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by Abu Hamid al-Ghazali,Eric Ormsby

  • ISBN: 1903682266
  • Category: Religious books
  • Author: Abu Hamid al-Ghazali,Eric Ormsby
  • Subcategory: Islam
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Islamic Texts Society (March 1, 2012)
  • Pages: 280 pages
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Al-Ghazali QAS cites explanatory proof-texts from Divine Revelations on the lofty subject of love. He then explains the true nature of love and its causes. He then shows that there is no one who truely deserves love except for God the Exalted

Al-Ghazali QAS cites explanatory proof-texts from Divine Revelations on the lofty subject of love. He then shows that there is no one who truely deserves love except for God the Exalted. He then makes you discover that the greatest of all pleasures resides in gazing upon the Face of God, and that there is an even greater pleasure of gazing on His Face in the life to come as compared to mere knowledge in this life. After this he explains the means to strenghten the love of God the Exalted

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Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali, Eric Orsmby. The Book of Love, Longing, Intimacy and Contentment is the thirty-sixth chapter of Abu Hamid al-Ghazali's Revival of the Religious Sciences.

Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (. 111) was the most famous theologian-mystic of Islam. He exercised a profound influence on Muslim intellectual thought in particular through his magnum opus The Revival of the Religious Sciences. Country of Publication. Translated by. Eric Orsmby. Non-Christian Religions. Save on Non-Fiction Books. Trending price is based on prices over last 90 days. Current slide {CURRENT SLIDE} of {TOTAL SLIDES}- Save on Non-Fiction Books. Gastronomy Of Italy By Anna Del Conte (Hardback).

The first translation from Arabic of one of the most important chapters in al-Ghazali's magnum opus "The Revival of the Religious Sciences. Technical information.

Al-Ghazali (UK: /ælˈɡɑːzɑːli/, US: /ˌælɡəˈzɑːli, -zæl-/; full name أَبُو حَامِد مُحَمَّد ٱبْن مُحَمَّد ٱلطُّوسِيّ ٱلْغَزَالِيّ, Abū Ḥāmid Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad aṭ-Ṭūsīy al-Ġazālīy; Latinized Algazelus or Algazel; c. 1058 – 19 December 1111) was one . . 1058 – 19 December 1111) was one of the most prominent and influential Muslim philosophers, theologians, jurists, and mystics of Sunni Islam. He was of Persian origin.

Al-Ghazali (/ˈɡɑːzɑːli/; full name Abū Ḥāmid Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad al-Ghazālī أبو حامد محمد بن محمد الغزالي; latinized Algazelus or Algazel, c. 1058 – 19 December 1111). 1058 – 19 December 1111) was one of the most prominent and influential philosophers, theologians, jurists, and mystics of Sunni Islam. A grievous crime indeed against religion has been committed by the man who imagines that Islam is defended by the denial of the mathematical sciences. The Deliverance from Error, p: 34.

As the first complete translation of a classic Arabic text written in the 11th century, this work is an eloquent introduction to mystical love in Islam. Considered one of the most important chapters in al-Ghazālī's magnum opus The Revival of the Religious Sciences, it consists of arguments that form the basis of Sufi theory and the practice of mystical love. Providing the book's historical and spiritual context, this account also offers insight into the poetry of such greats as Rumi and Hafiz.


Reviews about Al-Ghazali on Love, Longing, Intimacy & Contentment (Ghazali Series) (2):
Ohatollia
Following intensive research, the purchase of this book has been a part of the process of building a library of Islamic literature, that relates particularly to seeking the path of excellence in spirituality, purification of the heart, ascetism, and an appreciation and understanding of the experiences of those who have followed this very path previously. The goal, God willing, in turn is to be inspired and motivated to seek success in a journey of personal development. Hence, this book is a piece of the puzzle of the big picture. I have been very pleased with this book. I love Imam Ghazali's writings. In my opinion he is the 'king' of writings relating to purification of the heart - Tazkiya tun nafs.
Helo
In his profound and stunning short story "The Three Questions" Leo Tolstoy tells us about a king to whom it once occurred, that if he always knew the right time to begin everything; if he knew who were the right people to listen to, and whom to avoid; and, above all, if he always knew what was the most important thing to do, he would never fail in anything he might undertake. --- On his painful search for an answer he meets a hermit, a Christian saint, a big light, who teaches him through his love, patience and wisdom the essence of happiness (and unveils the answers to the three questions...)...

