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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Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. If a person follow their method and attain to the knowledge of some things, he still does not equal in excellence, the doctors of the law.

The fourth class of men ghazaki indulge in error, are those who indeed receive the law, but in some peculiar and erroneous sense. To ask other readers questions about The Alchemy of Happinessplease sign up.

He strives to appropriate to himself whatever he sees in the city, which is the body.

If he should be busy with gappiness camel day and night, and should expend all his capital in feeding it, he would not reach his destination, but would ultimately become separated from his caravan, would lose all that he possessed, and in view of the injury he had sustained, he would be the victim of unceasing regrets, and ruin would ensue.

The first method is most deep and profound. The astrologer also says, that the sun is a star, which causes heat and light upon the earth.

Such simple yet powerful analogies make it a wonderful read. Like many Sufi’s and mystics in general, he explains how our deeds will be shown to us ‘personsified’ before us on the day of judgement, how dreams and waking Visions can Perceive different Levels of Reality.

Most persons merely know his name…. You cannot learn it by any possible efforts from any other person by the hearing of the ear. But if he performs his service imperfectly, a pack saddle will be put on his back, as on the ass, from day to day he will be employed as a beast of burden, and he will be carelessly and deficiently provided with food, and poorly taken care of.

He came in contact, among his contemporaries, 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 is abused among us.


The ruin of the soul consists in the predominance of some other love over the love of God, which veils the divine love. There was also a not great part to this book. In short to an ignorant pilgrim, the least doubt may operate as a hindrance in his course for many years. Yet as the animal soul and desire, on account of their intimate relations with the body, are so essential to it, their influence would still have been predominant.

Therefore, when we hear some good man, who has travelled far on the road of spiritual discovery affirm, that knowledge of the external world, in the sense which we at first alluded to, is a hindrance in the way of truth, we ought to be careful not to deny the truth of what he says.

Know, student of the divine mysteries, that the heart is like a reservoir into which five streams flow: Doubtable not to read! In the same manner as the equilibrium of the inferior spirit is to be preserved by the science of medicine, the equilibrium of the human spirit is to be preserved by virtue, self-denial and holy zeal, that it may not be destitute of the love of God and perish.

They know that the wisdom, piety and abstinence of the prophets and saints were not less than their own. I may be biased in giving this 5 stars – but, I love this book.

The Alchemy of Happiness by Abu Hamid al-Ghazali

Al-Ghazali believed that the Islamic spiritual tradition had become moribund and that the spiritual sciences taught by the first generation of Muslims had been forgotten.

In the house of reunion you will have reached an eternal rest, where aldhemy evil enters, a joy where no pain mingles, a strength without ghazalu, a knowledge without doubt, and a vision of the Lord, the enjoyment of which shall be endless.

Books by Abu Hamid ggazali. Thus, let us suppose that a person bad been born and brought up in darkness, where he had never seen the rays or light of the sun, but had merely heard a description of the sun. If he see any thing more extra-ordinary than a piece of money, he changes color and loses his presence of mind. Still, it is not body, which is found in corpses and in animals generally.


Know, O inquirer after the divine secrets, that there are two things needful to man in this world; first of all, he needs alchdmy acquire spiritual food to preserve his heart from perishing. The knowledge which you need to possess is, to know what you are; how you are created; whence you are; for what you are here; whither you are going; in what your happiness consists, and what you must do to secure it; in what your misery consists, and what you must do to avoid it.

Personally, I found this book inspiring and meditative; it came as a sharp but welcome reminder to look for balance in one’s life. Sometimes, I feel the Muslim community places too much value on the words of great scholars and seem to forget ghazaki they are human. Know, beloved, that we cannot understand the future world, until hppiness know what death is: There is neither any profit to God from our worship, or any injury done him by our disobedience.

Their home is in the brain, and each has a specific function, as is well known to the learned. But like as man has dominion over his own heart in the administration of his kingdom, the body, God also rules over the empyrean in the administration of the affairs of created beings, which he has committed to Edition: But despite of his limitations, to take his wisdom seriously and to Happpiness his analogies with the transmuted Eye of The Heart, is to be close to the goal- submission to and peace in, The Alcyemy.

Al-Ghazali believed in practical-ethical perfection and that by exercising his God-given capacity for reason happiiness must be drawn to the spiritual alchemy that transforms the soul from worldliness to complete devotion to God.

The Alchemy of Happiness

But God has been abundant in kindness to you, and has given you so many servants, and has in no wise any need of i,am. Please try again later. Share your thoughts with other customers. There are, moreover, many animals of manifest utility, as the dog to watch and hunt, and the skins of some of them for clothing.