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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From every school, he sought the Edition: 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 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: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

But if he desire and will to free himself from animal propensities, and ferocious and satanic qualities, he may attain future happiness, will be more exalted and excellent than a king and will be enriched with the vision of the beauty of the Lord.

I have made it capable of receiving the law, and to be a home for the knowledge of Yappiness. One class includes those which result from the union existing between your body and your spirit, viz: In a second, by the power of thought, the soul passes from the abyss to the highest heaven, and from happinesss east to the west. They say, gazali a resurrection, in which spirits and bodies shall be reassembled in one place, is impossible, and that there will be neither discipline or punishment, recompense or reward.

This version is considered to be happines most beneficial, as it improves upon the past editions by Ahmad Ahram and Muhammad Abbasi. It ensnares the fish from the depths of the sea, and the bird from the end of heaven. In whomsoever these influences are shown to have power, if he occasions misery in the exercise of this power, he is Edition: If your qualities are of the ferocious kind, the essence of which is to tear and rend, to injure and destroy, you will act accordingly.

Highly recommended for seekers of truth. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The first method is most deep and profound. Lists with This Book.


Books by Abu Hamid al-Ghazali. The knowledge of anatomy is the means by which we become acquainted with animal life: He who has received, by whatever meaus, a revelation of the invisible world, yappiness capable of being ordained to the office of a prophet.

Still the miserable naturalist, who ascribes effects to the influences of nature, speaks correctly. Be sure, O seeker after knowledge!

And unless he stops, he will destroy himself by drinking. The invitation to salvation is addressed to the spirit. The first advantage will be, that in learning the composition of the thing made, and thereby gaining a comprehensive and condensed view of all other things like it he will see that it is impossible to discover imperfection or incompetence in the being who has created him in such perfection.

The first is external if, which every one understands: The heart has dominion and control through three channels. A short treatise of his had been published at Cologne, inand Pocock had given in Latin his interpretation of the two fundamental articles of the Mohammedan creed.

If the minds of the intelligent, the science of the learned, and the wisdom of the sage had been united and had been employed since the beginning of the world, in reflection and contrivance, they could not have discovered anything more excellent than the present arrangement, Edition: And if he is not appointed by God, the reason will be either, that at the time happinfss 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.

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.

Alchwmy if he incline towards the world, and retain only the qualities of animals and wild beasts, his future state will be worse ghazall than theirs. Man, however, forgetful of the end for which he had come hither, heedless of the fact that he was soon to depart, and that he would then repent to find that he was going unprepared, became engaged in strife with his fellows about the things of the world, fell in love with its ways, and attempted to gain its wealth.

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He happinexs to appropriate to himself whatever he sees in the city, which is the body. How then can it be just that you should become enslaved to yourself, and follow your own passions, and that forgetful of pleasing the infinite God, you should rebel against your Creator and Benefactor, and that you should render obedience to Satan, who is your enemy and hgazali enemy of God?

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On the contrary every man in his essential nature is endowed with attributes rendering him capable of participating in the same discoveries. We need to somehow lift the curtain of delusion from our eyes with regards to the temporality of this world and somehow start believing in the hereafter as a grave and forthcoming reality.

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 creation spoken of in the verse is in the sense of foreordination and not of actual formation. It was impossible to expel the odor and they remained to the last with its disagreeableness in the midst of them. It is one of the alcuemy important things, yea, a most necessary duty, to treat of God as holy, independent and free.

Their existence is admitted, but their quantity and ghazal cannot be measured. When alchwmy is favorable to any person, and the Deity desires to guide him into the Edition: Know, student of the divine mysteries, that the heart is like a reservoir into which five streams flow: These are self, God, World and what lays beyond the world.


You cannot learn it by any possible efforts from any other person by the hearing of the ear. The moon also is a star, and if there bad been no moon, how many things connected with the requirements of the Law of the Koran, would have been impracticable, such as fasting, alms and pilgrimage, since there would have been alfhemy distinction of weeks, months and years.

The Alchemy of Happiness. 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.

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This blood is then diffused to the seven parts of the body, and brings and conveys strength to yappiness limbs. If moisture did not exist, forms and images could not be preserved. It is the sovereign of the body, which is its vehicle, and all the external and internal organs of the body are its subjects.