The Best Way For The Worshippers
New Improved & Revised Print
By Imam Al-Ghazali
Translator : Iqbal Hussain Ansari
Paperback 414 Pages
ISBN : 9789670729152
Publisher : A S Noordeen (ASN), Malaysia
About The Book
This Book covers the complete seven Hurdles
- The Hurdle of Knowledge
- The Hurdle of Repentance
- The Hurdle of Impediments
- The Hurdle of Hindrances
- The Hurdle of Incentives
- The Hurdle of Impairments
- The Hurdle of Gratitude
Widely considered to to be Abu Hamid al-Ghazali's last book, the Minhaj al-Abidin, is the summary of his philosophy which charts the pitfalls and obstacles to be overcome in order to enter the kingdom of Heaven. Dictating his words to a group of elect students, Ghazali acknowledges his own nearness to death and instructs seekers of eternal life to resist hindrances such as fear and impairments such as conceit in order to find salvation in the essentials of God.
This books is considered by many as a summary of Al Ghazali's Ihya Ulum ud Deen (The Revival of the Religions Sciences ) which is widely regarded as one of the great works for the Self-Development of Muslims and has for centuries been a widely read and respected work in the Muslim world.
Imam Al Ghazali dictated this book to a very few and selected students in his very last days.
Imam Ghazali says in the introduction:
'We therefore looked into the subject of worshipful service, and made a careful study of its path, from its beginnings to its destinations, which are the desired goals of its travellers. It is indeed a rugged path and a hard road, fraught with many obstacles, serious hardships, remote distances, enormous difficulties, frequent hindrances and impediments. It is beset with deadly perils and interruptions, abounding in enemies and highway robbers, and offering very few companions and followers. This is exactly how it needs to be, since it is the path of the Garden of Paradise, and this represents a confirmation of the saying of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace):
This book is considered by Many as a Summary of the Magnus Opus Ihya Ulum Ud Deen of the Imam and the Last Book from the sea of Imam Ghazali's Works.
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.
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