Al-Ghazali : Knowledge of the Hereafter
By Imam al-Ghazali
Translator : Jane Idleman Smith
Paperback 170 Pages
ISBN : 9789675062926
Publisher : Islamic Book Trust (IBT), Malaysia
About The Book
All major religions have dealt with questions of life after death, although many do not treat it in detail as have Muslim theologians and traditionalists.
The present text attributed to Imam al-Ghazali was based on a translation of his Durrah al-Fakhirah (The Precious Pearl).
Al-Ghazali gives a much less theoretical description than in his other works, and makes much use of stories and traditions.
Many of these traditions are common in Islamic sources, particularly those giving details of the period immediately after death and the events of the eschaton.
Throughout this book, al-Ghazali stresses on the freeing of the soul from the body, the comparison of death with the sleep of this world, and the eternal abiding in the presence of God.
About The Author
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 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-Ghazali 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.
His life was spent in self-sacrificing service of God and his fellowmen.
He left behind him a fine example for all men to follow.
Imam al-Ghazali 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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