Al-Ghazali's Forty Principles of the Religion

Al-Ghazali's Adapted Summary,
'Ihya Ulum al-Din -
The 40 Principles of Religion,
*[A5] Paperback - 335 pages, New,
by Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali [d.505h],
Transl. by Nasir Abdussalam,
Editing & Notes by Mariam Madge Conlan,
Published by Turath Press.


Back in Stock December 2022,


Description :

Imam al-Ghazali's, may Allah be pleased with him, adapted summary of Ihya Ulum al-Din - The Forty Principles of the Religion.

The Forty Principles of the Religion - is a comprehensive distillation of Imam al-Ghazali's magnum opus, Ihya Ulum ad-Din (The Revival of the Religious Sciences), in which he explores the spiritual depth of virtually every aspect of Islam.

This condensed work presents Imam al-Ghazali's profound insights regarding man's lifelong struggle to draw closer to Allah in a simple framework, providing the reader with a step-by-step tried and proven method for spiritual development. The result is an essential guide to improving one's relationship with both the Creator and the creation and a perfect introduction to Imam al-Ghazali's other great works.

           '' A careful and idiomatic English translation of one of Imam al-Ghazali's
              most powerful books, which shows the comprehensive depth of the
              Qur'ans teachings
.''            ---Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad (T.J. Winter),
                                                                                                    Cambridge Muslim College

About the author :

The 'Proof of Islam' Imam Abu Hamid Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Ghazali (d. 1111) may Allah sanctify his secret, jurist, legal theorist, logician, theologian, and mystic was a master of both the outer and inner sciences of the Shariah who is regarded by many as the greatest Muslim thinker to have lived after the Pious Predecessors. Credited with dealing the deathblow to Aristotelian philosophy in the Muslim world and bringing authentic Islamic spirituality into the mainstream, his life and thought were extremely influential in shaping the spiritual values and practices of medieval society and are no less relevant today.

Table of Contents :

---Translator's Introduction,
---Author's Preface,

Part [1]. The Sum of Knowledge and It's Principles,
---[1]. The Divine Essence (adh-Dhat),
---[2]. Transcendence (at-Taqdis),
---[3]. Life and Power (al-Qudrah),
---[4]. Knowledge (al-Ilm),
---[5]. Will (al-Iradah),
---[6]. Hearing and Seeing (as-sam'wa'l-Basar),
---[7]. Speech (al-Kalam),
---[8]. Divine Actions (al-Af'al),
---[9]. The Last Day (al-yawm al-Akhir),
---[10]. Prophethood (an-Nubuwwah),

---Epilogue : A caution about the books from which the reality of this creed ('aqidah) is sought.

Part [2]. Outer Actions,
---[1]. Prayer (As-Salah),
---[2]. Zakat and Charity (as-Sadaqah),
---[3]. Fasting (as-Siyam),
---[4]. Pilgrimage (Hajj),
---[5]. Reciting the Qur'an (Tilawat),
---[6]. Remembrance (Dhikr) of Allah, subhanahu wa ta'ala, in every state,
---[7]. Seeking the Lawful (al-Halal),
-------On taking from doubtful wealth that people possess,
---[8]. Upholding the rights (huquq) of Muslims & good companionship (suhbah) with them,
-------On taking brothers for the sake of Allah Almighty,
---[9]. Commanding Good and Forbidding Evil,
-------An explanation of what someone who witnesses an evil should do,
-------On the necessary endownments of someone who commands good and forbids evil,
---[10]. Following the Sunnah,
-------On the motivating reasons for following the Sunnah,
-------On abandoning the Sunnah in acts of worship without an excuse,

---Epilogue : The order of litanies (awrad) in conjunction with the Ten Principles,

