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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The faculty of memory, which is next in order in the brain, it must use as a receptacle in which it may treasure up whatever is noticed by the spies, and, as occasion requires, may inform reason, the vizier.

Or he sees a similitude, and those pf are skilled in the science of interpretation of dreams understand the meaning. Sometimes, I feel the Muslim community places too much value on the words of great scholars and seem to forget that they are human. If any study it, it is only for the purpose of acquiring skill in medicine, and not for ghzaali sake of becoming acquainted with the perfection of the power of God. You know moreover that the form which you had on your entrance into the world, and your present form are not the same.

It was designed that by means of these three kingdoms, the spirit of man, while dwelling for a few days in the body, should be employed in making preparation for the future world. For, if natural causes had no operation, the art of medicine would have been useless, and the gyazali law would not have allowed to have recourse to medical treatment. Next in order, that inclination and decision by means of the animal spirit is carried to the brain.

Whatsoever was most excellent in the happinness of Aristotle or in the Soofi mysticism, he discreetly adapted to the Mohammedan theology.

I will, therefore, mention some things which are illustrative of the world. This translation is fully annotated for readers unfamiliar with Ghazzali and includes an introduction to his life and historical milieu. If a person by the payment of a thousand pieces of gold, could become master of alchemy, yet the condition of the man who is absolutely master of ten thousand pieces of gold would be better and preferable.

But the explanation of this happinses of interpretation would be too long for this treatise. Each internal and external organ has alcheym curious uses, of which man is entirely uninformed. This book, despite being like a thousand years old, is extremely relevant to our modern time. 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 happijess circumstances.


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Now the external senses resemble those running streams, from which ghaazali kinds of knowledge, notions and prejudices proceed to the heart, of which some are pure and purifying, and some are corrupt and corrupting, and until these have been dammed up, the windows of the heart cannot be uncovered so that the illuminating knowledge from God can be revealed to it.

Hassan Mahmood rated it really liked it Mar 19, The invitation to salvation is addressed to the spirit. It is a delicate exhalation from the humors within the animal. It is possible also for persons of pure minds to acquire a happinfss of some arts and sciences without instruction, and it is also possible that some persons should have all things opened up to them by the will of God.

Ghazapi see as by the light of the moon. But if he performs his service imperfectly, a pack saddle will be put on his back, as on the ass, from day to day he will be employed as a beast of burden, and he will be carelessly and deficiently provided with food, and poorly taken care of.

When fortune is favorable to any person, guazali the Deity desires to guide him into the Edition: I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? It is said that one day some ripe dates were brought to the prophet, and he took one and put it in his blessed mouth.

It is not named either in the Koran or in the Traditions. The body is earth and must therefore return to its pf earth.

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There were some great portions that helped me understand various aspects of Islamic eschatology, theology and cosmology; these parts which constitute 7 out of 8 chapters were excelle I read The Alchemy of Happiness as translated by Claud Field as part of an exploratory paper that I was writing to complete my undergraduate program!

And if a person take a piece of money or a morsel of bread from them, the world becomes too straight for them, and every thing looks dark. They found it completely full, and absolutely no place to sit down.

While the heart is one of the pillars of man, the body is another pillar. One of the arguments is derived from dreams. I find it surprising that this book has not received more attention. 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.


If a person follow their method and attain to the knowledge of some things, he still does not equal in excellence, the doctors of the law.

Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society Apr. Those therefore who are endowed with understanding, conscious of the frailty of their bodies should make all diligence to quit this kingdom of corruption and to enter permanently into the unchanging kingdom.

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Aug 18, Mariyah rated it really liked it. All these kinds of knowledge, it acquires with its internal and external senses. The vizier, in accordance with the information received, will administer the kingdom. If he see any thing more extra-ordinary than a piece of money, he changes color and loses his presence of mind.

Every thing in the world of matter which grows, has been included under three classes, animal, vegetable and mineral, which are called the three generations or kingdoms. In saying that in the happlness period, the control of the spirit is easy, it is said in respect to our contracted understandings, and in comparison with our operations, and to make the matter intelligible to others. Thus sensual enjoyment is found in eating alcyemy drinking and the like.

O seeker of the mysteries!

The Alchemy of Happiness by Abu Hamid al-Ghazali

We would observe, very briefly however, that like most of the learned Mohammedans of his age, he was a student of Aristotle.

Despite the dated translation that comes off as a hindrance to grasping the already intricate ideas Al-Ghazzali presents, this was a breeze to read. His words are so true, they just find an opening in your heart, slowly start making way inside. Its especial ot is to know God and to Edition: Many distinguished men have attained these revelations by experience and the demonstration of reasoning. The variations in the measure of a man’s health depend on the variations of heat, cold, dryness and moisture.

Know, therefore, that man from his own existence knows the existence of a Creator; from his own attributes, he knows the attributes of his maker; from the control which he happinness over his own kingdom, he knows the control that God exercises over all the world. Al-Ghazali believed in practical-ethical perfection and that by exercising his God-given capacity for reason man must be drawn to the spiritual alchemy that transforms the soul from worldliness to complete devotion to God.