourself by your own choice. 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.


For know, O student of the mysteries! 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. Only religion can do so, where it constantly reminds us that the truth is found inside of us. Answer, the spirit is a creation by decree of the Lord. Why then do they not shrink in fear and awe from the shining vengeance of the glorious God? Ghazzali’s mind possessed however Platonizing tendencies, and he affiliated himself to the Soofies or Mystics in his later years.

You have now learned, student of the divine mysteries, the dignity of the heart through knowledge, and what kind of knowledge it possesses.

Please try again later. Filled with fear and dread, they became blind from their tears; from their long continuing perturbation and distraction of mind, yon would think they had lost the use of their reason. In the constitution of man’s body, there is an infinity of most wonderful things to be observed. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List.

If you wish, O student of the mysteries of God, to learn the essential facts about death, you must know that bhazali are in man two kinds of spirit, one of which is of the nature of the spirit in animals and which we call animal spirit, and the other is of the hapiness of the spirit of angels, which we call human spirit. He made you more excellent and noble than all other creatures, and to exercise rule over all possible things.

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. The astrologer also says, that the sun is a star, which causes heat and light upon the earth.

An engaging and heart-felt book, very profound, a book to rediscover yourself in the journey of finding the happiness as the author claims: Therefore, when we hear some good man, who has travelled far on the road alchrmy spiritual discovery affirm, that knowledge of the external world, in the sense which we at first alluded to, is a hindrance in the way of truth, we ought to be careful not to deny the truth of what he says.

It is not so; the whole influence proceeds from the fingers and the pen is subject to the fingers. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Happkness Policy. May 21, Shahd Fadlalmoula rated it really liked it. This book is a gem but I don’t recommed this edition of the book the one with a cover of a miniature as it contains numerous punctuation and spelling mistakes.

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There is nothing more delightful than to meet with and look upon an object that we love.

Think not that these discoveries of truth are limited to the prophets alone. If the spleen become affected with any disorder, so that it cannot separate the black happimess Edition: He came in contact, among his contemporaries, with persons who made the same general objections to natural and revealed religion, as understood by Mohammedans, as are in our days made to Christianity, or who perverted and abused the religion which they professed for their own ends, in the same manner as Christianity is abused among us.

It happienss as much as to say, that there are large things, but that God is larger than they are. I especially like his explanations on theology, and Tasawwuf.

The Alchemy of Happiness by Abu Hamid al-Ghazali

Some of his thoughts are extremely orthodox but as this book was written almost a thousand years ago, so had other authors of his time; despite that, the plethora of knowledge that he is, I am sure there is some wisdom for everyone in the book. As the phrase In the name of God is written down by first dipping the pen in the ink, so the thing which God wills, comes to light by mixing heat and cold with water and earth.

But we ought to know that the love of God will never reign in the heart of a man until first the knowledge of God reigns there, and until the remembrance of God becomes unceasing. Apr 06, Ghadeer Sobhan rated it really liked it. This was part of the reading curriculum for the Jerusalem trip. The reason of this is, that when a man looks at himself, beginning at the time when there was no trace or notion of his existence, and contemplates his creation with attention, he sees that he had his origin from a drop of water.

The practical religion taught in these homilies will give a favorable opinion of the state of mind of the more intelligent Mussulmans. He has no power to preserve himself from destruction.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Alchemy of Happiness. But as desire, under the control of the animal soul, would not be satisfied with a sufficient quantity, but would crave to spend its life in eating and drinking, God afterwards committed the animal soul into the charge of the reason, that desire might not transgress the proper limits.

They have fancied that the soul of man and of other animals, and this wonderful world with its marvellous arrangements came of themselves, and that they are eternal; or that they are effects from natural causes, and that there is no creator beyond the sphere of the world.