Part [3]. Purifying the Heart from Blameworthy Actions & Characteristics,
---[1]. Gluttony (sharah at-Ta'am),
-------The benefits of hunger,
-------How to reduce eating,
---[2]. Loquaciousness (sharah al-Kalam),
-------On some of the rulings on lying,
-------The places in which backbiting is licensed,
-------Methods of treating the self against backbiting,
-------What the one who is praised should do?
---[3]. Anger,
-------Breaking anger and containing it when agitated,
---[4]. Envy (al-Hasad),
-------How to treat envy and remove it from the heart,
---[5]. Stinginess (al-Bukhl) and love of wealth (Hubb al-Mal),
-------The foundation of stinginess is love of wealth,
-------The reality of wealth is respect of blame and praise,
-------The sufficient amount,
-------Wealth is like medicine,
-------The definition of stinginess,
-------The treatment,
---[6]. Frivolity (ar-Ru'unah) and love of status (Hubb al-Jah),
-------The reality of status,
-------The reality of high status in respect of blame and praise,
-------Quelling love of status from the heart,
-------Treating the love of praise which motivates seeking status,
---[7]. Love of the World (Hubb ad-Dunya),
-------The world as a field for cultivating the Afterlife, for the one who knows it,
-------On the world's enmity toward the Afterlife,
---[8]. Pride (al-Kibr),
-------The reality of pride,
-------Treating the filthy trait of pride,
-------Treating pride by considering the object of pride,
---[9]. Self-Admiration (al-'Ajab),
-------The reality of self-admiration,,
-------Treatment of self-admiration,
-------Those who make a gift of Allah Almighty reason for deserving another gift,
---[10]. Ostentation (ar-Riya),
-------Types of action in which ostentation occurs,
-------Levels of ostentation,
-------Subjects of ostentation,
-------Ostentation can be clear, hidden and more imperceptible than a crawling ant,
-------Judging the occurrence of ostentation,
-------Treating ostentation by examining its motivating causes,
-------Treating the sudden occurrence of ostentation,
-------Displaying acts of obedience as an example and hiding them out of fear of ostentation,

---Epilogue : The Matrix of Character and Places of Delusion,
-------Rectifying blameworthy characteristics through struggle,
-------Warning against delusion in attaining good character,
-------The heart being devoid of blameworthy characteristics, especially love of the world.

Part [4]. Praiseworthy Character Traits,
---[1]. Repentance (at-Tawbah),
-------The reality of repentance,
-------Repentance is obligatory, for everyone,
-------Repentance is obligatory in every state,
-------Repentance is certainly accepted when all its conditions are met,
-------Repentance is achieved by abandoning persistence,
-------Speaking of minor sins,
---[2]. Fear (al-Khawf),
-------The reality of fear,
-------How to attain fear,
-------The slave's turning from fear to hope,
---[3]. Asceticism (az-Zuhd),
-------The reality of asceticism, its founadtion and its fruit,
-------Levels of asceticism,
-------The perfection of asceticism,
-------Levels of asceticism in light of its motivation,
-------Levels of asceticism in light of what is abstained from,
-------On the virtue of the poor and the transmitted evidence for it,
---[4]. Patience (as-Sabr),
-------Patience is peculiar to humans,
-------The levels of patience,
-------The need for patience in all states,
---[5]. Gratitude (ash-Shukr),
-------The reality of gratitude and that it consists of knowledge, state and action,
-------Those who are incapable of perfect gratitude,
---[6]. Sincerity (al-Ikhlas) and Truthfulness (as-Sidq),
-------The reality of intention,
-------The intended meaning of action is its effect upon the heart,
-------The ability to intend many purposes by one deed,
-------Intention does not come under choice,
-------The reality of sincerity and what erases it,
-------The levels of adulteration of sincerity,
---[7]. Reliance (at-Tawakkul),
-------The reality of reliance,
-------The four layers of declaring Divine Oneness,
-------All actions are related to the Cause of Causes,
-------What should accompany belief in the Divine Oneness of Action in order to effect reliance,
-------The levels of reliance,
-------The ruling on abandoning saving,
---[8]. Love (al-Mahabbah),
-------Those who deny loving Allah,
-------The meaning of something being Beloved,
-------The inclination of human insight to the Bestower,
-------The gnostic does not love other than Allah,,
-------The gnostic's pleasure is in awareness of the Divine Presence,
-------Looking upon Allah Almighty's Countenance in the Abode of the Afterlife,
-------The pleasure of seeing is greater than the pleasure of knowing,
-------Weakness and obscurity in knowledge of Allah Almighty,
-------Some of the signs of Love,
---[9]. Contentment with Divine Decree (ar-Rida bi'l-Qadr),
-------The sign of love is contentment during tribulation,
-------How to combine contentment with Allah's Decree and hatred of the people of disbelief and disobedience,
-------The meaning of contentment with Allah Almighty's Decree,
---[10]. Remembering Death (Dhikr al-Mawt),
-------The benefits of remembering death and the way to think about it,
-------Vain hopes are the basis of heedlessness of death,
-------The perfect gnostic has no need of remembrance of death,
-------Knowledge of the reality of the spirit (ar-Ruh),
-------The spirit does not cease to exist, not does it die,
-------Death is absolute deterioration of all the limbs,
-------Those who claim that death is nonexistence,
-------The reality of the viper that takes shape in the grave,
-------What the author mentions about the torment of the grave,
-------Types of punishment in the Afterlife.

---Epilogue : Challenging the Ego (Munazarat an-Nafs).


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