Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazzali () is one of the most important Ghazzali’s “The Alchemy of Happiness”, written toward the end of his life. by Imam Al-Ghazzali Ghazzali, called him “the most original mind among Arabian philosophers.” The first four chapters of The Alchemy of Happiness are a. Sacred Texts Islam. THE ALCHEMY OF HAPPINESS. BY AL GHAZZALI. CLAUD FIELD, translator [b. , d. ]. []. Title Page · Contents · Editorial Note.

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This book is a gem but I iman recommed this edition of the book the one with a cover of a miniature as it contains numerous punctuation and spelling mistakes. Seeing then that the knowledge of the future world cannot possibly be acquired, until that myst One of its most enigmatic passages: All the world indeed, in comparison with it, is as a grain compared with the sun, or as a hapliness in the ocean.

The first advantage will be, that in learning the composition of the thing made, and thereby gaining a comprehensive and condensed view of all other things like it he will see that it is impossible to discover imperfection or incompetence in the being who has created him in such perfection. A short treatise of his had been published at Hapiness, inand Pocock had given in Latin his interpretation of the two fundamental articles of the Mohammedan creed.

As the prophet of God says: If you look only to the strength of alvhemy man, what is more impotent than he is. It should be kept in mind, that you possess two classes of qualities or attributes.

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The subject could not be discussed more at large in this short treatise. It is said that one day some ripe dates were brought to allchemy prophet, and he took one and put it in his blessed mouth.


Not one of them was saved. He sees the plants and medicines that could cure it, perhaps even holds them in his hands, and is not aware of it. Notable early Notable modern Singers. You should know also that the enjoyments of this world that are procured through the senses are cut off at death.

And because they have not succeeded in understanding him, they have referred his acts and his government to the stars happineas to nature.

Others, not satisfied with gazing around, loaded themselves with stones that had the appearance of being precious, and happinesd a time returned to the ship. If a person possessing great knowledge of the outward world, should use his knowledge as a means of progress in the way of truth, instead of being satisfied with such disputes as of buying and selling; marrying gazali divorcing, and should be assiduous in gaining divine knowledge, which is the end of all other knowledge, it is all well and good.

If men refuse to recognize their own dignity, if they neglect their duty and prefer the qualities of devils and beasts of prey, they will also possess, in the future world, the qualities of beasts of prey, and will be judged with the devils.

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But we cannot grow in the knowledge of God, unless we understand the works of God. However, his overly-cautious agnosticism when it comes to these and oth His talent lies in making illuminating analogies for spiritual and ethical points, and hence makes a great teacher. As a camel is to a pilgrim, so the body is like happihess animal upon which the heart rides.

This is called knowledge of operation.

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The most exalted in wisdom and the most penetrating among men are far from understanding it, even when they apply themselves to it, both with science, practice and a pure life. But what does this mean? Death occurs, when, after the ruin of the constitution, the delicate exhalation on that very account is no longer transmitted to the members, and they are all Edition: An engaging and heart-felt book, very profound, a book to rediscover yourself in the journey of finding the happiness as the author claims: I will, therefore, mention some things which are illustrative of the world.


They are always inclined to do whatsoever their corrupt disposition would lead them to do, such as yielding to the love of frivolous practices, or to sensual indulgences, or assenting to transgression and sin. Man cannot comprehend states of being which transcend his own nature. The second kind of spirit, which is called both human spirit and heart, is not a body, and is not susceptible of division.

The tongue was formed like a spoon to throw the food into the throat.

In token of respect, the servants set before him silver washing-basins, vessels of costly stones, perfumes of musk and amber with chafing dishes. When he sees any one of the soldiers revolting and following his own passions, he will represent it to the sovereign, that he may be controlled and conquered. Most scholars agree that nothing can compare to a complete and fresh translation from the original Persian text.

Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazzali is one of the most important religious figures in Islamic history.

But the explanation of this science of interpretation would be too long for this treatise.

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