al-Ghazzali: the Alchemy of Happiness (Kimiyah al-saadat) Volume

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The first complete English translation of The Alchemy of Happiness (Kimiyah al-saadat) Imam Ghazali’s Persian summary of his famous Arabic treatise on mystical Islam, The Revival of the Religious Sciences (Ihya Ulum al-Din). In this work, Ghazali details the many pitfalls, snares, and distractions—internal and external—that lie in wait to diver the traveler of the Way from attaining the goal which Ghazali calls “spiritual happiness.” But there are also defenders, guides, and helpers which the traveler may enlist in his aid if he recognizes them. In the Alchemy, Ghazali has provided the traveler of the Way with a critique of faith and a detailed guidebook to guide him safely to that goal. If he follows its counsels, he will successfully pass through the awesome tribunal of the Resurrection to achieve everlasting salvation, the highest degree of which is that state in which there remains neither fear of the terros of hell nor appetite for the pleasures of paradise. It is the pure ecstasy of the loving Divine Presence: absolute spiritual happiness.
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