Author: Nik Roskiman Abdul Samad
Publisher: International Islamic University Malaysia (2003)
Pages: 128 Binding: Paperback
Description from the publisher:
The Proof of Islam (Hujjat al-Islam), Imãm Abü Hamid bin Muhammad bin Muhammad al Ghazali al-Tüsi is popularly known for his various works written on theology, philosophy logic, jurisprudence Sufism and in almost other disciplines of Islamic science. Nonetheless, only few are aware that this great scholar and theologian has written on administration, advising a ruler of his time as to how the Kingdom should be ruled in the wisest manner possible and with Justice. Not only that, in fact, al AlGhazali is regarded as one of the major contributors to the administration and management in the history of mankind which can be dated to as early as during the Sumerians period since 500 CE.1
This thesis has attempted as far as possible, to systematically expound the ethical administrate qualities as found in alGhazãli's Nasihat al-Mulük. Obviously, this is not exhaustive and there are many other qualities not listed in this thesis, for one may refer to other works of the Imam for these.
About Imam Ghazali
Abu Hamid Muhammad, famous in the world of learning as al-Ghazzal was born in 450 AH (1058 A.D). in Persia . He graduated from the Nizamia Madressa at Nishapur, with distinction.a very famous educational institution in Nishapur. Later he was appointed as a teacher at the Nizamia College in Baghdad, where he proved very successful in imparting knowledge to the scholars under his care. This valuable gift of sustaining interest of his pupils and passing on his knowledge to them made him so famous that students from all parts of the country flocked to study under him.
Imam al-Ghazzali was fondly referred to as the "Hujjat-ul-lslam", Proof of Islam, He is honoured as a scholar and a saint by learned men all over the world.
Al-Ghazali is generally acclaimed as the most influential thinker of the Classical period of Islam, in his autobiography The Deliverance from Error, the Imam describes his education and his intellectual crisis, which left him so paralysed by doubt that he he gave up his academic pursuits and worldly interests and became a wandering ascetic. This was a process (period) of mystical transformation. Later, he resumed his teaching duties, but again left these. An era of solitary life, devoted to contemplation and writing then ensued, which led to the authorship of a number of everlasting books (Many of which have been translated in English) . Imam al-Ghazzali's life was spent in self-sacrificing service of God and his fellowmen. He left behind him a fine example for all men to follow. He died in 505 AH