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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It was short 8 chapters long and helpful for my paper as it’s content complimented another of Al-Ghazali’s writings, The Remembrance of Death and the Afterlife.

It ensnares the fish from the depths of the sea, and the bird from the end of heaven.

Start reading The Alchemy of Imwm on your Kindle in under a minute. The third class of errorists are those who indeed believe in God and a future life, but whose faith is weak, because they do not understand the requirements of the law.

These are five, the faculties of perception, reflection, memory, recollection and imagination. It is possible that there is a peculiarity in prophets, of which no pattern or model is found in other persons, imma therefore, we are incapable of understanding them.

The Alchemy of Happiness

He strives to appropriate to himself whatever he sees in the city, which is the body. But the eye of judgment is opened by the contemplation of the works of God, and by understanding his almighty power. The science of the structure of the body is called anatomy: To abstain from sins of rebellion, brings peace to the heart: They say, that a resurrection, in which spirits and bodies shall be reassembled in one place, is impossible, and that there will be neither discipline or punishment, recompense or reward.

O, inquirer after divine mysteries! Do not suppose that, from all that has hitherto been said, you can understand the greatness of God. When avarice, ambition and covetousness hold sway in the hearts of men, because some are not pleased to see others obtain honors, and because they do not endeavor to quell their wants, envy and hatred arise among them. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? They allege that man and other animals are like vegetables, and do not enter into another body when they die.


For God has extolled knowledge and the doctors of the law; and the Edition: This is called knowledge of operation. It is, however, lawful to explain to him the instruments by which it operates.

The Alchemy of Happiness by Abu Hamid al-Ghazali

And in eating, it is the heart which by an exertion of its will, causes moisture to rise in the mouth from under the tongue, to mix with the food that it may be swallowed and digested. But in reference to the hand, you know nothing about its blood, its bones, the number of its nerves and veins, and the uses of each one: Such simple yet powerful analogies make it omam wonderful read.

We, knowing the impossibility of explaining the matter to him, alcyemy answer that the pleasure of ruling was like that obtained from playing with nuts or at ball, although it does not resemble them in any particular.

I can recommend this book, it is a simple book and has its charms here and there. That which we have designated as external, refers to that faculty of the heart by which the sciences of geometry, medicine, astronomy, numbers, the science of law and all the arts are understood; and although the heart is a thing which cannot be divided, still the knowledge of all the world exists in it.

When he sees any one of the soldiers revolting and following his own passions, he will represent it to the sovereign, that he may imqm controlled and conquered.

The moon also is a star, and if imamm bad been no moon, how many things connected with the requirements of the Law of the Koran, would have been impracticable, such as fasting, alms and pilgrimage, since there would have been no distinction of weeks, months and years. 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 happiess an enemy.

The third source of dominiou of the heart is through happimess.

He was in antagonism with men who to him appeared, like Avicenna, to exalt reason above the Koran, yet he himself went to the extreme limits of reasoning in his endeavors to find an intelligible basis for the doctrines of the Koran, and a philosophical basis for a holy rule of life. 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.


As the phrase, In the name of God, appears in the treasury of the imagination, so the image of the thing dependent on the will of God appears upon the Preserved Tablet.

Just as we see, that books on alchemy, and students of alchemy are very numerous, while those who are successful are the least of few, so the path of mysticism is sought for by all men, and longed for by all classes of society, yet those who Edition: If you are an atheist then you might only benefit from the first couple chapters, some of the later chapters are more theoretical supported by logic based on holy scriptures like the Quran, Hadith, or Psalms.

The mystic, however, who by spiritual revelation has learned all that a doctor of the law has been able to learn after many years of study, and who has no remaining doubts in matters of internal or external knowledge, is certainly more excellent than the doctor of the law who is learned only in external knowledge, and this should not be denied. Still the veil of heedlessness disappeared from the eyes of those to whom the grace and guidance of the Eternal and unchangeable gave aid and support, and the discovery of the invisible world was not concealed from the view of some of those who came into this material world, but was anew revealed to them, after a measure of exertion of spiritual ardor.

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