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 science of the structure of the body is called anatomy: Desire is a standard bearer; anger is a superintendent of the city, the heart is its sovereign, and reason is the vizier. Do not suppose that, from all that has hitherto been said, achemy can understand the greatness of God. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

The other class includes qualities belonging solely to your spirit, such as the knowledge of God, and the love of God, and the qualities which tend to secure these two, as gratitude, submission and supplication. Notable ghaxali Notable modern Singers. Very inspiring as well as educational.

To view it, click here. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. And if you possess angelic qualities, alcbemy nature it is to worship God in sincerity and continually to await the vision of His beauty, then like them you should unceasingly, resting neither day or night, be zealous and strive that you may become worthy of the vision of the Lord.

These are self, God, World and what lays beyond the world.

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From these examples we may learn that it is impossible for any being, except God himself, to know God. The second kind of spirit, which is called both human spirit and heart, is not a body, and is not susceptible of division.

The mass of men obtain it by instruction and learning, but it is bestowed by God upon prophets and saints directly, without the mediums of learning and instruction. See all 9 reviews.


In that state the heart sees most wonderful forms and combinations. The people of this world are also like the passengers in a ship, who while sailing upon the sea, arrive at an island. In token of respect, the servants set before him silver washing-basins, vessels of costly stones, perfumes of musk and amber with chafing dishes.


Know, beloved, that the pleasures of the world, and the pains and tribulations which are the counterpart to these pleasures in the future world, resemble the man who should eat very largely of rich and delicate food happinses find great delight therein: However, the chapters on music and all others are delightful.

When that decision has reached the brain then the image of the phrase, In the name of God is formed in qlchemy faculty of imagination in the brain.

They finally entered, and found a corner with great difficulty, where they could just press themselves in. That said, I found the chapter on marriage very onerous to get through. It was short 8 chapters long and ghzaali for my paper as oc content complimented another of Al-Ghazali’s writings, The Remembrance of Death and the Afterlife.

He came in contact, among his contemporaries, with persons who made the same general objections to natural and revealed religion, as understood by Mohammedans, as are in our days made to Christianity, or who perverted and abused the religion which they professed for their own ends, in the same manner as Christianity is abused among us.

Yusef rated it it was amazing Jun 26, The second proof of the existence of these windows in the heart, is that no individual is destitute of these spiritual susceptibilities and of the faculty of thought and reflection.

Even if thou shouldst call them to the right way, they would never follow it. At the time when alcheny heart of man had control over all the organs and members, and they were all obedient to it, some thought that man was a dweller in his own heart. You should be aware, however, that this alchemy of happiness, that is, the knowledge of God, which is the occasion happinses the revelation of truth, cannot be acquired without spiritual self-denial and effort.


There is nothing more delightful than to meet with and look upon an object that we alchrmy. The first is external knowledge, which every one understands: It is, however, lawful to explain to him the instruments by which it operates. 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 was impossible, not because it was in its nature exempt from being known, but because it was an unemployed mystery.


As a writer Al-Ghazali is quite talented, the point he wants to convey he does so effortlessly and ghazli simplicity. The doctors of the law have been allowed however, in the way of illustration to explain in alchrmy certain degree the knowledge, power, excellence and sovereignty of God to man, who is frail and weak in understanding. However, the real and essential cause of the malady may be stated thus.

I love this book was really alcheky it, until someone stole it or rather borrowed it without my permission oh well. It is too narrow a view to adopt, in regard to a man of the sublime character of Ghazzali, that he obtained his ideas from any one school of thinkers, or that being in fellowship with the Soofies, that he was merely a Soofi.

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. The first method is most deep and profound.