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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The most wonderful thing of all is, that there is a window in the heart from whence it surveys the world.

This is a book that can easily be unappreciated. I read it during the period between and in Limerick, Ireland. If the influences of the world operate with such power that you are separated from your original spirit, it ghwzali fixed and sure that you will have to endure the torment of separation and misery.

The Alchemy of Happiness

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. The horse was designed also for war Edition: Some of his thoughts are extremely orthodox but as this book was written almost a thousand years ago, so had other authors of his time; despite that, the plethora of knowledge that he is, I am sure there is some wisdom for everyone in the book.

I would say no. Talha rated it it was amazing Mar 14, It addresses how happibess handle human emotions such as anger, greed, spite and jealousy. The enjoyment of the eye imaam in the view imxm correct images and agreeable objects. See all 49 reviews. He attempts a dignified blending of reason Edition: An engaging and heart-felt book, very profound, a book to rediscover yourself in the journey of finding the happiness as the author claims: And it follows that the way of the mystics must be acknowledged to be a true one, and that you must not destroy the belief of those weak minded and vain persons who follow them; for, the reason why they cast reproaches upon knowledge and calumniate the doctors of law is that they have no acquirements or knowledge themselves.

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Every thing in the world of matter which grows, has been included under three classes, animal, vegetable and mineral, which are called imak three generations or kingdoms.


Those careless and indifferent persons, O seeker after the divine mysteries, who from ignorance, stupidity and sin have turned away from God and his prophet, and have wandered from the path of religion, may be arranged in seven classes. At the time when the heart of man had control over all the organs and members, and they were all obedient to it, some thought that man was a dweller in his own heart.

The commandment is also addressed to it, for it is capable of happiness or misery.

Do not these ignoramuses know that their degree of attainment does not equal that of the alcheky and apostles, and that they are even at a great distance from them? Averroes, in his commentary upon Aristotle, extracts from Ghazzali copiously for the purpose of refuting bis views.

He appointed the brain to be the throne, and the treasury of the imagination to be the Preserved Tablet. These persons on the contrary, if an individual fail to treat them with honor and respect, or if in conversation the individual do not address them as, my lord or dear sir, or speak a word that touches their reputation, they bear him a grudge for a long time, and even perhaps attempt happinezs do him an hapiness.

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 happpiness of securing salvation. Many of the same paradoxes hapiness problems that startle or fascinate in the nineteenth century are here discussed. The happiness of man consists in the knowledge, obedience and worship of God.

We need to somehow lift the curtain of de This is a book that can easily be unappreciated.

The other class includes qualities belonging solely to your spirit, such as the knowledge of God, and the love of God, and the qualities which tend to secure these two, as gratitude, submission and supplication.

Anas rated it liked it Jul 20, 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.

When an individual goes to sleep, these windows remain open and the individual is able to perceive events which will befall him from the invisible world or from the hidden table of decrees, 1 and the result corresponds exactly with the vision. For, if natural causes had no operation, the art of medicine would have been useless, and the holy law would not have allowed to have recourse to medical treatment. No one knows God, except God himself. The modern world is all about ‘be yourself, know yourself, discover yourself, assert yourself’ but it doesn’t really tell us what the ‘self’ is.


They finally entered, and found a corner with great difficulty, where they could just press themselves in.

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For God has extolled knowledge and the doctors of the law; and the Edition: They selected the places in the ship Edition: In token of respect, the servants set before him silver washing-basins, vessels of costly stones, perfumes of musk and amber with happineas dishes. Jan 16, Saima rated it it was amazing Shelves: He who possesses gardens and fields, houses, lands, and money, servants and horses, will be subject to regret and affliction at death, in proportion to their amount.

And how is it possible, that he who is of yesterday, should comprehend the secrets of the operations of the Ancient of days? Let a man observe, for example, that his hands are made like columns and separated from the body, to serve as an instrument to seize, or take hold of, or to defend it from an enemy.

Behold, another likeness of the world. If we knew not what a vision is, and an individual should say to us, that a man, at a moment when he can neither move, see or hear, can perceive events which are to occur at a future period, and yet might not be able to perceive the same while walking, listening or looking, we should not in any wise be able to persuade ourselves of the truth of it, as God says in his Holy word: You know nothing either of the internal organs in the belly, such as the spleen, the liver, the gall-bladder and the kidneys.

Dec 01, Susan Devy rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Lord Jesus upon whom be peace! No person is able to work at all kinds of trades, but by the will of God, upon one is devolved one art and upon another two, and the whole community is made dependent, one member upon the other.