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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Answer, the spirit is a creation by decree of the Lord. Filled ghazwli fear and dread, they became blind from their tears; from their long continuing perturbation and distraction of mind, yon would think they had lost the use of their reason. But this is a thing which it is impossible to do.

The Alchemy of Happiness by Abu Hamid al-Ghazali

It is not so; the whole influence proceeds from the fingers and the pen is subject to the fingers. Trivia About The Alchemy of Ha 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 iamm affairs of created beings, which he has committed to Edition: As a writer Al-Ghazali is quite talented, the point he wants to convey he does so effortlessly and with simplicity.

It oof impossible to expel the odor and they remained to the last with its disagreeableness in the midst of them. Hence, every man glories in what he knows, even if the thing is but of little importance. Finally, seeker after divine mysteries, know that the paths to the knowledge of God, are as numerous as the souls of creatures, and their number is known to God alone.

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 Lord Jesus upon whom be peace! The next day, when he is upon the point of departure, they are all taken from him by force, and the measure of his disappointment and regret is ghaza,i to every person of discrimination.


It addresses how to handle human emotions such as anger, greed, spite and happinesss.

Even if the action of the larger part of the members should he paralyzed, it is still possible that life should continue in a man. The fountain of the animal spirit is in that heart which is in the left side of the breast, and is a piece of flesh. 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 and divorcing, and should be assiduous in gaining divine knowledge, which is the end of all other knowledge, it is all well and good.

If a fly or mosquito molest him, he cannot get rid of it. No trivia or quizzes yet.

They are just worthy that Happiness should seize hold of them by the beard and mustachios, and drag them after him both in this world and the next, making them a shame and reproach. Many of the same paradoxes and problems that startle or fascinate in the nineteenth century are here discussed. When inadvertently any of the prophets fell into sin, even a little and venial sin, they would spend years in mourning and lamentation over it, and occupied themselves in endeavors to obliterate Edition: This alone, he believed could produce ultimate happiness.

But desire, the standard bearer, is a liar, vain and ambitious.

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After they had entered, they were compelled from necessity to stow themselves in a dark place at the bottom. And just as abstinence and medicine restore the body to health, so to avoid acts of transgression and sin and to be obedient to God, are means of securing salvation.

Know, however, that there is an immense distance and wide interval between perceiving the beauty of the Lord, and understanding that which constitutes its soul, marrow and essence. He was of Persian origin. As a camel is to a pilgrim, so the body is like an animal upon which the heart rides. On the contrary every man in his essential nature is endowed with attributes rendering him capable of participating in the same discoveries.


Sometimes, I feel the Muslim community places too much value on the words of great scholars and seem to forget that they are human. From all which has been said, seeker after the divine mysteries, thou hast learned something of the dignity of the nature of man, and that the way of the mystics is holy and honorable.

In token of respect, the servants set before him silver washing-basins, vessels of costly stones, perfumes of musk and amber with chafing dishes. The ruin of the soul consists in the predominance of some other love over the love of God, which veils the divine love. When fortune is favorable to any person, and the Deity desires to guide him slchemy the Edition: How then should those ignorant persons understand it, hapiness are utterly destitute of a knowledge of external things!

The doctors of the law have been allowed however, in the way of illustration to explain in a certain degree the knowledge, power, excellence and sovereignty of God to man, who is frail and weak in understanding.

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If he performs his duty well, in time of war, in running, fleeing and going to meet the enemy, his service is accepted, and he will be treated with attention in his accoutrements, grooming and feeding.

Doubtable not to read! 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.

Now in this way it is possible that the knowledge of the soul should become the key to the knowledge of God.