Sacred Texts Islam. THE ALCHEMY OF HAPPINESS. BY AL GHAZZALI. CLAUD FIELD, translator [b. , d. ]. . Title Page · Contents · Editorial Note. 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.
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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? In this work, Ghazzali details the many pitfalls, snares, and distractions internal and external that lie in wait to divert the traveler of the Way from attaining the goal which Ghazzali calls spiritual happiness.
But there are also defenders, guides, and helpers which the traveler may enlist in his aid if alcbemy recognizes them. In The Alchemy, Ghazzali has provided the traveler of the Way with a critique of faith and a detailed guidebook to guide him safely to that goal. If he follows its counsels, he will successfully pass through the awesome tribunal of the Resurrection to achieve everlasting salvation, the highest degree of which is that state in which there remains neither fear of the terrors of hell nor appetite for the pleasures of Paradise.
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The Lives of Man: A Guide to the Human States: Great Books of the Islamic World Paperback: January 1, Language: I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Showing of 9 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. This is probably the best summary of the Ihya out there, and Crook does an excellent job at translating it from Persian into English.
There is quite a large introduction into this book to mostly explain how the book is translated, such happinesd the “Nufs” being translated to carnal appetite, etc. Furthermore, the introduction explains some of the main themes and styles that Ghazali uses in his writing.
This book, despite being like a thousand years old, is extremely relevant alcuemy our modern time. I guess human nature doesn’t change that much after alchsmy. In fact, I think this book is needed in our modern times now than ever.
I love this book was really into it, until someone stole it or rather borrowed it without my permission oh well. I will try to save up and buy it again, but don’t think I’ll have the money any time soon. Very inspiring as well happpiness educational. Im enthused about reading more of Ghazzali’s work.
I find it surprising that this book has not received more attention. It is a translation of Imam al-Ghazali’s Persian abridgement of his magnum opus the Ihya Ulumuddin, of which many scholars have noted that if all of the books of Islam were lost, but the Ihya remained, it would be sufficient. The Ihya, in English translation, would be the equivalent of 9 volumes. However, Imam al-Ghazali did the ummah a great favor by composing a less technical, abridged though still hefty version of the work.
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He did this fo the Persian language, rather than Arabic, in order to reach the masses of his time apparently it also became popular in India, where Persian was read.
Comparing this work with the La text of the Ihya I don’t know Persian and thus couldn’t compare it with the originalI feel that the translator did an excellent job conveying the Imam’s message. His massive footnotes also reveal a comprehensive knowledge of Islamic ritual, history and tradition. Finally, the sections on Shafi’i jurisprudence such as prayer and fastingdespite being tangential to the book’s overall purpose, are more comprehensive than many works devoted purely to that subject.
Perhaps most importantly, this book is an invaluable key to approaching the Ihya, which is possibly the greatest work of Islamic spirituality and ethics ever written. It would have been great if there was takhrij identification of the source of each hadithalchey of course they are basically the same hadiths as are found in the Ihya.
This can be considered by some to be a more concise version of ‘The Revival of Religious Sciences’ which is impossible to find in a ‘complete’ and readable translation. Bhazali down into sections, chapters, and sub-chapters covering a wide range of subjects. Al-Ghazzali sometimes one sees the last name with 2 zs in the last name, sometimes 1 z was a deep thinker who could also explain those thoughts in words that could be understood by the common man.
He sought to share what he had realized, and we muslim and non-muslim can benefit from his kindness and effort. Highly recommended – in general, and for anyone interested in the works of ‘the proof of islam’.
I don’t understand why this book doesn’t show up when I search for “alchemy of happiness” or Jay Crook on Amazon.
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I had to spend so much time to find this book! It is a great ov and deserves more attention. Happinses change the way you think about your life. If happinexs only read one book this year make it this one.
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