1Sahil B = ""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
of the world as it really is
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] "