Al-Ghazali On Invocations And Supplications
Kitab Al- Adhkar Wa'l-Da'awat
With Arabic Text of the Invocations & Supplications (3rd Revised Print July 2010)
Book IX of the Revival of the Religious Sciences (Ihya Ulum al-Din)
Translated With Introduction & Notes By Kojiro Nakamura
Edited By T.J. Winter
Paperback 174 Pages
Size : 234 x 156 mm
Publisher : The Islamic Texts Society (ITS)
About The Book
A revised edition of Kojiro Nakamura's acclaimed translation into English of Book 9 of The Revival of the Religious Sciences (Ihya Ulum al-Din).
Although prayerfulness and the remembrance of God suffuse all the formal practices of Islam, there are times when the Muslim simply sits alone with his Lord to repeat formulas drawn from the Qur'an and the sayings of the Prophet, seeking remission of his sins and the purification of his heart. The present volume is probably the most widely read compendium of such material, popular not only for its comprehensiveness and beauty, but also for the analytical approach of its author, who explores the psychological and spiritual effects of prayer and the celebration of God's name.
The original translation by Kojiro Nakamura, now Head of the Islamic Studies Department at the University of Tokyo, has been substantially revised and augmented with hadith identification.
A Selection From The Contents:
- On the General Merit and Profit of Invocation
- On The Forms and Value of Supplication and Prayer
- Prayers for Use in the Mornings and Evenings
- Prayers Transmitted from the Prophet and His Companions
- Prayers Transmitted for Every Emergent Occasion
- Appendix I: Persons Cited in the Text
- Appendix II: Some Important Invocations
- Index to Quranic Quotations
- General Index
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About Imam Ghazali
Abu Hamid Muhammad, famous in the world of learning as al-Ghazali was born in 450 AH (1058 A.D). in Persia . He graduated from the Nizamia Madrasah 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).
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.
For Imam Ghazali's Autobiography See:
Deliverance from Error, Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali's and beginning of guidance
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