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The Alchemy of Happiness

The Alchemy of Happiness

Author: Al-Ghazzali

Publisher: Samaira Book Publishers

ISBN: 9789387550261

Category: Religion

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The Alchemy of Happiness was an attempt to show ways in which the lives of a Sufi could be based on what is demanded by Islamic law. This book allowed Al Ghazzali to considerably reduce the tensions between the scholars and mystics. The influence of Al-Ghazzali upon both the Christian and Islamic thinkers of the Middle Ages and beyond is being more and more widely documented.

The Alchemy of Happiness

The Alchemy of Happiness

Author: Ghazzālī

Publisher: Kazi Publications Incorporated

ISBN: 1567446744

Category: Religion

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al-Ghazzali Alchemy of Happiness 2 Vol set You are here: Books : Great Books of the Islamic World Product ID: 4598 Price: $89.95 Sale Price: $71.95 You Save $18.00 Author: Imam Muhammad al-Ghazzali Translator: Jay R. Crook About this item: The first complete English translation of The Alchemy of Happiness, this is Imam Ghazzali's Persian summary of his famous Arabic treatise on morality and ethics in Islam, The Revival of Religious Sciences. In this work, Ghazzali details the many pitfalls, snares, and distractions-internal and external-that lie in wait to divert the traveler of the Way from attaining the goal which Ghazzali calls "spiritual happiness." But there are also defenders, guides, and helpers which the traveler may enlist in his aid if he recognizes them. In The Alchemy, Ghazzali has provided the traveler of the Way with a critique of faith and a detailed guidebook to guide him safely to that goal. If he follows its counsels, he will successfully pass through the awesome tribunal of the Resurrection to achieve everlasting salvation, the highest degree of which is that state in which there remains neither fear of the terrors of hell nor appetite for the pleasures of Paradise. It is the pure ecstasy of the loving Divine Presence: Absolute spiritual happiness.

The Alchemy of Happiness

The Alchemy of Happiness

Author: Marilyn Bowering

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 088878435X

Category: Poetry

Page: 144

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Bowering delivers poems that blend of personalities, times, and places that add up to an overall substance she sees as happiness.

The Alchemy of Happiness

The Alchemy of Happiness

Author: Ghazzālī

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: UOM:49015001458513

Category: Religion

Page: 168

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An auspicious beginning to a series that will include primary sources, anthologies, and classic and original interpretations relating to world history for the nonspecialist reader. Ghazzali (A.D. 1058-111) is one of the most important religious figures in Islamic history. The Alchemy, an introduction to the thought and practice of Sufism, was written late in a career noted for its synthesizing of mysticism and orthodox Sunni Islam. The collection of extracts is revised from Claud Field's 1910 translation of an Urdu abridgment of a Persian rescension of the original Arabic. No indedx. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

The Alchemy of Happiness

The Alchemy of Happiness

Author: Abu Hamed Al Ghazali

Publisher:

ISBN: 1908388439

Category: Religion

Page: 98

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Abu H med Mohammad Al-Ghazz l was born in the city of Tus, Persia, in the year 1058. Al Ghazali was a polymath and wrote authoritatively on jurisprudence, theology and philosophy. But his world-view was decidedly mystical and he soon joined the Sufi Brotherhood - an esoteric group viewed with suspicion by orthodox Muslim clerics of his day. Following a spiritual crisis at the age of 37, he resigned from his professorship in Baghdad, and retired from the world to practice sufi spiritual disciplines. It was during this time Al Ghazali wrote his masterwork, 'Ihya'ul ulumuddin' (The Revival of the Religious Sciences) which finally won acceptance for Sufism in Islam, and the respect of Medieval western scholars such as St Thomas Aquinas. 'The Alchemy of Happiness' is Al Ghazali's own abridgement of this colossal work. Full of wisdom and compassion, 'The Alchemy of Happiness' is replete with telling comparisons and penetrating allegories. It is a book that works upon the innermost soul, forcing the reader to view his True Self with all its inadequacies, and offering a path to Union with God through Love.

