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Imam al-Ghazali answers these and other questions, presenting a comprehensive vision of the human being and the nobility of knowledge, study, and teaching.
The lectures are given in the Anatolian city of Bursa, in the historic Tekke of Karabas-i Veli. Built in 1550, the Tekke was one of four tekkes belonging to the Mevlevi Order in Bursa until 1925, when it was turned to secular use. Recently restored, it is a centre for Islamic arts, music, and conferences. The complex includes reception rooms, a large garden, a graveyard, and a small museum.
The songs, known as ilahis, are performed by Bursa’s most popular group of religious singers, the Bursa Türk Musigi Toplulugu (Bursa Turkish Music Ensemble).
The songs performed are:
Yunus Emre, ‘Bana bu ten gerekmez’ (Sehnaz)
Ebubekir Kani Efendi, ‘Gubar-i payine almam’ (Sehnaz)
Yunus Emre, ‘Gelin gidelim efendim’ (Hicaz)
Mehmet Nasûhi Efendi, ‘Gönül mazhard?r envar-i cemale’ (Beyati arabân)
Nafia Muhasebecisi Sadi Bey, ‘Intisabim tâ ezelden’ (Rast)
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.
Imam al-Ghazzali's life was spent in self-sacrificing service of God and his fellowmen. He left behind him a fine example for all men to follow. He died in 505 AH He remains one of the most celebrated scholars in the history of Islamic thought. His exceptional life and works continue to be indispensable in the study of jurisprudence, theology, philosophy and mysticism. The books that he left behind were the result of an inquisitive mind that began the quest for knowledge at a very early stage
About Hamza Yususf
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf was born in Washington State and raised in Northern California. In 1977, he became Muslim and subsequently traveled to the Muslim world and studied for ten years in the U. A. E., Saudi Arabia, as well as North and West Africa. He received teaching licenses in various Islamic subjects from several well-known scholars in various countries.
After a ten years of studies abroad, he returned to the USA and took degrees in Religious Studies and Health Care. He has traveled all over the world giving talks on Islam. He also founded Zaytuna Institute which has established an international reputation for presenting a classical picture of Islam in the West and which is dedicated to the revival of traditional study methods and the sciences of Islam. Shaykh Hamza is the first American lecturer to teach in Morocco's prestigious and oldest University, the Kairoiuin in Fes.
In addition, he has translated into modern English several classical Arabic traditional texts and poems.
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