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.

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The faculty of memory, which is next in order in the brain, it must use as a receptacle in which it may treasure up whatever is noticed by the spies, and, as occasion requires, may inform reason, the vizier. Many distinguished men have attained these revelations by experience and the demonstration of reasoning.

The subject could not be discussed more at large in this short treatise. Syazwani rated it it was amazing Dec 05, It is the pen that causes the marks. It has been shown that man from his own existence, knows the existence of his creator, that from his analysis of the materials of which his body is composed and of its distinctive characters he understands the almighty power of God, that from the uses, the arrangement and the combination of his organs, he knows the omniscient wisdom of God, and that his clemency and compassion extend to Edition: He had neither mind nor understanding: Now the faithful, truthful and experienced in religion, who are mindful that the soul is treacherous, deceptive, perfidious, malicious and false, always watch carefully over their own souls, lest they should do something that transcends the commands of the law, or that is contrary to reason.

Fhazali Jam edited the first half of the Persian text nearly two decades ago. From these examples we may learn that it is impossible for any being, except God himself, to know God. For that which we seek is not the vehicle of the spirit, but the spirit itself. This is a brilliant book. Views Read Edit View history. If one individual love another, he is continually thinking of him, and by this continual ghazalii, his love is increased.


Answer, the spirit is a creation by decree of the Lord. The world again is like an enchanter who performs for you acts of friendship and manifests love for yon, for the sake of winning your affections happinfss him: As the phrase In the name of God is written down by first dipping the pen in the ink, so the thing which God wills, comes to light by mixing heat and cold with water and earth.

The world, beloved, is like an enchanter, who exhibits himself Edition: We observe in reply, that every man’s happiness is found in the place where he obtains enjoyment and tranquility. Still it is not permitted to us to know what the spirit is in its real nature and in its essence, as God says in his Holy Word: But in reference to the hand, you know nothing about its blood, its bones, the number of its nerves and veins, and the uses of each one: When that decision has reached the brain then the image of the phrase, In the name of God is formed in the faculty of imagination in the brain.

And whoever is of a narrow mind will not be able to appreciate that signs and miracles are influences proceeding from the heart of man, unless he should learn it by external teaching. If he see any thing more extra-ordinary than a piece of money, he changes color and loses his presence of mind. In the presence of the multitude, they put on a holy mien and do not approve of error and sin, but they do not withdraw their hearts from the pleasure of wine, nor from adulterous and licentious society, nor withdraw their hands from the business of gaining the world.


The Creator himself will be acknowledged to be almighty and perfect. It is a delicate exhalation from the humors within the animal.

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One must remember that in those days Philosophy was an all encompassing field covering all fields of sciences from mathematics to astronomy. It should be kept in mind, that you possess two classes of qualities or attributes.

Yet assuredly a vivid and respectful interest must be awakened in our minds for the races and nations, whose ideas of their happinesx as immortal beings arc so serious and earnest. And the holy saying of the prophet of God: While perusing these pages, and noticing how much of the language of Ghazzali corresponds in its representations of God, of a holy life and of eternity, with the solemn instructions to which we have listened from our infancy, we may think of the magicians who imitated the miracles of Moses with their enchantments.

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And how should’st thou be able to comprehend God, who in his nature cannot be comprehended, Edition: In the same manner, God himself is one, is not susceptible of separation into parts and the place of his knowledge is one…. Dec 01, Susan Devy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Excellently laid out human thinking and the flaws of man in knowing the world around him.

But in the same manner, this independence and freedom is possible in your soul. The light of some is as of a twinkling star. But the knowledge which happinsss obtain of God is limited and contracted in comparison with the knowledge which the heart has of itself. Journal of Near Eastern Studies July