On Disciplining the Soul

Author: Ghazzālī,Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali

Publisher: Islamic Texts Society's Al-Gha

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 277

View: 524

The spiritual life in Islam begins with riyadat al-nafs, the inner warfare against the ego. Distracted and polluted by worldliness, the lower self has a tendency to drag the human creature down into arrogance and vice. Only by a powerful effort of will can the sincere worshipper achieve the purity of soul which enables him to attain God's proximity. This translation of two chapters from The Revival of the Religious Sciences (Ihya' 'Ulum al-Din) details the sophisticated spiritual techniques adopted by classical Islam. In the first step, On Disciplining the Soul, which cites copious anecdotes from the Islamic scriptures and biographies of the saints, Ghazali explains how to acquire good character traits, and goes on to describe how the sickness of the heart may be cured. In the second part, Breaking the Two Desires, he focusses on the question of gluttony and sexual desire, concluding, in the words of the Prophet, that 'the best of all matters is the middle way'. The translator has added an introduction and notes which explore Ghazali's ability to make use of Greek as well as Islamic ethics. The work will prove of special interest to those interested in Sufi mysticism, comparative ethics, and the question of sexuality in Islam.
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Al-ghazali on Disciplining the Soul and on Breaking the Two Desires

Books Xxii and Xxiii of the Revival of the Religious Sciences

Author: Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali

Publisher: Islamic Texts Society's al-Ghazali Series

ISBN: 9781911141358

Category: Gluttony

Page: 380

View: 9192

The spiritual life in Islam begins with riyadat al-nafs, the inner warfare against the ego. Distracted and polluted by worldliness, the lower self has a tendency to drag the human creature down into arrogance and vice. Only by a powerful effort of will can the sincere worshipper achieve the purity of soul which enables him to attain God's proximity. This translation of two chapters from The Revival of the Religious Sciences (Ihya' 'Ulum al-Din) details the sophisticated spiritual techniques adopted by classical Islam. In the first step, On Disciplining the Soul, which cites copious anecdotes from the Islamic scriptures and biographies of the saints, Ghazali explains how to acquire good character traits, and goes on to describe how the sickness of the heart may be cured. In the second part, Breaking the Two Desires, he focusses on the question of gluttony and sexual desire, concluding, in the words of the Prophet, that 'the best of all matters is the middle way'. The translator has added an introduction and notes which explore Ghazali's ability to make use of Greek as well as Islamic ethics. The work will prove of special interest to those interested in Sufi mysticism, comparative ethics, and the question of sexuality in Islam.
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Patience and Thankfulness

Author: Abu Hamid Muhammad Al-Ghazali,Ghazzālī,Henry T. Littlejohn

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781903682647

Category: Religion

Page: 279

View: 348

The Book of Patience and Thankfulness is the thirty-second chapter of The Revival of the Religious Sciences which is widely regarded as the greatest work of Islamic spirituality. Written by one of the most famous theologian-mystics of all time, The Book of Patience and Thankfulness discusses two of the virtues of the religious and spiritual life that are of universal interest. --
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Wonders of the Heart

Author: N.A

Publisher: The Other Press

ISBN: 9675062002

Category: Faith (Islam)

Page: 192

View: 2668

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Al-ghazali on Love, Longing, Intimacy & Contentment

Author: Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali

Publisher: Islamic Texts Society Al-Ghazali Series

ISBN: 9781911141327

Category: God (Islam)

Page: 298

View: 667

The Book of Love, Longing, Intimacy and Contentment is the thirty-sixth chapter of Abu Hamid al-Ghazali's Revival of the Religious Sciences. This was the first treatise which established not merely the possibility but the necessity for the love of God. Ghazali argues that all the virtues and spiritual stages that precede love, like repentance, patience and thankfulness, lead to love; and all the spiritual stages that follow on from love are a result of it.
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Al-Ghazālī on the Manners Relating to Eating

Kitab̄ Ādāb Al-akl, Book XI of the Revival of the Religious Sciences, Ihyāʼ ʻulūm Al-dīn

Author: Ghazzālī

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780946621736

Category: Social Science

Page: 79

View: 7938

The eleventh chapter of The Revival of the Religious Sciences begins the section dealing with man and society. In this volume concentrating on the manners relating to eating, Ghazali first discusses what a person must uphold when eating by himself: that the food is lawful, that both the person and the surroundings should be clean, that one must be content with what is available, and how the person should conduct himself while eating and after eating. Ghazali then proceeds to discuss eating in company and says that to all the above should be added the necessity of courtesy, conversation and the proper presentation of food. Finally, Ghazali expounds the virtues of hospitality and generosity and the conduct of the host as well as that of the guest. Other topics that are discussed are: abstention from food, fasting and general health.
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كتاب الأذكار و الدعوات

