"And the servants of (Allah) Most Gracious are those who walk on the earth in humility, and when the ignorant address them, they say, Peace!" [TMQ 25:63]
Abu Hamid Muhammad, famous in the world of learning as al-Ghazzali.
He was born in 450 AH (1058 A.D). in Persia . He attended the village madressa and as a young man went to the Nizamia Madressa, which was a very famous educational institution in Nishapur. He was a clever and keen student who took interest in all subjects.
His cleverness as a student was commented upon in court circles in Persia and the Grand Vizier took special interest in his progress and encouraged him to devote himself to the pursuit of knowledge.
Al-Ghazzali justified the confidence shown in him by his patron and graduated from the Nizamia Madressa at Nishapur, with distinction.
Later he was appointed as a teacher at the Nizamia College in Baghdad, where he proved very successful in imparting knowledge to the scholars under his care. This valuable gift of sustaining interest of his pupils and passing on his knowledge to them made him so famous that students from all parts of the country flocked to study under him.
Some years later al-Ghazzali left the Nizamia College in order to devote his time and energy in undertaking long journeys in search of truth and knowledge. He travelled far and wide and visited Arabia, Palestine and Syria.
It was in Damascus, Syria, that al-Ghazzali began writing books on religious
philosophy which later made him famous throughout the world. He was a prolific
writer and he wrote nearly 400 books on a variety of subjects which
covered several volumes.
Imam al-Ghazzali was fondly referred to as the "Hujjat-ul-lslam", Proof of Islam.
He is honoured as a scholar and a saint by learned men all over the world.
Al-Ghazzalli taught his followers to love and serve God, trust in Him and to do good. He enjoined them to realise that man can do nothing without the help of God; but that should not be made an excuse to be lazy and indolent. Man possesses the freedom of choice as far as good and evil actions are concerned, but this freedom does not extend beyond certain limitations.
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
Send a Kitaabun Gift Voucher to a FriendClassical and Contemporary Muslim and Islamic Books in English a UK Based Online Book Shop and Services
"And say: truth has arrived, and falsehood has perished: for falsehood is ever bound to perish." [TMQ Al-Isra:81]