The Alchemy of Happiness

The Alchemy of Happiness

Author: Abu Al-Ghazzali

Publisher:

ISBN: 1953450768

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The Alchemy of Happiness is a work of Islamic philosophy by Persian theologian, philosopher, mystic, and moralist Al-Ghazzali. Written around AD 1105, this was one of many works by the great man to help Muslims clarify which aspects of contemporary philosophy contradicted the faith, and which supported it. In middle age, Al-Ghazzali was in the midst of a successful career as a well-known educator and guest at the court of a powerful vizier. Despite his accomplishments, he abandoned his lucrative posts in AD 1095 and disposed of his wealth, electing to live as an ascetic and mystic. He chose not to teach at state-sponsored schools anymore, opting for a life of seclusion and teaching at smaller, donation-supported schools. He was considered one of the renewers of Islam, who are said to appear at the start of each century to cleanse the faith and keep it pure. This belief was supported by Al-Ghazzali's writing. He wrote over seventy works during his lifetime, with another twenty attributed to him but unconfirmed. Near the beginning of the twelfth century, Al-Ghazzali wrote The Alchemy of Happiness. It is a shorter, Persian version of his previous work, The Revival of Religious Sciences, originally written in Arabic. It is one of his many works of Sufism, and is considered Al-Ghazzali's most important Persian writing. The first four chapters of this book are commentary on the famous traditional saying from Muhammad: "He who knows himself knows God." In the first chapter, Al-Ghazzali explains the knowledge of the self. Each of us has attributes of animals, devils, and angels, he writes, and it is up to us to determine which are which. Rather than indulging in earthly pleasures that come to us from our more brutish instincts, we should strive toward our angelic selves, and "Contemplate the beauty of God." The second chapter is concerned with the knowledge of God. Starting from the premise that man did not make himself, and that everything mortal man needs has been provided from "the storehouse of creation," we begin to become aware of God's mercy and love. The events of a lifetime, even illness and suffering, are designed to lead individuals to God. In the next chapter, we learn about the world as it is. It is a place where we are put to prepare for our future journey-that is, to prepare for the afterlife. If we spend our time caring for our bodies and nourishing our souls through knowledge and love of God, we will be prepared for the next phase of our journeys to happiness. The final step in the alchemy is the knowledge of the next world. Each man possesses two souls: an animal and an angelic soul. The animal soul emits from the heart, and powers the organs and limbs of the body. When that heart ceases to beat, the animal soul dies. The angelic soul is not tied to the body, so when the animal soul dies, the angelic soul is freed. If that soul was tied to earthly pleasures like money and family, it will suffer from the loss of them. But if the soul had a lesser connection to the world and a stronger connection to God, then it will rejoice and be at peace. The remaining chapters of the book go into greater detail about religious life; exploring music, self-examination, and marriage as either aids or detractors to the work of the angelic soul. The primary thesis of The Alchemy of Happiness is that a life of self-discipline and devotion to God is fundamental to the joy of living. Al-Ghazzali's legacy was to bring Sufism, or Islamic mysticism, into the orthodoxy of Islam. He is considered by some to be the most important Muslim after the prophet Muhammad, and he was given the title "The Proof of Islam" during his life.

The Alchemy Of Happiness

The Alchemy Of Happiness

Author: Al Gazzhali

Publisher:

ISBN: 939367728X

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An interesting and sincere book, very deep, a book to rediscover yourself in the voyage of finding joy as the author claims: "He who knows himself is truly happy." The Alchemy of Happiness was a book written by Moḥammed al-Ghazali, a Persian theologian, philosopher, and prolific Sunni Muslim writer considered as one of the most sumptuous methodical thinkers of Islam. The Alchemy of Happiness was written towards the end of his life shortly before 499/1105. During the time, before it was written the Muslim world was believed to be in a state of political as well as philosophical unrest. Al-Ghazali noted that there were continuous arguments about the role of ideology and academic faith and that Sufis became criticised for their negligence of the ritual obligations of Islam. The Alchemy of Happiness emphasized the significance of honouring the ritual necessities of Islam, the actions that would lead to redemption, and the avoidance of sin.

The Alchemy of Happiness

The Alchemy of Happiness

Author: Al- Ghazzali

Publisher: Azafran Books

ISBN: 0995655707

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The Alchemy of Happiness was written by Al-Ghazzali - a Persian theologian and philosopher. The influence of Al-Ghazzali upon both the Christian and Islamic thinkers of the Middle Ages and beyond is being more and more widely documented. Known as The Proof of Islam, Ghazzali finally won acceptance for Sufism in Islam, and his methods of argument and analysis powerfully impressed the scholars of the West, who imitated him extensively. Above all, Ghazzali was a Sufi, The Alchemy of Happiness is his own abridgement, designed for the ordinary reader, of his colossal master-work, The Revival of Religious Sciences. NOTE: This edition by Azafran Books was published in November 2016 and has been re-edited and formatted by a team of dedicated real people - not an algorithm! This edition is NOT from a scanned copy with original errors. PLEASE regard all reviews prior to our publication date as referring to other editions, which may have typographical errors. Our books have been carefully re-published to the highest of standards.