Book IX of The Revival of the Religious Sciences, Iḥyāʼ ʻulūm Al-dīn

Author: Ghazzālī,Abu Hamid Muhammad Ghazali,Kōjirō Nakamura

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781903682661

Category: Religion

Page: 163

View: 3888

Written by Abu Hamid Ghazali in the 11th century, “The Revival of the Religious Sciences” is one of the most authoritative texts in Islamic religious literature. Offering a deeper understanding of Islam and its practices, this record contains the only English translation of an essential section from this magnum opus. Admired for the author’s analytical approach and detailed exploration of the psychological and spiritual effects of prayer, this compendium will not only interest academics, but also Muslims who wish to recite the prayers in the original Arabic.
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إحياء علوم الدين

Author: Ghazzālī,Abū-Ḥāmid Muḥammad Ibn-Muḥammad al- Ġazzālī

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 347

View: 4967

This is the first English translation of the last chapter of Al-Ghazali's Revival of the Religious Sciences (Ihya' 'Ulum al-Din), widely regarded as the greatest work of Muslim spirituality. After expounding his Sufi philosophy of death and showing the importance of the contemplation of human mortality to the mystical way of self-purification, Ghazali takes his readers through the stages of the future life: the vision of the Angels of the Grave, the Resurrection, the Intercession of the Prophet, and finally, the torments of Hell, the delights of Paradise and—for the elect—the beatific vision of God's Countenance.
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Marvels of the Heart

Science of the Spirit

Author: Ghazzālī,T. J. Winter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781887752312

Category: Religion

Page: 152

View: 5793

Marvels of the Heart is a classic Sufi manual on the `science of the heart.' For Sufis, the heart is more than a physical organ, it is the seat of the soul, which holds the key to the intimate relationship that exists between the body and spirit. Each heart, according to traditional wisdom accumulated over centuries of spiritual practice, possesses four qualities: predatory, animal, demonic, and angelic. The latter represents one's true origin and potential, and through the proper use of the intellect and by engaging in spiritual practices, one can restore equilibrium to his inner core. As the Qur'an says: By the remembrance of God do hearts find peace. Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (d. 1111) was the leading jurist, theologian, and mystic of premodern Islam, and remains its truest advocate in modern times. As a teacher of Sufi initiates he recorded these practical teachings in his four-volume compendium of spiritual knowledge, the Thya' `ulum al-din (The Revival of the Religious Sciences), from which the present work---Book 21---is taken. Imam al-Ghazali uses a series of traditional Sufi teachings and stories to illustrate the theme of the heart as a mirror. The light of the divine can only shine in the heart when the seeker recalls the Prophet's teaching that "everything has a polish, and the polish of hearts is the remembrance of God." Base character traits that accumulate when the true nature of the heart is neglected are like "a smoke that clouds the heart's mirror"; rust corrodes the hearts of all but those who polish them by the remembrance of God. Hearts thus illuminated lead one to success in this life and eternal salvation in the next. Originally translated for a PhD thesis in 1938 as "The Religious Psychology of al-Ghazzali," for years this translation was only available to researchers and cognoscenti. Fons Vitae is proud to offer the complete text to the general public and specialists alike.
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The Ninety-nine Beautiful Names of God

Author: Ghazzālī,Abū-Ḥāmid Muḥammad Ibn-Muḥammad al- Ġazzālī,David Burrell, C. S. C.

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 205

View: 3150

In this work, here presented in a complete English edition for the first time, the problem of knowing God is confronted in an original and stimulating way. Taking up the Prophet's teaching that 'Ninety-nine Beautiful Names' are truly predicated of God, the author explores the meaning and resonance of each of these divine names, and reveals the functions they perform both in the cosmos and in the soul of the spiritual adept. Although some of the book is rigorously analytical, the author never fails to attract the reader with his profound mystical and ethical insights, which, conveyed in his sincere and straightforward idiom, have made of this book one of the perennial classics of Muslim thought, popular among Muslims to this day.
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Al-Ghazzali on Patience and Thankfulness

Author: Ghazzālī

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781911141310

Category: Gratitude

Page: 360

View: 832

Originally written as a manual of spiritual instruction, this crucial work of medieval Islamic thought examines Sufi and mystical influences within the Muslim tradition to provide insight into the intellectual and religious history of the Muslim world. Written by one of the most famous theologian-mystics of all time, it is an in-depth discussion of two essential virtues of the religious and spiritual life: patience and thankfulness. Compelling and insightful, this exploration defines these virtues and examines their place in the Islamic worldview, with particular attention paid to their attainment and the influences that divert people from these virtues. This first-ever academic translation includes an introduction to the structure and development of al-Ghazali’s thought, as well as a biography, appendix, and index. In this new edition, the Islamic Texts Society has included a translation of Imam Ghazali’s own Introduction to the Revival of the Religious Sciences which gives the reasons that caused him to write the work, the structure of the whole of the Revival, and places each of the chapters in the context of the others.
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Memoirs

National Existence and Cultural Struggles of Turkistan and Other Muslim Eastern Turks

