Al-Ghazali on Intention, Sincerity & Truthfulness : Book XXXVII of the Revival of the Religious Sciences (Ihya’ ‘Ulum al-Din)
By Imam Al-Ghazali
Translator : Dr. Anthony F. Shaker
Paperback 112 Pages (Circa)
ISBN : 9781903682791
Publisher : Islamic Text Society (ITS)
About The Book
Al-Ghazali on Intention, Sincerity & Truthfulness is the thirty-seventh chapter of the Revival of the Religious Sciences. It falls in the section dealing with the virtues. Here Imam Ghazali deals with the very important subject of intention, which is of crucial importance in Islam. He asks: ‘How can someone ignorant of the meaning of intention verify his own intention; or how can someone ignorant of the meaning of sincerity verify his own sincerity; or how can someone sincerely claim truthfulness if he has not verified its meaning?’
In the Book of Intention, Sincerity & Truthfulness, Al-Ghazali gives a response to each of these questions by expounding the reality and levels of intention, sincerity and truthfulness, those acts which affirm them and those acts which mar them. As in all his writings, Imam Ghazali bases his arguments on the Qur’an, the example of the Prophet and the sayings of numerous scholars and Sufis.
This book will be mostly of interest to
* Muslim readers
* All readers of religion and theology
* Readers interested in Sufism and spirituality
* Can be adopted in departments of Islamic studies
* Useful to departments of theology
* Useful to departments of philosophy, especially in comparative ethics
About Imam Ghazali
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-Ghazali was fondly referred to as the "Hujjat-ul-lslam", Proof of Islam.
He is honored 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 paralyzed by doubt that he he gave up his academic pursuits.
About The Translator
Dr Anthony Shaker holds a PhD in Islamic Studies from McGill University and is the author of Thinking in the Language of Reality: Sadr al-Din Qunawi and the Philosophy of Reason. He writes on the philosophical traditions of Islam, contemporary developments around the world, and is a professional consultant and researcher.