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Al-Ghazali on the Ninety-nine Beautiful Names of God [ITS]
[#0282 1R2 PB 216pp 9780946621316,ITS Tr. D. Burrell/N. Daher Maqsad Asna fi Sharh Asma Allah al-Hus]

Al-Ghazali on the Ninety-nine Beautiful Names of God
Al-Maqsad al-Asna fi Sharh Asma’ Allah al-Husna
Translated by:D. BURRELL & N. DAHER
ISBN: 978 0 946621 31 6
Paperback 216 Pages
The Islamic Texts Society, Cambridge UK

In this work, here presented in a complete English edition for the first time, the problem of knowing God is confronted in an original and stimulating way. Taking up the Prophet’s teaching that ‘Ninety-nine Beautiful Names’ are truly predicated of God, the author explores the meaning and resonance of each of these divine names, and reveals the functions they perform both in the cosmos and in the soul of the spiritual adept. Although some of the book is rigorously analytical, the author never fails to attract the reader with his profound mystical and ethical insights, which, conveyed in his sincere and straightforward idiom, have made of this book one of the perennial classics of Muslim thought, popular among Muslims to this day.

David Burrell is Theodore M. Hesburgh Professor of Philosophy and Theology at the University of Notre Dame, USA. Nazih Daher is Chairman of the Department of Asian and African Languages at the Foreign Service Institute of the United States Department of State.

This book is one of the perennial classics of Muslim thought. Taking up the Prophet’s teaching that ‘Ninety-nine Beautiful Names’ are truly predicated of God, the author explores the meaning and resonance of each of these divine names, and reveals the functions they perform both in the cosmos and in the soul of the spiritual adept

A selection From the Contents:

1.

Explaining the Meaning of ‘Name’, ‘Named’, and ‘Act of Naming’.

2.

Explanation of Names Close in Meaning to One Another.

3.

On the One Name which Has Different Meanings.

4.

On Explaining that a Man’s Perfection and Happiness Consist in Being Moulded by the Moral Qualities of God.

5.

On Explaining the Meaning of God’s Ninety-nine Names.

6.

An Explanation of How these Many Names Resolve to the Essence.

7.

An Explanation of How these Attributes Resolve to a Single Essence, according to the School of the Mu’tazilites and the Philosophers.

8.

Explaining that the Names of God Are Not Limited to Ninety-nine.

9.

Explaining the Benefits of Enumerating Ninety-nine Names Specifically.

10.

Are the Names and Attributes Applied to God Based on Divine Instruction, or Permitted on the Basis of Reason


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Aim of The Book: Al-Ghazali on the Ninety-nine Beautiful Names of God
Now, a brother in God—great and glorious—to answer whom is a religious duty, has asked me to elucidate the meanings of the most beautiful names of God. His questions were incessant, and made me take one step forward and another backward, hesitating between heeding his inquiry and so satisfying the d...

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)

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:
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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