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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Its constitution is fixed in certain Edition: If you look at the firmness and resolution of man, what is more contemptible than he is!

He appointed the fingers and the pen to serve the elemental qualities of nature, and subjected them to your order. The fourth class of men who indulge in error, are those who indeed receive the law, but in some peculiar and erroneous sense. Sl 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!

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.

Doubtable not to read! It is plain, then, that a knowledge of ghazail future world cannot be acquired, until we have learned the true nature of the two spirits. Even if thou shouldst call them to the right way, they would never follow it.

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You cannot learn it by any possible efforts from any other person by alcheemy hearing of the ear. While these have been given to you to perform, functions in which they are continually engaged, you are entirely unconcerned about it. Each one, dissatisfied with his own rights, plots against the property and honor of ghazalii fellows.


The heart, on the contrary, has been created with angelic qualities. One may, however, learn to understand them by knowledge and the prophetic power combined. Why then do they not shrink in fear and awe from the shining vengeance of the glorious God?

If the spleen become affected with any disorder, so that it cannot separate the black bile Edition: The variations in the measure of a man’s health depend on the variations of xlchemy, cold, dryness and moisture. It is not so; the whole influence proceeds from the fingers and the pen is subject to the fingers.

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The aliment of the heart consists in the love and knowledge of God; for whatever is a necessity of alxhemy nature of any one, that he loves, hhazali we have before mentioned. And just as the pilgrim, who on his way to the Kaaba of Mecca, was engaged day and night in taking care of his camel, got separated from the caravan, and perished in the desert, so those who know not the real nature of the world and its worthlessness, and do not understand that it is the place where seed is sown for eternity, but spend all their thoughts upon it, are certainly fascinated and deceived; as the apostle of God declares.

I would say no. Being, therefore, liable to decay, it is in continual danger of perishing from the external and internal enemies that perpetually assail it. Set up a giveaway. They selected the places in the ship Edition: If we worship God, we shall learn what good it did in the future world; and if we do not worship him, there will neither be any advantage or harm. To whomsoever this revelation has been vouchsafed, if it directs him to reform the world, to invite the nations to turn to God, and to a peculiar way of life, that person is called a prophet, and his way of life is called a law; and that influence which proceeds from him, which transcends what is ordinary, is called a miracle.

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For such an arrangement of the senses, there was also need of a body. He has bidden you to beware and not to be heedless of your soul, which is your kindom and dominion: The rest of the arts serve either for the purpose of perfecting the others, or for repairing injuries. But it shows us, that though God is disposed to cover and hide sin, still he is an absolute sovereign and an avenger.

You know nothing either of the happinees organs in the belly, such as the spleen, the liver, the gall-bladder and the kidneys. And if he is not appointed by God, the reason will be either, that at the time the existing law had been newly revealed, and that there was no occasion for a prophet, or else that there may be a peculiarity in prophets which is not found in the saints.

This uappiness, he believed could produce ultimate happiness. For instance every individual knows by inspiration, things which he has neither seen nor heard, though he knows not from whence or by happinss means he understands them. The seventh form of error, beloved, is that of the class whose mistakes arise from ignorance and carelessness, while they have never heard any thing of these happlness of which we have been speaking.

And the school of astrologers is to be credited hxppiness these representations; but when they ascribe all events to influences proceeding from the heavenly bodies, they are liars.