New PDF release: The Alchemy of Happiness

By Al Ghazzali

ISBN-10: 1616405023

ISBN-13: 9781616405021

One of many nice works of mystical spiritual literature, the Kimiya-i-Sa'adaat strove to convey guy towards realizing God through aiding him comprehend himself. those excerpts from that paintings, by means of a strikingly unique philosopher on Islam who lived and wrote within the eleventh century, have been first released in 1910. They function a effective reminder of ways robust a power Al-Ghazzali had upon spiritual philosophers of the center a long time, either Christian and Islamic. With its clever and warmly humanistic outlook, this little publication might foster a brand new degree of knowing within the present philosophical conflict among the non secular traditions of East and West. additionally on hand from Cosimo Classics: Field's Shadows forged ahead of and Jewish Legends of the center a long time. ABU HAMED MUHAMMAD IBN MUHAMMAD AL-GHAZZALI (1058-1111)was a Persian Islamic thinker, theologian, psychologist, and mystic, recognized this present day as some of the most well-known Sunni students in background, occasionally pointed out as next-in-importance basically to Muhammad. Born in Tus, Al-Ghazzali was once a pioneer of methodic doubt; his paintings The Incoherence of Philosophers shifted early Islamic philosophy from metaphysics to the speculation of occasionalism, an Islamic doctrine that states cause-and-effect is managed by means of God. He additionally succeeded in bringing orthodox Islam in touch with Sufism. the writer of greater than 70 books on a number of topics, his impact keeps to stretch all over even at the present time.

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Such is the famous one of the Chinese and Greek artists, which runs as follows: "Once upon a time the Chinese having challenged the Greeks to a trial of skill in painting, the Sultan summoned them both into edifices built for the purpose directly facing each other, and commanded them to show proof of their art. The painters of the two nations immediately applied themselves with diligence to their work. The Chinese sought and obtained {p. 13} of the king every day a great quantity of colours, but the Greeks not the least particle.

Death; for the Messenger of God (God bless and preserve him) says: `The people are dreaming; when they die, they become awake’. So perhaps life in this world is a dream by comparison with the world to come; and when a man dies, things come to appear differently to him from what he now beholds, and at the same time the words are addressed to him: `We have taken off thee thy covering, and thy sight today is sharp’ (Q. 50, 21). When these thoughts had occurred to me and penetrated my being, I tried to find some way of treating my unhealthy condition; but it was not easy.

NOTES ON THE TRANSLATION. The word Salat has been rendered `Worship’ rather than `prayers’ following Professor Calverley, Worship in Islam, since it seemed desirable to keep ‘prayer’ for du’a’. For an explanation of the technical terms connected with the Worship see the above volume, or Encyclopedia of Islam, art. sat, or Hughes, Dictionary of Islam, art. Prayer. The text of al-Munqidh used was that of the third Damascus edition of Jamil Saliba and Kamil `Ayyad, dated 1358/1939; that of the Bidayah one dated Cairo 1353/1934.

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