... and this very (eternal) theme is also the essence a muslim saint, the legendary sufimaster Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali QAS writes about in his masterpiece "The Book of Love, Longing, Intimacy and Contentment".

The spiritual focus and starting point is the beautiful prayer of Prophet Muhammad SAS:

"O my God, grant me love of You and love of those who love You and love of whatever brings me closer to You. Make love of You dearer to me than cool water!" (p. 7).

This very essence of Islam - that unfourtunately not enough Muslims know about - leads Al-Ghazali QAS to begin his magnum opus with: "In the Name of God, Most Compassionate and Merciful! PRAISED BE GOD, Who has exalted the hearts of His saints above all concern for the vanities and the glamour of this world, Who has purified their inmost being from regard for anything but His Presence... and disclosed to them His Names and His Attributes so that they shone with the very fire of knowing Him, Who then revealed to them the splendours of His Face until they burned in the fire of His Love... at once drowned in the sea of knowing Him and scorched in the fire of loving Him." (p. 1)

This book is - beyond any doubts - one of the three most important books in Islamic literature because it explains in brilliant words the essence of all Divine religions. Al-Ghazali QAS cites explanatory proof-texts from Divine Revelations on the lofty subject of love. He then explains the true nature of love and its causes. He then shows that there is no one who truely deserves love except for God the Exalted. He then makes you discover that the greatest of all pleasures resides in gazing upon the Face of God, and that there is an even greater pleasure of gazing on His Face in the life to come as compared to mere knowledge in this life. After this he explains the means to strenghten the love of God the Exalted. The inability of the human mind to know God is followed by a consideration of the meaning of longing. After that Al-Ghazali QAS discusses God's love for His creatures, the signs of human love for God the Exalted, followed by an explanation of the meaning of intimacy with God the Exalted and All-Loving One - since according to Islam - in the words of Jesus SAS: "GOD IS LOVE". From that blissful insight Al-Ghazali QAS gives an account of what gladness in intimacy means, and then discusses the meaning of contentment and its particular virtue explaining its true nature. Ultimately tales and sayings ascribed to various lovers/saints are presented, like these:

"God revealed to Jesus (peace be upon him), 'When I search out a man's innermost heart and find no love either for this world or the next, I fill him full of love for Me and shelter him with My protection.' " (p. 190) or

"In the Traditions it is said that God revealed to one of His prophets, "I take as My friend only him who is not tepid in remembrance of Me, one who has no grave concern other than Me, and one who prefers nothing in My creation over Me..." (p. 187).

Al-Ghazali tirelessly focuses on the value of the sole and ultimate goal of all gnostic lovers, the virtuous Muhsinin: to arrive in all humbleness and love at an encounter with God the Exalted, for only this is the delight of their compassionate and longing hearts since "no soul knows what delights have been stored up for them." (Quran al Karim, Sura As-Sajda, 32,17).

Following THIS Sufi-path, as it was taught by Al-Ghazali in his magnum opus - the pure essence of authentic Islamic life aimed at reaching enlightment and peace of the heart as well as infinite love - Jalal Al-Din Rumi QAS sings in his beautiful love-poetry:

"In this earth, in this soil, in this pure field let's not plant any seed other than the seeds of compassion and love." and "Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it." and "Now is where love breathes." and "The very center of your heart is where life beginns - the most beautiful place on earth." and then: "The gardens may flow with beauty. But let us go to the Gardener Himself."

Yes indeed, Paradise may be the source of the pleasures of the senses but the longing hearts of true lovers search for their supreme pleasure in the encounter with GOD ALONE.

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