Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazzali () is one of the most important Ghazzali’s “The Alchemy of Happiness”, written toward the end of his life. Kimiya-yi Sa’ādat was a book written by Abū Ḥāmid Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad al-Ghazālī, a Persian theologian, philosopher, and prolific Sunni Muslim. 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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Yusef rated it it was amazing Jun 26, If he see any thing more extra-ordinary than a piece of money, he changes color and loses his presence of mind. Talha rated it it was amazing Mar 14, These are five, the faculties of perception, reflection, happinesss, recollection and imagination. But the existence of his spirit would not be at the same time shut out from his view.

If you look at the form of man, you see that it is skin, drawn over blood and imzm.

If it should look with kindness upon ghazalii who is sick, his infirmity might be changed to health. In the future world they will certainly suffer pain and retribution.

The Alchemy of Happiness by Abu Hamid al-Ghazali

There 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 excellent and I recommend reading them as Al-Ghazali had an astute understanding of how they related to cultivate a profound devotional life.

It is the pen that causes the marks. If any study it, it is only for the purpose of acquiring skill in medicine, and not for the sake of becoming acquainted with the perfection of the power of God. His works were so highly acclaimed by his contemporaries that al-Ghazali was awarded the honorific title “Proof of Islam” Hujjat al-Islam.

The Alchemy of Happiness

You should be aware, however, that this alchemy of happiness, that is, the knowledge of God, which is the occasion of lf revelation of truth, cannot be acquired without spiritual self-denial and effort. Do not suppose, beloved, that every thing in the world is to be despised; for there are gyazali things that are estimable and valuable, which belong to the world: Behold, another likeness of the world. Know, beloved, that the pleasures of the world, and the pains and tribulations which are the counterpart to these pleasures in the future world, resemble the man who should eat very largely of rich and delicate food and find great delight therein: The third source of dominiou of the heart is through knowledge.


Our intention has been to show you that man is a great world, and that you might know happinezs a multitude of servants his body has to minister to him: It addresses how to handle human emotions such as anger, greed, spite and jealousy. In a alchsmy, by the power of thought, the soul passes from the abyss to the highest heaven, and from the east to the west. If it were not so, the body would perish…. Look not then upon these things as maladies, for they are my favored servants.

T ake care and do not deny that they are correct in what they say.

Nov haappiness, Sabrine Elk rated it liked it. There is still one farther observation that deserves to be made. The first stage is the cradle, and the last is the grave, and every period between these is also a stage. 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 bg is really only talking to men, as if spiritual duties were a gendered thing.

They call this separation, death.

For know, O student of the mysteries! The knowledge of anatomy is the means by which we become acquainted with animal life: This misery does not close with death, but on the contrary afterwards Edition: But despite of his limitations, to take his wisdom seriously and to See his analogies with the transmuted Eye of The Heart, is to be close to the goal- submission to and peace in, The Real.

But as desire, under the control of the animal soul, would not be satisfied with a sufficient quantity, but would crave ijam spend its life in eating and drinking, God afterwards committed the animal soul into the charge of the reason, that desire might not transgress the proper limits. Alcbemy was also a not great part to this book. The second proof of the existence of these windows in the heart, is that no individual is destitute of these spiritual susceptibilities and of the faculty of thought and reflection.


Nor has it form or color, for if it had, it could be seen by the eye, and would enter into the sphere of fancy and imagination, and its beauty or ugliness, its greatness or littleness would be known. Yet assuredly a vivid and respectful interest must zlchemy awakened in our minds for the races and nations, whose ideas of their relations as immortal beings arc so serious and earnest.

On account, therefore, of man’s need of clothing and food, God has appointed sensuous desire to act as a commissary, that the animal, that is, the body, may not perish from hunger, cold or heat.

These miserable and weak men, since they have no acquaintance with science, and no education, and knowledge of external things, why should they indulge in such corrupt fancies, and unfounded language? The heart, on the contrary, has been created with angelic qualities.

Afterwards by divine operation and sovereign power, most strange and wonderful internal changes took place, and strong organs, passions, affections, and agreeable qualities rose up all adorned with beauty. You know nothing either of the internal organs in the belly, such as the spleen, the liver, the gall-bladder and the kidneys. The law, however, gives no permission to develop this secret, and it is not lawful to stretch out one’s hand to do what the legislator forbids.

In consequence various qlchemy began to appear in the heart, such as avarice, envy, ambition and hatred, which are sources of its ruin. The poor guest is overjoyed at the sight of these things, thinking that they have been made his own property, and belays hold of them with the intention of retaining them.