Al-Ghazali on the Ninety-nine Beautiful Names of God
al-Asna fi Sharh Asma’ Allah al-Husna
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
A selection From the Contents:
Explaining the Meaning of ‘Name’,
‘Named’, and ‘Act of Naming’.
Explanation of Names Close in Meaning to
On the One Name which Has Different
On Explaining that a Man’s Perfection
and Happiness Consist in Being Moulded by the Moral Qualities of God.
On Explaining the Meaning of God’s
An Explanation of How these Many Names
Resolve to the Essence.
An Explanation of How these Attributes
Resolve to a Single Essence, according to the School of the Mu’tazilites
and the Philosophers.
Explaining that the Names of God Are Not
Limited to Ninety-nine.
Explaining the Benefits of Enumerating
Ninety-nine Names Specifically.
Are the Names and Attributes Applied to
God Based on Divine Instruction, or Permitted on the Basis of Reason
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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...|
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
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