Al-Ghazali The Mysteries of Purification for Children
Author: Imam Al-Ghazali
Publisher: Fons Vitae
Now joining Book Sets One and Two from al-Ghazali’s Revival of the Religious Sciences, the Book of Knowledge and the Book of Belief, is Book Set Three, The Mysteries of Purification. Accompanying the translation for parents and teachers, the volume for children contains 17 stories, introduced by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, as well as a complete workbook and a curriculum with marvelous supportive activities for schools and home schools. Both parents and children will be inspired by being able to understand the deeper meanings and beauty of the rituals of purification, from the teachings and insights of Imam al-Ghazali.
Now that you have learned some ways to polish your heart from the Book of Knowledge and also about what happens to us after death from the Book of Belief, when we are responsible and accountable for how we have used our lives in this world, we turn to this essential book which will help you to better understand the importance and the meaning of purity. What we are giving you here, from Imam al-Ghazali’s third book of the Revival of the Religious Sciences, are some of the inner meanings of purity which you will find fascinating and useful. What he explains will greatly help all of you in your noble effort to polish your beautiful, shining hearts.
Imam al-Ghazali used many metaphors and imaginary tales to best illustrate very profound concepts and ideas. The Ant and The Pen, for example, is a story which tries to help explain how God knows and plans everything which will happen to us. The Imam uses the image of small plants which grow in our hearts into magnificent trees to illustrate how doing beautiful deeds will nourish inner growth and later produce beautiful fruits. His metaphor for polishing the heart makes it very easy for us to imagine the process of self observation and correction.
But the reason why the Publisher has chosen to transport Imam al-Ghazali to our world is not only to engage the imagination of children but to underscore the point that real learning and truth are ageless and not bound by concepts of time and space. Al-Ghazali and his message still live with us today.