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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Our intention has been to show you that man is a great world, and that you might know what a multitude of servants his body has to minister to him: The partisans of all sorts of opinions will hapiness interested in finding that a Mohammedan author writing so long since in the centre of Asia, had occasion to approve or condemn so many truths, speculations or fancies which are now current among us with the reputation of novelty.

If it should look with kindness upon one who is sick, his infirmity might be changed to health.

The Alchemy of Happiness by Abu Hamid al-Ghazali

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.

Know, thou seeker of divine mysteries! Written a thousand years from today, i don’t think I have ever read anything like this. Those acts only are devotional which harmonize with the law.

As man’s primary necessities in the world are three, viz: From all which has been said, seeker after the divine mysteries, thou hast learned something of the dignity of the nature of man, and that the way of the mystics is holy and honorable. O seeker after the divine mysteries!


This misery does not close with death, but happinezs the contrary afterwards Edition: 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.

Know, O inquirer after the divine secrets, that there are two things needful to man in this world; first of all, he needs to acquire spiritual food to preserve his heart from perishing. The world again is like an enchanter who performs for you acts of friendship and manifests love for yon, for the sake of winning your affections to him: And this course is adopted by the Mystics.

They finally entered, and found a corner with great difficulty, where they could just press themselves in. This class of people resembles the man who seeing a writing, fancies that it was written of itself, and infers that it was not written by a penman or by a super-natural power: But this is a thing which it is impossible to do.


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. He knows, also, that these many mercies happiess bounties are bestowed upon him without his seeking or care, from God’s rich and overflowing grace.

Whoever be the person whom we love, we shall find our happiness with him. Ishygddt rated it really liked it Apr 24, Still the veil of heedlessness disappeared from the eyes of those to whom the grace imaam guidance of the Eternal and unchangeable gave aid and support, and the discovery of the invisible world was not concealed from the view of some of those who came into this material world, but was anew revealed to them, after a measure of exertion of spiritual ardor.

Jan 16, Saima rated it it was amazing Shelves: To abstain from sins of rebellion, brings peace to the heart: In the same manner as there is falsity, in the way in which the material world is regarded by the natural man and the astrologer, there is also a diversity of views among those who survey the spiritual world.

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.

Dec 29, Alex Kartelias rated it liked it Shelves: Future bliss will be lost and eternal misery will be its portion. 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…. He speaks of women as if they couldn’t mentally and intellectually develop enough to grasp, let alone realize his message.

And the school of astrologers is to be credited in these representations; but when they ascribe all events to influences proceeding from the heavenly bodies, they are liars. The fountain of the animal spirit is in that heart which is in the left side of the breast, and is a piece of flesh. Every thing which concerns man is with God, and his works will all be presented before Him.

Problem is he gives the impression that these are only analogies, not Realities within their own right. You know, also, that in infancy the ingredients of your body were drawn slchemy pure blood. The science of the structure of the body is called anatomy: It should be kept in mind, that you possess two classes of qualities or attributes.

In the same manner, all the organs of the body have a specific function. The omissions in the text, which are made apparent by signs, are limited to digressions happineess the author, to repetitions and to some of the illustrations; so that there is no interruption of the continuity of thought in the themes discussed.


Although as has been seen, the power of performing signs, miracles and sorceries belongs to the heart when its faculties are in perfect operation, yet there are important destinations between these powers.

This treatise on the Alchemy of Happiness, or Kimiai Saadet, seems well adapted to extend our knowledge of the writings of Ghazzali and of the opinions current then and now in the Oriental world.

Now then, in proportion as any one in the achemy has indulged in the pleasures of life and dissipation, so much the greater will be his anguish and torment at the moment of death. Desire is a standard bearer; anger is a superintendent of the city, the heart is its sovereign, and reason is the vizier. 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.

For God has extolled knowledge and the doctors of the law; and the Edition: Hence it is the object of the science of medicine to preserve these four elements in their due proportions, so that they may serve as instruments to secure perfection to the human spirit.

The poor guest is overjoyed at the sight of these things, thinking that hapliness have been made his own property, and belays hold of them with the intention of retaining them.

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The sixth class who indulge in error, are those who, exalted with pride, think that they have already attained and are perfect: But it is permitted also to acquire the practice of it by learning, and this is the way adopted by the theologians. He came in contact, among his contemporaries, with persons who made the same general objections to natural and revealed religion, as understood by Mohammedans, as are in our days made to Christianity, or who perverted and abused the religion which they professed for their own ends, in the same manner as Christianity is abused among us.

It is too narrow a view to adopt, in regard to a man of the sublime character of Ghazzali, that he obtained his ideas from any one school of thinkers, or that being in fellowship with the Soofies, that he was merely a Soofi.

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