Author: Imam Al-Ghazali; Nabih Amin Faris
Publisher: Dar Al Wahi (2012)
Pages: 104 Binding: Paperback 5 x 7.5 x 0.25"
Description from the publisher:
The following pages present in English garb Book III of the first quarter, namely, the Kitab Asrar al-Taharah (On the Mysteries of Purity). Though not one of the more profound contributions of al¬Ghazzali, it still remains an integral part of the Ihya' and should not therefore, be neglected.
The Prophet said, "Religion was founded on cleanliness."1 And again, "Purification is the key to prayer."2 God said, " Therein are men who aspire to purity, and God loveth the purified."3 The Prophet also said, "Purification is one half of belief.4 God also said, "God desireth not to lay a burden upon you, but He desireth to purify you."5 Through these externals, those who possess insight awoke to the fact that the most important thing is the purification of the heart, because, it is very unlikely that the words of the Prophet, "Purification is one half of belief' meant that men should polish and clean the body with a generous use of water and to neglect the heart and leave it stuffed with impurities and filth. from the Introduction
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