Mukhtasar Ihya Ulum Ad-din
Translated From the Arabic and Annotated By Hajji Marwan Khalaf
Hardback 477 Pages
ISBN : 9789963400515
Publisher : Spohr Publishers
About The Book
The Ihya Ulum al-Din is widely regarded as one of the great work of Muslim spirituality, and has, for centuries, been the widely read work in the Muslim world. The masterpiece of Imam al-Ghazali, unquestionably one of the greatest thinkers and theologians of Islam. It is divided into four parts each containing ten chapters.
First part deals with knowledge and the requirements of faith spiritual purity, prayer, charity, fasting, pilgrimage, recitation of the Qur'an, etc.; Part two concentrates mostly on people and society the manners relating to eating, marriage, earning a living, friendship, etc.; Parts three and four are dedicated to the inner life of the soul and discuss first the vices that people must overcome in themselves and then the virtues that they must strive to achieve.
The forty books of Imam al-Ghazali’s magnum opus, abridged from its magisterial 40 volumes to 40 chapters (in four quarters) in this beautifully printed and bound volume, delves into all spheres of human life.
The book opens with a fundamental discussion of knowledge and faith, prayer and other devotions, making up the first quarter (al-’ibadat); its second quarter (al-’adat) is devoted to questions of daily life, such as marriage, eating and drinking, employment and the like; this is followed in the third quarter (al-muhlikat) by subtle descriptions of the inner workings of the soul and the human heart as well as the diseases of the lower self; and the last part (al-munjiyat) delineates the paths to salvation, reaching its climactic conclusion in the last chapter ‘Remembrance of Death and the Afterlife’.
About The Author
Imam Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali, 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).
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