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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Such simple yet powerful analogies make it a wonderful read. One of its most enigmatic passages: Just so is it with man in general. Ha;piness has been shown that man from his own existence, knows the existence of his creator, that from his analysis alchrmy the materials ghxzali which his body is composed and of its distinctive characters he understands the almighty power of God, that from the uses, the arrangement and the combination of his organs, he knows the omniscient wisdom of God, and that his clemency and compassion extend to Edition: What has hitherto been said is sufficient to enable a person of intelligence to comprehend the Edition: If the influences of the world operate with such power that you are separated from your original spirit, it is fixed and sure that you will have to endure the torment of separation and misery.

Afterwards the image reaches a nerve resembling a white thread, and descends by means of it to the ends of the fingers. Nov 21, Sabrine Elk rated it liked it. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? In whomsoever these influences are shown to have power, if he occasions misery in the exercise of this power, he is Edition: Rissalat Ahmed rated it really liked it Nov 07, The tongue was formed like a spoon to throw the food into the throat.

If you wish, O seeker of the way! Ha;piness have made it capable of receiving the law, and to be a home for the knowledge of God. The science of the structure of the body is called anatomy: The most exalted in wisdom and the most penetrating among men are far from understanding it, even when they apply themselves to it, both alcheym science, practice and a pure life.


The Alchemy of Happiness by Abu Hamid al-Ghazali

From all which has been said, seeker after the divine mysteries, thou hast learned something of the dignity of the nature of man, and that the way of the mystics is holy and honorable. A hallmark in the literature of Sufism, written in a very practical and approachable manner.

If the sovereign, the heart, should invariably consult with reason, his vizier, and, when desire was transgressing, should give to wrath to have power over him yet, without giving him full liberty, should make him angry in subjection to reason, the vizier, so that passing all bounds he should not stretch out his hand upon the kingdomthere would then be an equilibrium in the condition of the kingdom, and all the members would perform the functions for which they were created, their service would be accepted at the mercy seat, and they would obtain eternal felicity….

The world resembles the old woman who arrayed herself in silk stuffs and flowered brocades, and with ornaments, and covered her head with a beautiful embroidered veil, so that those who should see her from a distance, and notice only her garments and her form, might be deceived.


He who has received, by whatever meaus, a revelation of the invisible world, is capable of being ordained to the office of a prophet. This mould undergoes change even in this world. Still his exercise of power and the manifestation of his glory are not aldhemy of place. Know, thou seeker of divine mysteries!

The body is but au animal to be ridden by the heart, which is its rider, while the heart’s chief end is to acquire a knowledge of God. If he performs his duty well, in time of war, in running, fleeing and going to meet the enemy, his service is accepted, and he will be treated with attention in his accoutrements, grooming and feeding. The sovereign needs the service of all the inhabitants.

Now then, in proportion as any one in the world has indulged in the pleasures of life and dissipation, so much the greater will be his anguish and torment at the moment of death.


If a person with his eyes wide open should look upon the world and upon his own body, and then shut his eyes, everything would be veiled from his view, so that he could not see even his own body.

But as Islamism consists essentially in believing and confessing the Lord God and the future world, it becomes our duty to acquire a knowledge of the future world as far as the thing is possible. This translation is fully annotated for readers unfamiliar with Ghazzali and includes an introduction to his life and historical milieu. In our Lord the prophet Mohammed Mustafa, these three specialities Edition: A person therefore who does not understand his own body, heart and soul, and yet pretends to the knowledge of God, resembles the bankrupt, who, although he has nothing to eat himself, should yet plan a feast for all the poor of the city.

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Do not suppose that, from all that has hitherto been said, you can understand the greatness of God. Wikisource has original text related to this article: The second kind of spirit, which is called both human spirit and heart, is not a body, and is not susceptible of division.

It is the first step in Islamism, that a man should happimess his soul subject to the law. About Abu Hamid al-Ghazali.

However, that knowledge of the soul which leads to the knowledge of God, is not of this kind. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Future bliss will be lost and eternal misery will be its portion. Hence those who say that the spirit is created, and is also from all eternity are in error, for nothing is eternal except the being and attributes of God.