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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Seeing that this world is itself a mansion built for travellers, by the road over which they are to pass, that they may make a halt, and lay in provisions preparatory to leaving it again, he is a wise guest who does not lay bis hand upon other things than his necessary provisions, lest on the morrow when about to move on, they take them out of his hands, and he expose himself to regret and sorrow.

Our intention has been to show you that man is a great world, and that you might know what a multitude of servants his body has to minister to him: These in turn, control the light footed ministers, the elements, and command dryness, for example, to fasten its bridle to the neck of the person, and cause dryness to attack his head and brain.

From these examples we may learn that it is impossible for any being, except God himself, to know God. Know, that God exists exempt from and independent of the notions that enter the mind, and the forms that are produced in the imagination, that he is not subjected to reasoning, and time and place cannot be ascribed to him.

Know then, that the existence of the spirit is evident and is not involved in doubt. When man comes to look upon his organs and members, whether upon the external, as the hand, the foot, the eye, the tongue and the mouth, or upon the internal organs, as the liver, the stomach and the spleen, he sees that each is the result of a special wisdom, that each one has been created for some peculiar u e, and that each one is in its place and perfect.

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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 hap;iness, grooming and feeding. Others, not satisfied with gazing around, loaded themselves with stones that had the appearance of being precious, and after a time returned to the ship.

This alone, he believed could produce ultimate happiness. But we cannot grow in the knowledge of God, unless we understand the works of God. God has done all things perfectly, and may his name be glorified!


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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. The aliment of the heart consists in the love and knowledge of God; for whatever is a necessity of the nature of any one, that he loves, as we have before mentioned.

If any derangement happen to the gall-bladder so that it cannot secrete the bile, bilious disorders follow. Showing of 9 reviews. Can there be any more astonishing folly than that of these men who dare to compare themselves with the sea, because they are not disturbed by drinking several bowls of wine, while they compare the prophet of God, to a little water, which is changed in its taste by a single date?

If your qualities are of the ferocious kind, the essence of which is to tear and rend, to injure and destroy, you will act accordingly. 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. And this course is adopted by the Mystics. Refresh and try again.

The poor guest is overjoyed at the sight of these things, thinking that they have been made his own property, and belays hold of them with the intention of retaining them.

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Man in this world resembles the guest who was invited to partake of the hospitality of a rich man. But when the heart is not free from impurity, or when, on waking, it busies itself alchwmy things of sense, the side towards the tablet will be obscured, and it can view nothing.

They are weak in their own souls, and are in subjection like slaves to passion and anger. Now all these are the agents of the heart and subject to its rule.

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Beloved, these ignorant men, ghazaali the affairs of the world, in their schemes of living, and in their business, manifest no trust in the bounty of God, nor do they leave off for one moment their aochemy and selling, their trades or their farming, although God has decreed the means of their existence many years before they were born, and has made himself surety that it should be provided for them.

Know, O student of wisdom! There are, however, in our times certain weak persons and indifferent to religious truth for the most part, who in the guise of soofees, 1 after learning a few of their obscure phrases and ornamenting themselves with their cap and robes, guazali knowledge and the doctors of the law 2 as inimical to themselves, and continually find fault with them.


And so the Lord speaks in his word: It is the pen that causes the marks. He is particularly noted for his brilliant synthesis of mysticism and traditional Sunni Islam.

They have been purified and enlightened by the eternal Truth Himself, and have been sent forth to communicate precepts and laws, and to decide upon all circumstances. It is a delicate exhalation from the humors within the animal. It is the pure ecstasy of the loving Divine Presence: Loved the essences and sensations found in this book.

Let us notice, also, the daily necessities of man, his need of food, of clothing and of a dwelling; his need of rain, clouds, wind, heat and cold: And in eating, it is the heart which by hapoiness exertion of its will, causes moisture to rise in if mouth from under the tongue, to mix with the food that it may be swallowed and digested.

To ask other readers questions about The Alchemy of Happinessplease sign up. Filled with 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. If it should look with kindness gahzali one who is sick, his infirmity might be changed to health. Anger, the superintendent, is rebellious and corrupt, quick and passionate.

Buy the selected items together This item: Whenever all the affairs of a person are in the hands of another, and his employments and his home are with him — when he is near to him and continually has need of him, there will be perfect harmony between the two, and abiding friendship and love.

There is, also, under the tongue, an organ by which water is poured out, and the food is made of the consistence of dough, that alhcemy may be more easily swallowed and digested.

Oct 30, Ahmed Abdul rehman rated it really liked it. If you had a servant who had been faithful to you during his whole life, with whose services you were not able to dispense, while he could at any time find a better master—yet if he should only for a single day disobey your orders, you would get angry, beat him, and wish to get rid of him.

The wise passengers, remembering the admonition of the sailors, attended quickly to their affairs, and immediately returned to the ship.