Al-Ghazali - On the Manners Relating to Eating: Kitab adab al-akl, *[A5+] Paperback - 90 pages, [ 2015 2nd Edition],by Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali,Transl. with an Introduction & Notes by D.Johnson-Davies.The (11th) Eleventh Chapter; Book XI of the Ihya Ulum al-Din.by the Islamic Text Society, UK.Description :The eleventh chapter of 'The Revival of the Religious Sciences' begins
the section dealing with man and society. In this volume concentrating
on the manners relating to eating, Imam al-Ghazali, may Allah be pleased with him, first discusses what a person
must uphold when eating by himself: that the food is lawful, that both
the person and the surroundings should be clean, that one must be
content with what is available, and how the person should conduct
himself while eating and after eating.Imam al-Ghazali then proceeds to discuss
eating in company and says that to all the above should be added the
necessity of courtesy, conversation and the proper presentation of food.
Finally, al-Ghazali expounds the virtues of hospitality and generosity and
the conduct of the host as well as that of the guest. Other topics that
are discussed are: abstention from food, fasting and general health. Al-Ghazali, may Allah be pleased with him, on the 'Manners Relating to Eating' is the eleventh chapter of the Revival of the Religious Sciences which is widely regarded as the greatest work of the Muslim spirituality. This volume begins the section dealing with man and society, and the norms of daily life. While concentrating on a daily activity, eating, Imam al-Ghazali, may Allah be pleased with him, presents the importance of aligning every aspect of one's life with religion and spirituality. Referring extensively to the example of the Beloved Prophet Muhammad, May Allah Bless him and grant him peace, and to early Muslims, al-Ghazali illustrates how the simple activity of eating can encourage numerous virtues which are themselves necessary for the remainder of the spiritual life.The section of Al-Ghazali on the 'Manner's Relating to Eating' are divided into what a person must uphold when eating alone, how a person must conduct himself when eating in company and the manner of hospitality. Through these section, al-Ghazali, also discusses lawful and unlawful foods and practices, cleanliness, fasting, general health issue, contentment with little and generosity.This is the English translation of Kitab adab al-Akl, Book XI (11) of Imam Ghazali's Ihya Ulum ud-Din (Revival of the Religious Sciences). Table of Contents :---Al-Ghazali's Introduction to the Revival of the Religious Sciences,---Abbreviations,---Prologue,---Introduction.---Chapter . What is Necessary for a Person Eating Alone; ------Before the Food is Served,------When One is Eating,------When the Meal is Over,---Chapter . Additional Manners of
Eating When in Company; ---Chapter . Manners to Be Adopted when Presenting Food
to Visiting Brethren; ---Chapter . The Manners of Hospitality; ---Chapter . A Section
Combining Miscellaneous Good Manners and Legal Prohibitions; ---Notes;
---Appendix: ---Persons cited in text; ---Index to Qur'anic quotations;
---Bibliography; ---General Index.
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