Author: Ahmed Zeki Velidi Togan,H. B. Paksoy

Publisher: Create Space

ISBN: 9781468005684

Category: History

Page: 497

View: 9478

The author, Professor Z. V. Togan, staged a counterrevolution, who first interacted and bargained with Lenin, Stalin, Trotsky and the rest of the Soviet and Bolshevik luminaries of his own time for Baskurdistan and Turkistan. It can be read profitably in the context of anti-colonialism, Sub-altern studies, Russian and Soviet studies.
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Al-Ghazzali on Knowing Yourself and God

Author: Muhammad Al-Ghazzali

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781567446814

Category: Religion

Page: 64

View: 7452

General Description: In al-Ghazzali's view, everything begins by knowing who you are. He says that you should know that you are born with an outer form and an inner essence and it is that inner essence or the spiritual heart that you have to come to know in order to know who you are.
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Al-Ghazali on Intention, Sincerity and Truthfulness

The Revival of the Religious Sciences

Author: Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali

Publisher: Islamic Texts Society Ghazali Series

ISBN: 9781911141341

Category: Intention

Page: 174

View: 391

The 37th chapter of the Revival of Religious Sciences, this treatise focuses on the subject of intention--which is of crucial importance in ethics--posing questions such as How can someone ignorant of the meaning of intention verify his own intention? How can someone ignorant of the meaning of sincerity verify his own sincerity? And how can someone sincerely claim truthfulness if he has not verified its meaning? Renowned theologian-mystic Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (d. 1111) addresses these questions by expounding the reality and levels of intention, sincerity, and truthfulness and the acts which affirm or mar them. Each of al-Ghazali's responses is based on the Qur'an, the example of the Prophet, and the sayings of numerous scholars and Sufis. As relevant today as it was in the 11th century, this discourse will be of interest to anyone concerned with ethics and moral philosophy.
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Mukhtasar

The Ihyâ' Ulûm Ad-dîn as Abriged by Himself.

Author: Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9789963400515

Category: Islamic ethics

Page: 477

View: 3428

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Contemporary Issues and Development in the Global Halal Industry

Selected Papers from the International Halal Conference 2014

Author: Siti Khadijah Ab. Manan,Fadilah Abd Rahman,Mardhiyyah Sahri

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9811014523

Category: Social Science

Page: 597

View: 3572

This book features more than 50 papers presented at the International Halal Conference 2014, which was held in Istanbul and organised by the Academy of Contemporary Islamic Studies of Universiti Teknologi MARA. It addresses the challenges facing Muslims involved in halal industries in meeting the increasing global demand. The papers cover topics such as halal food, halal pharmaceuticals, halal cosmetics and personal care, halal logistics, halal testing and analysis and ethics in the halal industry. Overall, the volume offers a comprehensive point of view on Islamic principles relating to the halal business, industry, culture, food, safety, finance and other aspects of life. The contributors include experts from various disciplines who apply a variety of scientific research methodologies. They present perspectives that range from the experimental to the philosophical. This volume will appeal to scholars at all levels of qualification and experience who seek a clearer understanding of important issues in the halal industry.
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Al-Ghazzali on the Lawful, the Unlawful and the Doubtful

Author: Muhammad Al-Ghazzali

Publisher: Kazi Publications Incorporated

ISBN: 9781567446876

Category: Religion

Page: 32

View: 629

General Description: Al-Ghazzali addresses the spiritual reward and virtue of seeking the lawful, the degrees of the lawful and the unlawful, the separation of the lawful from the unlawful, stipends given by rulers, and the relations with rulers and the officials of rulers.
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Al-Ghazali on Vigilance and Self-Examination

Author: Abu Hamid Muhammad Ghazali

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781903682333

Category: Conscience, Examination of

Page: 146

View: 7608

The 38th chapter of the Revival of the Religious Sciences, this treatise follows on from Al-Ghazali on Intention, Sincerity & Truthfulness. Here, Ghazali focuses on the different stations of steadfastness in religion (murabaha), vigilance and self-examination being its cornerstones. As in all his writings, Ghazali bases his arguments on the Qur'an, the example of the Prophet, and the sayings of numerous scholars and Sufis. As relevant today as it was in the 11th century, this discourse will be of interest to anyone concerned with ethics and moral philosophy.
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Comparative Religion

A History

Author: Eric J. Sharpe

Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780812690415

Category: Religion

Page: 341

View: 2500

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The Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology

Author: Tim Winter

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107494419

Category: Religion

Page: 350

View: 7780

This series of critical reflections on the evolution and major themes of pre-modern Muslim theology begins with the revelation of the Koran, and extends to the beginnings of modernity in the eighteenth century. The significance of Islamic theology reflects the immense importance of Islam in the history of monotheism, to which it has brought a unique approach and style, and a range of solutions which are of abiding interest. Devoting especial attention to questions of rationality, scriptural fidelity, and the construction of 'orthodoxy', this volume introduces key Muslim theories of revelation, creation, ethics, scriptural interpretation, law, mysticism, and eschatology. Throughout the treatment is firmly set in the historical, social and political context in which Islam's distinctive understanding of God evolved. Despite its importance, Islamic theology has been neglected in recent scholarship, and this book provides a unique, scholarly but accessible introduction.
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