Ghazali on the Principles of Islamic Spirituality: Selections from the Forty Foundations of Religion Annotated & Explained

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SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2012 - Religion - 300 pages

The wisdom of one of the greatest scholars of Islam can be a companion on your own spiritual journey.

Considered by many to be the all-time greatest scholar of Islam, Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (1058-1111) was also one of the foremost sages of theology, philosophy and Sufism. His writings on the interrelation of law, theology and mysticism were central in establishing Sufism as a core dimension of orthodox Islamic practice. Muslim communities all across the world today still base much of their practice of Islam on Ghazali's writings.

The Forty Foundations of Religion, Ghazali's own summary of his magnum opus, The Revival of the Religious Sciences, serves as a brief and powerful summary of Islamic faith, worship, law and spirituality. It outlines the basis of Islamic belief, the foundational matters of ritual and practice, and the character traits a person must cultivate and avoid in the perfection of faith.

Now you can experience the wisdom of Ghazali even if you have no previous knowledge of The Forty Foundations of Religion or Islam. This SkyLight Illuminations edition--the first publication of significant portions of The Forty Foundations of Religion in English--provides original translations of selected highlights accompanied by insightful commentary that makes the core message of this great spiritual master relevant to anyone seeking a balanced understanding of Islam.

 

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Contents

AlGhazalis Introduction
4
His Sacredness
13
Allahs Omniscient Knowledge
19
Allahs Hearing and Seeing
25
The Last Day
33
Conclusion
39
Poor Tax and Charity
51
Fasting
59
Anger
131
Frivolity and Love of Prestige
151
Arrogance
171
Ostentation
187
The Entirety of Blameworthy Character
205
Fear
219
Patience
233
Reliance on Allah
257

Recitation of Quran
69
Regarding Remembrance
79
Seeking the Permissible
85
Purification of the Heart
114
Contentment with Divine Destiny
281
Remembering Death and Its Reality
287
Conclusion
295
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About the author (2012)

Aaron Spevack, PhD, is assistant professor of Islam in the Religious Studies Department at Loyola University, New Orleans. He specializes in Islamic intellectual history, including law, theology and Sufism. He is also a founder and director of Boston's Bukhari Institute, which offers educational programs on the arts and sciences of the Islamic world.

M. Fethullah Gülen , is an authoritative and popular Turkish Muslim scholar, imam, preacher and civil society activist. He has extensive knowledge and teaching experience in Islamic scholarship, and is a prolific author with more than sixty books translated into many languages.

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