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Alchemy of Happiness

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Al-Ghazzali (Author), Claud Field (Translator)

The book was originally written by Imam Ghazali in the Persian language. It is a compendium of some chapters of his main work 'Ihya' `Ulum al-Din'. If one consults the corresponding chapters in the Ihya', one would find that many of the arguments presented here also discussed there in details. 'Knowledge of a part is better than ignorance of the whole.' (Abu'l-Feda) 'he spiritual alchemy which operates this change in him, like that which transmutes base metals into gold, is not easily discovered, nor to be found in the house of every old woman. It is to explain that alchemy and its methods of operation that the author has undertaken this work, which he has entitled, The Alchemy of Happiness. Now the treasuries of God, in which this alchemy is to be sought, are the hearts of the prophets, and he who seeks it elsewhere will be disappointed and bankrupt on the day of judgement when he hears the word, 'We have lifted the veil from off thee, and thy sight to-day is keen.' ( From the Introduction by Imam Ghazali) CONTENTS PREFACE INTRODUCTION I. THE KNOWLEDGE OF SELF II. THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD III. THE KNOWLEDGE OF THIS WORLD IV. THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE NEXT WORLD V. CONCERNING MUSIC AND DANCING AS AIDS TO THE RELIGIOUS LIFE · 73 VI. CONCERNING SELF-EXAMINATION AND THE RECOLLECTION OF GOD VII. MARRIAGE AS A HELP OR HINDRANCE TO THE RELIGIOUS LIFE VIII. THE LOVE OF GOD

 

Al-Ghazali on the Manners Relating to Eating: Book XI of the Revival of the Religious Sciences (Ihya' 'Ulum al-Din): The Revival of the Religious Sciences. (The Islamic Texts Society's Ghazali Series) [Hardcover]

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Translated by Denys Johnson-Davies

The eleventh chapter of The Revival of the Religious Sciences begins the section dealing with man and society.  In this volume concentrating on the manners relating to eating, Ghazali first discusses what a person must uphold when eating by himself; That the food is lawful, that both the person and the surroundings should be clean, that one must be content with what is available,  and how the person should conduct himself while eating and after eating. 

Ghazali then proceeds to discuss eating in company and says that to all the above should be added the necessity of courtesy, conversation and the proper presentation of food.  Finally, Ghazali expounds the virtues of hospitality and generosity and the conduct of the host as well as that of the guest.  Other topics that are discussed are:  abstention from food, fasting, and general health.

 

The Proper Conduct of Marriage in Islam (Adab an-Nikah)

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This is Book 12 of Ihya 'Ulum ad-Din, the Imam's most famous work. In it are covered every aspect of the institution of marriage. In the words of Imam Ghazali, "Marriage comes to religion's aid, striking devils with dismay. How appropriate that one should study its occasions, preserve its sacred traditions and its etiquette, explain its aims and purposes, and detail the paragraphs and chapters of the subject. Its most important precepts will be expounded in three chapters:
1) The pros and cons of marriage;
2) The proprieties to be observed in respect of the contract and the two contracting parties;
3) The right conduct of conjugal life from the time of the contract until separation occurs."
Translated by Muhtar Holland.

 

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