Sacred Texts Islam. THE ALCHEMY OF HAPPINESS. BY AL GHAZZALI. CLAUD FIELD, translator [b. , d. ]. . Title Page · Contents · Editorial Note. Ghazzali’s “The Alchemy of Happiness”, written toward the end of his life, provides a succinct introduction to both the theory and practice of Sufism (Islamic . Ihya-ul-ulum Ghazzali says: “The matter went so far that certain persons boasted of a union with the The first four chapters of The Alchemy of Happiness are a.
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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazzali is one of the most important religious figures in Islamic history. He is particularly noted for his brilliant synthesis of mysticism and traditional Sunni Islam. Ghazzali’s “The Alchemy of Happiness”, written toward the end of his life, provides a succinct introduction to both the theory and practice of Sufism Islamic mysticism.
It thus offers many insights into traditional Muslim society. This translation is fully annotated for readers unfamiliar with Ghazzali and includes an introduction to his life and historical milieu. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other og questions about The Alchemy of Happinessplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about The Alchemy of Happiness.
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Aug 18, Mariyah rated it really liked it. An engaging and heart-felt book, very profound, a book to rediscover yourself in the journey of finding the happiness as the author claims: The quest for happiness has always been part of the human condition. Countless number of books have been written on the topic, and Al-Ghazali’s Alchemy of Happiness is no xlchemy. This book, “Kimiae Saadat”, was used as an abridgement to his magnum opus, the “Ihya”.
The modern world is all about ‘be yourself, know yourself, discover yourself, assert yourself’ but it doesn’t really tell us what the ‘self’ is. Only religion can do so, where it constantly reminds us that the truth is found inside The quest for happiness has always been part hppiness the human condition. Only religion can do so, where it constantly reminds us that the truth is found inside of us. Al-Ghazali breaks down his book in four parts: This book is a gem but I don’t recommed this edition of the book the one with a cover of a miniature as it contains numerous punctuation and spelling mistakes.
Apr 06, Ghadeer Sobhan rated it really liked it. Loved the essences and ghazzali found in this book. Doubtable not to read! Dec 29, Alex Kartelias rated it liked it Shelves: His talent lies in making illuminating analogies for spiritual and ethical points, and hence makes a great teacher. Problem is he gives the impression that these are only analogies, not Realities within their alcheky right.
Like many Sufi’s and mystics in general, he explains how our deeds will be shown to us ‘personsified’ before us on the day of judgement, how dreams and waking Visions can Perceive different Levels of Reality. However, his overly-cautious agnosticism when it comes to these and oth His talent lies in making illuminating analogies for spiritual and ethical points, and hence makes a great teacher.
However, his overly-cautious agnosticism when it comes to these ha;piness other mystical Realities diminishes his potential to take these things more seriously, rather than merely talking about the possible effects of these Realities upon the soul. But despite of his limitations, to take his wisdom seriously and to See his analogies with the transmuted Eye of The Heart, is to be close to the goal- submission to and peace in, The Real.
Aug 11, Suzanne Merchant rated it really liked it Shelves: 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! 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.
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!
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 excellent and I recommend reading them as Al-Ghazali had an astute understanding of how they related to cultivate a profound devotional life.
There was also a not great part to this book. As many of the female readers have noted, there is a chapter of marriage and women called “Marriage happinwss a Help or Hindrance to the Religious Life” and in this chapter, Al-Ghazali makes it clear that the cultivation of a profound devotional life, where one observes the Law, follows the Path, and is akchemy able to come face-to-face with the Truth Al-Ghazali might make exceptions for a few women, but in general, he believes that the Sufi path is for men, that women are generally confined to the Law and men are responsible for keeping women “in the path of the Law”.
I confess, I spent the reading of this chapter laughing because the content was that absurd. But what does this mean? Should women eschew reading this book? I would say no.
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Al-Ghazali may have had a fine intellect, but that does not mean that he’s infallible and the chapter on marriage makes that clear. Sometimes, I feel the Muslim community places too much value ghazalii the words of great scholars and seem to forget that they are human.
If anything, he’s just wrong on this score.
One of its most enigmatic passages: But hzppiness Islam consists ghaali 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.
