Al-Ghazali's Path to Sufism
His Deliverance from Error
Al Munqidh min al-Dalal
The Autobiography By Iman Abu Hamid al-Ghazali
Translated from the Arabic By R J Mccarthy, S J
Preface by David Burrel , C.S.C
Introduced by William A Graham
Published by Fons Vitae Louisville
1-887752-30-7, , 152mm x 228mm, , Published 02/01paperback 115 pages
This is not only an Islamic classic but also one of the great spiritual autobiographies in the religious tradition. al-Ghazali (1058-1111) is generally acclaimed as the most influential thinker of the Classical period of Islam. This volume contains a translation of Ghazali's autobiography The Deliverance from Error, in which the Imam describes his education and his intellectual crisis, which left him so paralysed by doubt that he was forced to resign the most distinguished academic appointment of his day.
Al-Ghazali is generally acclaimed as the most influential thinker of the Classical period of Islam, in THIS autobiography, the Imam describes his education and his intellectual crisis, which left him so paralysed by doubt that he he gave up his academic pursuits and worldly interests and became a wandering ascetic. This was a process (period) of mystical transformation. Later, he resumed his teaching duties, but again left these. An era of solitary life, devoted to contemplation and writing then ensued, which led to the authorship of a number of everlasting books (Many of which have been translated in English)
Imam al-Ghazzali's life was spent in self-sacrificing service of God and his fellowmen. He left behind him a fine example for all men to follow. He died in 505 AH He remains one of the most celebrated scholars in the history of Islamic thought. His exceptional life and works continue to be indispensable in the study of jurisprudence, theology, philosophy and mysticism. The books that he left behind were the result of an inquisitive mind that began the quest for knowledge at a very early stage
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once asked a companion: "(Is it true)
that you fast all day and stand in prayer all night? The companion replied
that the report was indeed true. The Prophet then said: "Do not do that!
Observe the fast sometimes and also leave (it) at other times; stand up for
prayer at night and also sleep at night. Your body has a right over you, your
eyes have a right over you and your wife has a right over you."
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