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Sacred Texts Islam. THE ALCHEMY OF HAPPINESS. BY AL GHAZZALI. CLAUD FIELD, translator [b. , d. ]. []. Title Page · Contents · Editorial Note. Ghazzali’s “The Alchemy of Happiness”, written toward the end of his life, provides a succinct introduction to both the theory and practice of Sufism (Islamic . Ihya-ul-ulum Ghazzali says: “The matter went so far that certain persons boasted of a union with the The first four chapters of The Alchemy of Happiness are a.

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For, to pursue the same subject, the dignity of the heart is of two kinds; one kind is by bhazali of knowledge, and the other through the exertion of divine power.

It addresses how to handle human emotions such as anger, greed, spite and jealousy.

The occasion of his having a dry temperament is the season of winter. Personally, I found this book inspiring and meditative; it came as a sharp but welcome reminder to look for balance in one’s life. However, that knowledge of the soul which leads to the knowledge of God, is not of this kind. The people of this world ghazalli also like the passengers in a ship, who while sailing upon the sea, arrive at an island.

But in death, as the senses are completely separated and the veil of the body is removed, the heart can contemplate the invisible Edition: If he has not been appointed to invite the nations, but worships in accordance with the law of another, he is called a saint, and that which Edition: If it should look upon a lion or tiger with severity, they would become weak and submissive.

Know, beloved, that we cannot understand the future world, until we know what death is: The heart of man, veiled with the garments of heedlessness, forgot the assembly with which it had been familiar, and imagining that this miserable place was to be its mansion of rest, it chose to establish itself here in this world of perdition, as if this was its home. Sorcery with the eyes, is of this kind of power. He has no power to preserve himself from destruction. For the soul has been created with these qualities and affections, and human nature cannot be changed.

It is the seat of the knowledge of God.


If also man had been created to fight, kill and domineer, ghazaki would follow that beasts of prey are nobler than he, for they are mightier in their ferocity and their power of subjugating other animals. The world is like a shadow, which, while you look at it, seems fixed, although in reality, it is in motion. Their existence is admitted, but their quantity and happinfss cannot be measured.


Everyone should have it on their book shelves. For the purpose of resisting these, it was in want of various internal and external forces, such as the hand and foot, sight and hearing, food and drink.

But when the heart is not free from impurity, or when, on waking, it busies itself with things of sense, the side towards the tablet will be obscured, and hapiness can view nothing.

For a full account of Ghazzali’s Edition: He who possesses gardens and fields, houses, lands, and money, servants and horses, will be subject to regret and affliction at death, in proportion to their amount.

His knowledge of litrature and sayings of Prophets and saints is amazing and he uses them perfectly to explain o point he wants to convey.

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Von Hammer printed inat Vienna, a translation of a moral essay, Eyuha el Weled, as a new happuness token for youth. Scholasticism in Islam lost its value because people tend to blame everything in a culture that got conquered.

The sixth class alcehmy indulge in error, are those who, exalted with pride, think that they have already attained and are perfect: This is called knowledge of operation. When an individual goes to sleep, these windows remain open and the individual is able to perceive events which will befall him from the invisible world or from the hidden table of decrees, 1 and the result corresponds exactly with the vision.

The commandment is also addressed to it, for it is capable of happiness or alcheym. They are not capable of distinguishing actions and circumstances, or right alchemmy wrong. If it is walking in the path of the law and of the prophets and saints, it is well! The next day, when he is upon the point of departure, they are all taken from him by force, and the measure of his disappointment and regret is clear to every person of discrimination.

The Alchemy of Happiness

Problem is he gives the impression that these are only analogies, not Realities within their own right. They finally entered, and found a corner with great difficulty, where they could just press themselves in.


Those therefore who are endowed with understanding, conscious of the frailty of their bodies should make all diligence to quit this kingdom of corruption and to enter permanently into the unchanging kingdom.

This translation is fully annotated for readers unfamiliar with Ghazzali and includes an introduction to his life and or milieu. In the presence of the multitude, they put on a holy mien and do not approve of error and sin, but they gyazali not withdraw their hearts from the pleasure of wine, nor from adulterous and licentious society, nor withdraw their hands from the business of gaining the world.

He must not, however, be destroyed, for each one of us has received, from his original country, a definite ghazai, and in that case this service must remain unfulfilled.

As the ghazalli In the name of God is written down by first dipping the pen in the ink, so the thing which God wills, comes to light by mixing heat and cold with water and earth.

The third source of dominiou of the heart is through knowledge. Alcjemy is still one farther observation that deserves to be made. For they embrace the whole kingdom of the universe with its deputies and servants, happinexs possess the knowledge of the end for which everything was created: Lewes, who in his first edition of the Biographical History of Philosophy, found no place for Hapiness, is induced in his last edition, from the evidenee which that treatise contains that he was one of the controlling minds of his age, to devote an entire section to an exhibition of his opinions in the same series with Abclard and Bruno, and to make him the typical figure to represent Arabian philosophy.

The most wonderful thing of all is, that there is a window in the heart from whence it surveys the world. Every thing in the world of matter which grows, has been included under three classes, animal, vegetable and hhappiness, which are called the three generations or kingdoms. While they regarded all the Greek philosophers as infidels, they availed themselves of their logic and their principles of philosophy to maintain, as far possible, the dogmas of the Koran.