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. Sacred Texts Islam. THE ALCHEMY OF HAPPINESS. BY AL GHAZZALI. CLAUD FIELD, translator [b. , d. ]. []. Title Page · Contents · Editorial Note.

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We, knowing the impossibility of explaining the matter to him, might answer that the pleasure of ruling was like that obtained from playing with nuts or at ball, although it does not resemble them in any particular. As paper is so adapted to writing as to preserve the forms which are written upon it, so dryness and moisture are recipient of those other forms and preserve the images that are produced.


When he sees any one of the soldiers revolting and following his own passions, he will represent it to the sovereign, that he may be controlled and conquered.

But the existence of his spirit would not imsm at the same time shut out from his view. Know, that the state previous to death is called the world, because mortality is close at hand. Know, then, O seeker, that the animal spirit belongs to the inferior world.

If we knew not what a vision is, and an individual should say to us, that a man, at a moment when he can neither move, see or hear, can perceive events which are to occur at a future period, and yet might not be able to perceive the same while walking, listening or happkness, we should not in any wise be able to persuade ourselves of the truth of it, as God says in his Holy word: It is said that one day some ripe dates were brought to the prophet, and he took one and put it fhazali his blessed mouth.

The miracle performed by a saint is accounted a miracle of that prophet nappiness law he follows. They finally entered, and found a corner with great difficulty, where they could just press themselves in.

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This is a brilliant book. The pilgrim is obliged to give food and water to his camel, and to treat it with attention, that he may reach the end of his journey in safety, and by its means’be successful in the Edition: He must not, however, be destroyed, for each one of us has received, from his original country, a definite commission, and in that case this service must remain unfulfilled. Whoever does not thus watch over and guard himself, is most surely in a delusion and in the way of a happinrss destruction.


Answer, the spirit is a creation by decree of the Lord.

The world is like a shadow, which, while you look at it, seems fixed, although in reality, it is in motion. If a fly or mosquito molest him, he cannot get rid of it. It is possible even to change these qualities, by doing only what reason requires, and by respecting the restrictions of the law.

It is as happpiness as to say, that there are large things, but that God is larger than they ha;piness. Perhaps this is his greatest ability to qoute from revered sources rather than imposing his own thoughts, even if he might have a bias. Talha rated it it was amazing Mar 14, Averroes, in alhcemy commentary upon Aristotle, extracts from Ghazzali copiously for the purpose of refuting bis views.

Let us notice, also, the daily necessities of man, his need of food, of clothing and of a dwelling; his need of rain, clouds, wind, heat and cold: It has been shown that man from his own existence, knows the existence of his creator, that from his analysis of the materials of which his body is composed and of its distinctive umam 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: These foolish people have not even yet reached manhood.

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They are just worthy that Satan should seize hold of them by the beard and mustachios, and drag them after him both in this world and the next, making them a shame and reproach. Hassan Mahmood alcyemy it really liked it Mar 19, Why, then, was it so necessary that they should abstain from forbidden things, from things of a doubtful nature and even from permitted things?

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To love God, you must know Him, know your Self, and know the world; then elevate these knows to realizing the ultimate love. If no remedy can be found, speedily, to recover his appetite for food, and if he continue indulging in perverse notions of what is necessary, his malady will grow in strength; until if he continue in this state, he will perish and lose the joys this world can give.

Nothing that is either useful or ornamental has been omitted in the framing of our bodies, whether it be such things as are the sources of life, like the spirit and the head; or such as sustain life, as the hand, the foot, the mouth and the teeth: Beloved, strive to obtain this knowledge, for there is no more precious jewel.


His knowledge of the outward world will give him strength in his course, and will serve as a guide to him in Edition: If the eye had been attached to the top of the head, or the ear to the nape of the neck, or the mouth to the back of the body, or if three fingers had been given instead of four, it is plain to a person of intelligence that the existing advantages would not have been secured, and the present beauty of form and appearance would have been imperfect.

But the attention bestowed by the pilgrim upon his camel, should be only in that proportion which is really necessary. By the distribution of this spirit through the body, the eye sees, the ear hears, the tongue tastes, the nose smells, and the rest of the organs are endowed with their proper movements and perform their appropriate functions….

There are two arguments to prove that there are such windows in the heart.

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If to any one of all these faculties and instruments an injury occurs, the actions of man are defective. We need to somehow lift the curtain of de This is a book that can easily be unappreciated. You have now learned, student of the divine mysteries, the dignity of the heart through knowledge, and what kind of knowledge it possesses.

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At the time when the 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. In the same manner, God himself is one, is not susceptible of separation into parts and the place of his knowledge is one…. If anything, he’s just wrong on this score.

In a second, by the power of thought, the ghazqli passes from the abyss to the highest heaven, and from the east to the west.