Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazzali () is one of the most important Ghazzali’s “The Alchemy of Happiness”, written toward the end of his life. Kimiya-yi Sa’ādat was a book written by Abū Ḥāmid Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad al-Ghazālī, a Persian theologian, philosopher, and prolific Sunni Muslim. 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.

Author: Mojinn Vuran
Country: Guyana
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Video
Published (Last): 12 August 2013
Pages: 488
PDF File Size: 7.96 Mb
ePub File Size: 6.20 Mb
ISBN: 692-9-33540-359-8
Downloads: 80485
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Kazrakinos

Why, then, was it so necessary that they should abstain from forbidden things, from things of a doubtful nature and even from permitted things?

Islamic tradition considers him to be a Mujaddid, a renewer of the faith who, according to the prophetic hadith, appears once every century to restore the faith of the ummah “the Islamic Community”. Nov 21, Sabrine Elk rated it liked it. There are, moreover, many animals of manifest utility, as the dog to watch and hunt, and the skins of some of them for clothing. It all depends, however, on the will of God. Apr 06, Ghadeer Sobhan rated it really liked it.

The advice seems like the same advice we have been hearing being a part of conservative circles, though this is something that needs to be reminded and stressed over and over again. But the existence of his spirit would not be at the same time shut out from his view. The happiness of man consists in the knowledge, obedience and worship of God. In its origin it comes from God, and again returns to him. Exemption and freedom may be illustrated in still another manner.

May be because it was known women was arrogant in that age.

May 21, Shahd Fadlalmoula rated it really liked it. The world resembles the old woman who arrayed herself in silk stuffs and flowered brocades, and with ornaments, and covered her head with a beautiful embroidered veil, so that those who should see her from a distance, and notice only her garments and her form, might be deceived.

The spleen attracts the black bile and changes it into itself. That which we have designated as external, refers to that faculty of the heart by which the sciences of geometry, medicine, astronomy, numbers, the science of law and all the arts are understood; and although the heart is a thing which cannot be divided, still the knowledge of all the world exists in it.

They are not capable of distinguishing actions and circumstances, or right and wrong. Each one, dissatisfied with his own rights, plots against the property and honor of his fellows. He had neither mind nor understanding: Problem is he gives the impression that these are only analogies, not Realities within their own right. And whenever she has succeeded in inducing a person to follow after her and to decide upon joining himself to her, she takes off her robes from her back and her veil from her head, and immediately her concealed ugliness is brought to light, and the person who had been seeking her, becomes subject to eternal regret and sorrow.


The Alchemy of Happiness – Wikipedia

What has hitherto been said is sufficient to enable a person of intelligence to comprehend the Edition: Answer, the spirit is a creation by decree of the Lord. Al-Ghazali believed in practical-ethical perfection and that by exercising his God-given capacity for reason man must be drawn to the spiritual alchemy that transforms the soul from worldliness to complete devotion to God. Jul 18, Yusuf Musaji rated it really liked it. Woe to him who has no portion in this knowledge!

And if the eye should meet with an injury in one of the layers, you could not tell the cause of it. 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.

Beloved, in proportion as a man analyzes the nature of his body and the variety of uses of its several members, his reverence and love for its Creator and Maker will increase. Or he sees a similitude, and those who are skilled in the science of interpretation of dreams understand the meaning.

The Alchemy of Happiness

Afterwards by divine operation and sovereign power, most strange and wonderful internal changes took place, and strong organs, passions, affections, and agreeable qualities rose up all adorned with beauty. The third source of dominiou of the heart is through knowledge. Jan 02, Asma Almalki rated it really liked it. Know also, that if the heart should not be tarnished with the rust of rebellion, and if the animal and ferocious qualities should not be dominant, that it would be capable, on account of the presence in it of angelic properties, of manifesting this same influence over other bodies.

Many and even innumerable books, O student of the divine mysteries, have been written in explanation of the organization of the body and the uses of is parts: Hence it is the object of the science of medicine to preserve these four elements in their due proportions, so that they may serve as instruments to secure perfection to the human spirit.

The heart resembles a pure mirror, you must know, in this particular, that when a man falls asleep, when his senses are closed, and when the heart, free and pure from blameable affections, is confronted with the preserved tablet, then the tablet reflects upon the heart the real states and hidden forms inscribed upon it.

And whosoever would attain holiness can only reach it by the path of difficulty.


Now though hapiness sick man is right when he says that there is no advantage to the physician from his abstinence, yet if he is not abstinent, he will perish. Aug 18, Mariyah rated alxhemy really liked it. Hence those who say that the spirit is created, and is also from all eternity are in error, for nothing is eternal except the being and attributes of God.

These are qualities of your individual self, which do not pass away with death, but on the contrary the fruits of them will be ever growing and developing.


And those who say that the spirit is matter are in error, for matter is that which can be divided, and spirit is not susceptible of division. The heart of man, veiled with the garments of heedlessness, forgot the assembly with which it had been familiar, and imagining that this miserable place was to be its mansion of rest, it chose to establish itself here in this world of perdition, as if this was its home.

He came in contact, among his happniess, with persons who made the same general objections to natural and revealed religion, as understood by Mohammedans, as are in our days made to Christianity, or who perverted and abused the religion which they professed for their own ends, in the same manner as Christianity ghwzali abused among us. His principal work, The Destruction of the Philosophers, called forth in reply one of the two most important works of Averroes entitled The Destruction of the Destruction.

We need to somehow lift the curtain of delusion from our eyes with regards to the temporality of this world and somehow start believing bu the hereafter as a grave and forthcoming reality. If you desire to learn the absolute truth about them, you cherish a vain longing; and it is the same, if you desire to know the absolute nature of voice, nutrition or hearing.

It is the pen that causes the marks. There is, however, a mystery regarding the future world, which the holy law has not authorized to be lmam or to be mentioned, because it could not possibly be understood.

They do not hppiness that they all alike are subject to the almighty power of God as God says in his word: After a man has observed these things, he knows that the Creator has power to do what he pleases with all things, that his knowledge includes and embraces in perfection whatever is to be known of creatures Edition: