THE ALCHEMY OF HAPPINESS
By IMAM Al-GHAZALI
BY CLAUD FIELD
Paperback 114 Pages (A5)
Printed and Published By Islamic Book Trust (IBT), Malaysia
About The Book
The book was originally written by Imam Ghazali in the Persian language. It is a compendium of some chapters of his main work 'Ihya' `Ulum al-Din'. If one consults the corresponding chapters in the Ihya', one would find that many of the arguments presented here also discussed there in details.
'Knowledge of a part is better than ignorance of the whole.' (Abu'l-Feda)
'he spiritual alchemy which operates this change in him, like that which transmutes base metals into gold, is not easily discovered, nor to be found in the house of every old woman. It is to explain that alchemy and its methods of operation that the author has undertaken this work, which he has entitled, The Alchemy of Happiness. Now the treasuries of God, in which this alchemy is to be sought, are the hearts of the prophets, and he who seeks it elsewhere will be disappointed and bankrupt on the day of judgement when he hears the word, 'We have lifted the veil from off thee, and thy sight to-day is keen.'
( From the Introduction by Imam Ghazali)
PREFACE · 7
INTRODUCTION · 17
I. THE KNOWLEDGE OF SELF · 19
II. THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD · 33
III. THE KNOWLEDGE OF THIS WORLD · 48
IV. THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE NEXT WORLD · 57
V. CONCERNING MUSIC AND DANCING AS AIDS TO THE RELIGIOUS LIFE · 73
VI. CONCERNING SELF-EXAMINATION AND THE RECOLLECTION OF GOD · 86
VII. MARRIAGE AS A HELP OR HINDRANCE TO THE RELIGIOUS LIFE · 101
VIII. THE LOVE OF GOD · 117
About The Author
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.
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