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Al-Ghazali; The Alchemist of Happiness (Video DVD Film)
[80 Min, Producer:OVIDIO SALAZAR, EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: TJ WINTER & PS GILDERS, Matmedia Productions (]

Al-Ghazali; The Alchemist of Happiness (Video DVD Film)

Al-Ghazali - The Alchemist of Happiness Video DVD
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: TJ WINTER & PS GILDERS
A Film PRODUCED & DIRECTED BY OVIDIO SALAZAR

Running Time 80mins Approx
© Matmedia Productions

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SPECIAL FEATURES:
ADDITIONAL INTERVIEWS WITH SHAYKH HAMZA YUSUF & DR. KARIM D. CROW

This film sets out to discover who al-Ghazali was and whether we, living in the 21st century, can still find relevance in his teaching.

 

Born in 1058 in Tus, Khorasan, in present-day Iran, Abu Hamid al-Ghazali was one of the most original thinkers the world has known. Besides being a major influence in the Muslim world, the West has also felt his effect. He influenced major figures of medieval philosophy such as Thomas Aquinas and Moses Maimonides, who shaped the philosophy of the Latin West. As the author of some 250 books on topics ranging from theology and ethics to metaphysics and philosophy, al-Ghazali came to be known as ‘Proof of Islam’. For almost a thousand years he has served as an inspiration for spiritual seekers everywhere as he was someone, like the Buddha, willing to give up everything: wealth, position, family and comfort in order to search for Truth.

with Robert Powell as the voice of al-ghazali
FEATURING:GHORBAN NADJAFI, DARYUSH ARJMAND, MITRA HAJJAR, ABDOLREZA KERMANI
Director of Photography: Mahmoud Kalari
Art Direction: Malak Khazai
Screenplay: Simon van der Borgh
Editor: Gabriela Enis
Music: Dirk Campbell
 

'The film is a remarkable achievement, capturing not only the drama of Ghazali’s life and the texture of the world in which he lived, but also skilfully distilling the significance of major themes in his writings. This is no small feat: the art of dramatizing ideas. I cannot wait to show it in my courses on Medieval Muslim Thought.' - FAROUK MITHA University of Victoria, Canada

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About Imam Ghazali
Abu Hamid Muhammad, famous in the world of learning as al-Ghazzal was born in 450 AH (1058 A.D). in Persia . He graduated from the Nizamia Madressa at Nishapur, with distinction.a very famous educational institution in Nishapur. Later he was appointed as a teacher at the Nizamia College in Baghdad, where he proved very successful in imparting knowledge to the scholars under his care. This valuable gift of sustaining interest of his pupils and passing on his knowledge to them made him so famous that students from all parts of the country flocked to study under him.
Imam al-Ghazzali was fondly referred to as the "Hujjat-ul-lslam", Proof of Islam, He is honoured as a scholar and a saint by learned men all over the world.

Al-Ghazali is generally acclaimed as the most influential thinker of the Classical period of Islam, in his autobiography The Deliverance from Error, the Imam describes his education and his intellectual crisis, which left him so paralysed by doubt that he he gave up his academic pursuits and worldly interests and became a wandering ascetic. This was a process (period) of mystical transformation. Later, he resumed his teaching duties, but again left these. An era of solitary life, devoted to contemplation and writing then ensued, which led to the authorship of a number of everlasting books (Many of which have been translated in English)
 
For Imam Ghazali's Autobiography See: Al Munqidh min al-Dalal al-Ghazali's Path to Sufism, His Deliverance from Error, Iman Abu Hamid al-Ghazali's autobiography


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O Allah,  I  beg of You steadfastness of faith, determination to follow the path of virtue, gratitude for Your gifts and and ability to worship You well;  and I beg of You a truthful tongue, sound heart and upright conduct, and I seek Your protection from the mischief  of things which You know and I  beg of You the good of what You know; and I ask for Your forgiveness for my sins which are known to you; verily You are fully aware of all hidden things
Al Hisnul Hasin By Muhammad Al-Jazri (791 AH)|Dua's&dhikr]| 
 

 

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 In equivocal cases the believer must seek clarification until the truth becomes clear to him. For he may not embark upon an act of obedience without knowledge and intention, while if he leaves it undone he is a sinner, since it is sinful to ignore a necessary duty.  Ibn Taymiyah