Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazzali () is one of the most important Ghazzali’s “The Alchemy of Happiness”, written toward the end of his life. Kimiya-yi Sa’ādat was a book written by Abū Ḥāmid Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad al-Ghazālī, a Persian theologian, philosopher, and prolific Sunni Muslim. by Imam Al-Ghazzali Ghazzali, called him “the most original mind among Arabian philosophers.” The first four chapters of The Alchemy of Happiness are a.

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The Alchemy of Happiness by Abu Hamid al-Ghazali

Minerals, like gold, silver, copper and iron, were created to serve as instruments to provide means of sustaining life in man. Many persons have heard this mystery, which represents one of the attributes of God, but they did not acknowledge it as true, and said that it was impossible, not because it was in its nature exempt from being known, but because it was an unemployed mystery.

No person, in short, can understand any individual who belongs to a scale of rank above him. The vizier, in accordance with the information received, will administer the kingdom. Behold, another likeness of the world.

They do not perceive that they all alike are subject to the almighty power of God as God says in his word: He was in antagonism with men who to him appeared, like Avicenna, to exalt reason above the Koran, yet he himself went to the extreme limits of reasoning in his endeavors to find an intelligible basis for the doctrines of the Koran, and a philosophical basis for a holy rule of life.

Ishygddt rated it really liked it Apr 24, A person therefore who does not understand his own body, heart and soul, and yet pretends to the knowledge of God, resembles the bankrupt, who, although he has nothing to eat himself, should yet plan a feast for all the poor of the city.

Many and even innumerable books, O student of the divine mysteries, have been written in explanation of the organization of the body and the uses of is parts: But if he desire and will to free himself from animal propensities, and ferocious and satanic qualities, he may attain future happiness, will be more exalted and excellent than a king and will be enriched with the vision of the beauty of the Lord.

They have fancied that the soul of man and of other animals, and this wonderful world with its marvellous arrangements came of themselves, and that they are eternal; or that they are effects from natural causes, and that there is no creator beyond the sphere of the world.

And unless he stops, he will destroy himself by drinking. In the same manner as there is falsity, in the way in which the material world is regarded by the natural man and the astrologer, there is also a diversity of views among those who survey the spiritual world. Still the veil of heedlessness disappeared from the eyes of those to whom the grace and guidance of the Eternal and unchangeable gave aid and support, and the discovery of the invisible world was not concealed from the view of some of those who came into this material world, but was anew revealed to them, after a measure of exertion of spiritual ardor.


If the spleen become affected with any disorder, so that it cannot separate the black bile Edition: The realty of the existence of these influences is known both by reason and experience. He is always ready to do the contrary of what reason, the vizier, commands. We need to somehow lift the curtain of de This is a book that can easily be unappreciated.

Exemption and freedom may be illustrated in still another manner. Now listen and learn its dignity through divine power and on account of the greatness of which it is capable, that you may see how precious you are in yourself, and yet how vile and contemptible you make yourself by your own choice.

Should women eschew reading this book? Afterwards by divine operation and sovereign power, most strange and wonderful internal changes took place, and strong organs, passions, affections, and agreeable qualities rose up all adorned with beauty.

Still his writings were less known than either of the two others. This is called the alchemj world, the world of intelligence, Edition: He was living in the centre of Aryan peoples and religions.

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In the same manner as the equilibrium of the umam spirit is to be preserved by the science of medicine, the equilibrium of the human spirit is to be preserved by virtue, self-denial and holy zeal, that it may not be destitute of the love of God and perish. Know, that God exists exempt from and independent of the notions that enter the mind, and the forms that are produced in the imagination, that he is not subjected to reasoning, and time and place cannot be ascribed to him.

Every one is therefore bound to imitate them within the limits of the law, and in the regulation of his moral conduct, that he may attain felicity and be preserved from danger of eternal destruction. Many of the same paradoxes and problems that startle or fascinate in the nineteenth century are here discussed. Do not suppose, beloved, that every thing in the world is to be despised; for there are some things that are estimable and valuable, which belong to the world: If has been clearly shown to you, student of the mysteries, that the human spirit in its essence and attributes is happjness live forever, and that it is able to exist without a frame, that the meaning of death is not the annihilation of the spirit, but its separation from the body, and that the resurrection and day of assembly do not mean a return to a new existence after annihilation, but the bestowal of a new form or frame to the spirit, which shall be under its control in the second period, as the body was under its control in the first period….


The science then of revelation, or of infused spiritual knowledge, resembles alchemy, and the science of the doctors of the law resembles gold; but it is folly and pure loss not to accept and be satisfied with solid gold, on account of one’s ardor to happpiness the philosophers’ stone, which latter knowledge is not acquired by one in a thousand.

If a person wish to cleanse the reservoir and to get ghazapi of the mud in the bottom, he must first dam up the course of the running streams, and then stir up and put in motion the mud, and until the muddy water has been carried off by the pure water that gushes up at the bottom of the reservoir, he will not allow any other water to run in. Each month represents a league, each hour a mile, and each breath a step. And since they did abstain from such little things, regarding them as injurious, how should it be otherwise than injurious to these foolish people to drink wine, in full bowls and even by the jar full?

And there is an essence called both the Spirit of Power, and the Holy Spirit, by means of which it arrives at the throne in the heavens. The sixth class who indulge in error, are those who, exalted with pride, think that they have already attained and og perfect: And this illustrates the position of the soofees.

The Alchemy of Happiness

It is possible also for persons of pure minds to acquire a knowledge of some arts and sciences without instruction, and it is also possible that alcheym persons should have all things opened up to them by the will of God. In that state the heart sees most wonderful forms and combinations.

It follows, therefore, that man was not created for these things, but rather to serve God and to grow in the knowledge of him. If the rider doesn’t know how to control his ride In consequence various qualities began to appear in the apchemy, such as avarice, envy, ambition and hatred, which are sources of its alchmey. The advice seems like the same advice we have been hearing being a part of conservative circles, though this is something that needs to be reminded and stressed over and over again.