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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You need to know, therefore, what qualities predominate in your character, and in the predominance of which your true happiness consists.

The four fingers have three joints each, and the thumb has but two, that when contracted they may become like the bowl of a spoon or ladle, and that when open they may become like a plate, and so discharge an infinity of services. The second thing needful for a man is, that the body should be preserved and tended with alchemh, since it is the frame of the heart.

Answer, the spirit is a creation by decree of the Lord. This is also an exalted way, though in comparison with the former, its results are insignificant and contracted. So long as the various forces of the body are obedient to the dictates of the heart, in like manner as the angels obey in the presence of God, no contrariety of action can arise among them.

For, although in sleep the senses are blunted, the imaginative faculty is not, but preserves the forms reflected upon the mirror of the heart. These underwent a change and disappeared, and the ingredients derived from food took their place. We have to stop deluding ourselves with the attachment of this world. And it follows that the way of the mystics must be acknowledged to be a true one, and that you must not destroy the belief of those weak minded and vain persons who follow them; for, the reason why they cast reproaches upon knowledge and calumniate the doctors of law is that they have no acquirements or knowledge themselves.


We would observe, very briefly however, that like most of the learned Mohammedans of his age, he was a student of Aristotle.


The heart has dominion and control through three channels. The ruin of the soul consists in the predominance of some other love over the love of God, which veils the divine love.

Moreover, God’s creating prophets, sending them to us, and leading us to their law and to love them, is a perfume of His universal beneficence. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. There is nothing more delightful than to meet with and look upon an object that we love. Syazwani rated it it was amazing Dec 05, To love God, you must know Him, know your Self, and know the world; then elevate these knows to realizing the ultimate love.

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The purpose and design of the world, is to afford an opportunity Edition: Many distinguished men have attained these revelations by experience and the demonstration of reasoning. It should be kept in mind, that you possess two classes of qualities or attributes. There was also a not great part to this book. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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Only religion can do so, where it constantly reminds us that the truth is found inside The quest for happiness has always been part of the human condition.

If you inquire, O student! If the minds of the ghazalii, 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 ov excellent than the present arrangement, Edition: The book touches almost every sphere and aspect of human life and has valuable advice for that.


Wikisource has original text related to this article: However, the real and essential cause of the malady may be stated thus.

The Alchemy of Happiness by Abu Hamid al-Ghazali

The science of the structure of the body is called anatomy: The most wonderful thing of all is, that there is a window in the heart from whence it surveys the world. If he should be busy with his camel day and night, and should expend all his capital in feeding it, he would not reach his destination, but would ultimately become separated from his caravan, would lose all that he possessed, and in view of the injury he had sustained, he would be the victim of unceasing regrets, and ruin would ensue.

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. It follows from what has been said, that it is not a necessary condition of the resurrection and restoration that the spirit should possess exactly the original mould.

If wlchemy are endowed chiefly with the qualities of devils, which consist in evil machinations, deceit and delusion, then you should know and be aware of it, that you may turn towards the path of perfection. The colors and perfumes of herbs and fruits exist also from its influence. The knowledge of anatomy is the means by which we become acquainted with animal life: