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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If it is walking in the path of the law and of the prophets and saints, it is well!

The first is external knowledge, which every one understands: 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: He made the cupola of the brain, which is the source of the nerves and the mine of the faculties, to be like the vault of heaven and the stars.

There are two arguments to prove that there are such windows in the heart. As that which is perceived by the eye has no relation to voice, and as that which is perceived by the ear has no relation to form, and as that which is perceived by the sense of smelling has no relation to taste, so that the one can be known by means of the other, in the same manner that which is perceived through the medium of the mind or of divine power, cannot be perceived by the senses.

But if he performs his service imperfectly, a pack saddle will be put on his back, as on the ass, from day to day he will be employed as a beast of burden, and he will be carelessly and deficiently provided with food, and poorly taken care of.

For God has extolled knowledge and the doctors of the law; and the Edition: And he engaged with earnestness now truthfully, and now erroneously, in refuting these men. Finally the heart, forgetful of the duties for the performance of which it had come in to the world, exhausted all its energies in building up the world.

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The Lord Jesus upon whom be peace! At death the hindrances that result from the presence of the external senses being removed, the light and brilliancy of the heart come to have full play, and it feels the necessity of the vision of beauty.


These qualities become useless at death. He appointed the fingers and the pen to serve the elemental qualities of nature, and subjected them to your order. And whosoever would attain holiness can only reach it by the path of difficulty. At the extremity of the hands are five fingers, four of which are in a row, and some long and some short, SO that when they take hold of anything, they may come equally together in the palm of the hand.

The Turkish edition itself was but a portion of the original work. If he pass all his days in attending to the preservation of the body, and spend the capital of his life, in providing food and drink for the body, he will not reach the mansions of felicity, but will wander in the wilderness of destruction, without capital, penniless and a naked vagabond. Still let every one who fails of obtaining this knowledge either by means of purity of desire or of demonstration of reasoning, take care and not deny its existence to those who are possessed of it, so that they may not be repelled from the low degree they have attained, and their conduct become a snare to them in the way of truth.

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 I can recommend this book, it is a simple book and has its charms here and there. The greater part of the notions and fancies of most of the mystics, which they esteem as revelations and mysteries, are nothing but vain triflings and pure self complacency; just as that while visions are a reality, still mere confused dreams are very abundant.

If he have pain at his heart, he knows not the occasion of it, or why it increases, or what will cure it. 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. Know, that the world consists of a certain number of stages between the world of spirits and the future world.

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


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Answer, the spirit is a creation by decree of the Lord. This version is considered to be the most beneficial, as it improves upon the past editions by Ahmad Ahram and Muhammad Abbasi.

This treatise on the Alchemy of Happiness, or Kimiai Saadet, seems well adapted to extend our knowledge of the writings of Ghazzali and of the opinions current then and now in the Oriental world. The variations in the measure of a man’s health depend on the variations of heat, cold, dryness and moisture.

Now the body needs in this world three things, one is food, another is clothing, and the third is a home: Death occurs, when, after the ruin of the constitution, the delicate exhalation on that very account is no longer transmitted to the members, and they are all Edition: Despite the dated translation that comes off as a hindrance to grasping the already intricate ideas Al-Ghazzali presents, this was a breeze to read.

It is plain that mind, discernment and reason were bestowed upon man, that when he looks upon the world and sees in every object illustrations of various forms of perfection, and much to excite his wonder, he might turn his attention from the work of the artist, to the artist himself; from the thing formed to him that formed it; that he might comprehend his own excessive frailty and weakness, and the perfection of the wisdom and power, yea, of all the attributes of the eternal Creator, and that, without ceasing, he might humbly supplicate acceptance in his frailty and weakness on the one hand, and on the other might seek to draw near to the King of kings, and finally obtain rest in Edition: 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.

However, his overly-cautious agnosticism when it comes to these and oth His talent lies in making illuminating analogies for spiritual and ethical points, and hence makes a great teacher.

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.

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