The Beginning of Guidance : al-Bidayat al-Hidaya

The Beginning of Guidance,
" al-Bidayat wa'l-Hidaya "
[A5] Paperback - 170 pages,
Complete Arabic Text with facing English Translation,
by Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali,
Translated by Mashhad Al-Allaf.
Published by White Thread Press.

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Description :

Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali’s Bidayat al-Hidaya is a highly motivational manual detailing the fundamentals of acquiring guidance through God-consciousness (taqwa).

Imam al-Ghazali, may Allah be pleased with him, argues that just as there is an end to this noble objective there is also a beginning to it, which must be made firm for one to achieve success. He then goes on to expound the fundamentals of this “beginning.” While being concise and to-the-point the manual is laid out in the form of a detailed daily timetable providing the reader strong inspiration and much heart-rending counsel. The three sections of this book are on obedience, refraining from disobedience, and the etiquette of companionship with the Creator and with creation.

One of Imam Ghazali’s final works, it embodies a lifetime of learning, experience, and spirituality and can be taken as an introduction to his larger works. 

              '' This translation published for the first time with facing Arabic text
                 also includes many notes and transliteration for the supplications
                 contained within.

Review :

“An excellent translation of an important book on the fundamentals of Muslim piety and etiquette. With an accessible English translation alongside the original Arabic text, this introductory work will be useful for readers interested in exploring the realities of Islamic piety, students of Arabic & educators alike.” ---Jonathan AC Brown,  University of Washington




Table of Contents

---Translator’s Preface,
---Author’s Introduction.

Part [I] : On Obedience
---The Etiquette of Waking from Sleep,
---The Etiquette of Using the Lavatory,
---The Etiquette of Ablution,
---The Etiquette of the Ritual Bath,
---The Etiquette of the Dry Ablution,
---The Etiquette of Setting Out for the Mosque,
---The Etiquette of Staying in the Mosque until Sunrise,
---The Etiquette of the Time from Sunrise to Midday,
------1. Seeking Useful Knowledge,
------2. Worship,
------3. Good Works,
------4. Earning a Living and Protecting Religion,
---The Etiquette of Preparation for the Other Prayers,
---The Etiquette of Sleep,
---The Method and Etiquette of Ritual Prayer,
---The Etiquette of Leading and Following in the Prayer,
---The Etiquette of Friday,
---The Etiquette of Fasting.

Part [II] : On Refraining from Disobedience
---The Sins Committed with the Limbs,
---The Eyes,
---The Ears,
---The Tongue,
------1. Lying,
------2. Breaking a Promise,
------3. Backbiting,
------4. Disputation, Argumentation, and Competitive Debate,
------5. Ascribing Goodness to Oneself,
------6. Cursing,
------7. Supplication against Creation,
------8. Jesting, Ridiculing, and Making Fun of People,
---The Stomach,
---The Private Parts,
---The Hands,
---The Feet,
---The Sins of the Heart,
-------[i] Envy,
-------[ii] Ostentation,
-------[iii] Conceit, Arrogance, and Pride.

Part [III] The Etiquette of Companionship with the Creator and with Creation,
---The Etiquette with Allah Most High,
---The Etiquette of the Scholar,
---The Etiquette of the Student,
---The Etiquette of the Child with Parents,
---People You Do Not Know,
---Friends and Brothers,
------1. Intellect,
------2. Good Character,
------3. Uprightness,
------4. Absence of Greed,
------5. Honesty,
---The Etiquette of Friendship,

---Appendix : Transliteration,
---Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (Biography).




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*Dimensions : 22.4 x 15.3cm.




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