There is, however, a mystery regarding the future world, which the holy law has not authorized to be explained or to be mentioned, because it alcyemy not possibly be understood. Seeing then that the knowledge of the future world cannot possibly be acquired, until that myst One of its most enigmatic passages: Seeing then that the knowledge of the future world cannot possibly be acquired, until that mystery is revealed, strive that it may be revealed in your own soul by pious endeavor, self-denial and divine guidance.
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You cannot learn it by any possible efforts from any other person by the hearing of the ear. Many persons have heard this mystery, which represents one of the attributes of God, but they did not acknowledge it as true, and said that it happinfss impossible, not because it was in its nature exempt from being known, but because it was an unemployed mystery.
It is not named either in the Koran or in the Traditions. This is a brilliant book. I read it during the period between and in Limerick, Ireland. The book touches almost hpapiness sphere and aspect of human life and has valuable advice for that. Written by one the most influential Muslim scholars of medieval times, Imam Ghazzali, this book is undoubtedly a master or. Everyone should have it on their book shelves.
It addresses how to handle human emotions such This is a brilliant book. It addresses how to handle human emotions such as anger, greed, spite and jealousy. It also advocates about a simpler and happienss lifestyle and how to deal with mundane to important diurnal issues.
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This is a must read. Dec 01, Susan Devy rated it it was amazing Shelves: I can’t believe gjazali this book was from 12th century yet it was such brilliantly well written that I find it’s hard alchemj compare this book with any books that written by nowadays scholars. I began to believe that almost all works of the scholars nowadays are base from Al-Ghazali’s. May 21, Shahd Fadlalmoula rated it really liked it.
A hallmark in the literature of Sufism, written alchmy a very practical and approachable manner. 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.
The essence of it is simple, happiness is in the Love of God. To love God, you must know Him, know your Self, and know the world; then elevate these knows to realizing the ultimate love. Al-Ghazzali doesn’t necessarily give the reader a road map to maneuveri A hallmark in the literature of Sufism, written in a very practical and approachable manner. Al-Ghazzali doesn’t necessarily give the reader a road map to maneuvering this knowledge, and threading the path of life to realize said love.
Personally, I found this book inspiring and meditative; it came as a sharp but welcome reminder to look for balance in one’s happinezs. That said, I found the chapter on marriage very onerous to get through. Despite being a brilliant mind, and a thinker ahead of his time, Al-Ghazzali was not immune to the sexism of his age It is not until you get to that chapter that you realize he is really only talking to men, as if spiritual duties were a gendered thing.
He speaks of women ghazai if they couldn’t mentally and intellectually develop enough to grasp, let alone realize his message. If you can excuse this to a mere consequence of reading a book that is at least a millennium old despite which, its message remains relevant and novelyou will find great value in this book. Oct 30, Ahmed Abdul rehman rated it really liked it. As a writer Al-Ghazali is quite talented, the point he wants to convey he does so effortlessly and with simplicity.
His knowledge of litrature and sayings alche,y Prophets and saints is amazing and he uses them perfectly to explain the point he wants to convey. Perhaps this is his greatest ability to qoute from revered sources rather than imposing his own thoughts, even if he might have a bias. I can recommend this book, it is a simple book and has its charms here and there.
Some of his thoughts are e As a writer Ghazwli is quite talented, the point he wants to convey he does so effortlessly and with simplicity. 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 alcnemy some wisdom for everyone in the book. Aug 19, Asaad Mahmood rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Hsppiness is a book that can easily be unappreciated.
The advice seems like the same advice we have been hearing alchmy a part of conservative circles, though this is something alvhemy needs to be reminded and stressed over and over again. The struggle towards how we can achieve a connection with The Divine.
We have to stop deluding ourselves with the attachment of this world. Love of this world and the next are quite hard, perhaps impossible to exist in parallel. We need to somehow lift the curtain of de This is a book that can easily be unappreciated. We need to somehow lift the curtain of delusion from our eyes happjness regards to the temporality of this world and somehow halpiness believing in the hereafter as a grave and forthcoming reality.
Jan 02, Asma Almalki rated it really liked it.