Al Ghazali - The Alchemist of Happiness

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1 Sahil Badruddin = ""In time, Ghazzali's attempt to revive his religion was fully recognized, and he was given the peculiar title Hujjat-el-Islam, or 'The Proof of Islam'. What Aquinas became for medieval Christendom, so Ghazzali was to the Islam of the early Middle Ages, except that Ghazzali's ideas were also influential in Europe, where he was known as 'Algazel'. Though a theological heavyweight, one of his wiser acts was to make an abridgment of The Revival of Religious Sciences that could reach a wider audience. The result was The Alchemy of Happiness (in Arabic Kimiya'-yi sa'adat). The first four chapters follow the hadiths, or sayings of Muhammad, in making a case for the impossibility of true happiness without a close relationship to God. Though now relatively obscure in the West, it has for nine centuries remained one of the great inspirational tracts of Islam. Ghazzali begins the book by stating the four elements in the metamorphosis that turns an average person 'from an animal into an angel'. They include: Knowledge of self Knowledge of God Knowledge of the world as it really is Knowledge of the next world as it really is" -50 Spiritual Classics: Timeless Wisdom From 50 Great Books of Inner Discovery, Enlightenment and Purpose [Tom Butler-Bowdon] "