Al-Ghazali : The Book of Prophetic Ethics,
& The Courtesies of Living,
Kitab Adab al-Ma'isha wa-Akhlaq al-Nubuwwa,
*[A5] Paperback - 135 pages,
by Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali [d.505h],
Book 20 of the Ihya Ulum al-Din,
Transl. from Arabic with Notes by Adi Setia,
Published by Fons Vitae.
Back in Stock December 2020
Kitab Adab al-Ma'isha wa-Akhlaq al-Nubuwwa; The Book of Prophetic Ethics & The Courtesies of Living, by Hujjat al-Islam Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, may Allah have mercy upon him. This is book Twenty [of Forty] of Imam al-Ghazali's Ihya Ulum al-Din (The Revival of the Religious Sciences).
Imam al-Ghazali gives a full account of the customs and character of the Messenger of God, Muhammad, may Allah bless him and grant him peace. It is not a biography of Prophet Muhammad, ﷺ, but a roadmap for those who want to strengthen their faith, increase their knowledge and deepen their understanding of the second part of the Testimony of Faith, namely the first Pillar of Islam.
The author details the Messenger’s, ﷺ, noble nature and his miracles, while removing doubts regarding his message. He deals with the issue of the imitation of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessing of God be upon him, noting that the ultimate source of knowledge is revelation from God which comes to us through the Messenger, ﷺ. The revelation serves as medicine for the heart and is essential for human salvation. The Messengers are the doctors of the heart whose prescriptions must be followed. They are spiritual guides for the purification of the heart and for transforming base qualities. The Messengers of God are not merely sources of law that aim to govern the body; indeed they are a fount of spiritual nourishment for the soul, the heart and the mind.
This volume lays clear that the aim of the Imam in this Series is to call for a return to the Sunna and the imitation of the Messenger, ﷺ, in all aspects of life. The focus is on the acts which directly influence the heart ; he provides the reader with the necessary knowledge that makes up the path leading to the Hereafter. Imam al-Ghazali concludes that for him the truth and validity of the revelation is verified by the moral influence it exercises on the heart, mind and ultimately on the soul.
About Imam Ghazali
Abu Hamid Muhammad, famous in the world of learning as Imam al-Ghazali, may Allah be pleased with him,
was born in 450 AH (1058 C.E). in Persia . He graduated from the
al-Nizamiyyah Madrassah at Nishapur, with distinction. The Nizamiyyah is
a very famous educational institution in Nishapur. Later he was
appointed as a teacher at the Nizamiyyah 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. Imam al-Ghazali, may Allah have mercy upon him,
was fondly referred to as the "Hujjat-ul-lslam",
Proof of Islam. He is honoured as a s
cholar and a Sufi-saint (Wali-Allah
) by learned men all over the world.
Dr. Adi Setia has held academic posts at the Center for Advanced Studies in Islam, Science & Civilization (CASIS), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and at the International Institute of Islamic Thought & Civilization (ISTAC). His current research interests are in the areas of History and Philosophy of Science, Islamic Science, and Islamic Gift Economy (IGE).
Table of Contents :
---Biography of Imam al-Ghazali,
------Legacy and Contributions of Al-Ghazali,
------Chronology of Al-Ghazali's Life,
------Eulogies in Verse.
---The Book of Prophetic Ethics & the Courtesies of Living,
---Chapter . An Account of the Refinement by God Most High of His Beloved and Chosen, Muhammad, ﷺ,
---Chapter . An Account of the Portion of His Nobilities of Ethical Character that have been brought together by some of the Scholars and Assembled from the Reports,
---Chapter . An Account of some other aspects of His Comportment and Character,
---Chapter . An Account of His Speech and Laughter,
---Chapter . An Account of His Ethics and Comportment in Regard to Food,
---Chapter . An Account of His Manners and Character in Regard to Attire,
---Chapter . An Account of His Forgiveness Notwithstanding His Ability to Censure,
---Chapter . An Account of His Averting of His Gaze from Whatever He Disliked,
---Chapter . An Account of His Munificence and Generosity,
---Chapter . An Account of His Bravery,
---Chapter . An Account of His Humility,
---Chapter . An Account of His External Manner and Countenance,
---Chapter . An Account of His Miracles and Signs, Indicative of His Truthfulness.
---Index of Qur'anic Verses,
---Index of Hadith,
---Index of People,
---Index of Places,
---Index of Subjects.
---About the Translator,
---About the Author of the Preface,
---About the Author of the Foreword,
---About the Author of the Introduction.
*Dimensions : 23 x 15.5cm.