Imam Ghazali () who is world’s one of the most influential thinkers, reformers, and spiritual transformers and whose books are a. My Dear Beloved Son or Daughter By Imam Abu Hamid Muhammad Al-Ghazali ( May God Shower His Mercy Upon Him) From Imam Ghazali’s Arabic Book. Who was Imam Ghazali (RA)?. Imam Ghazali (RA) [ CE] is most famous for his contributions in philosophy, religion and Sufism. He is also known as.
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Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. The English translator has added all explanations given within square brackets and parenthesis and assumes all responsibilities for any mistranslations and seeks Allah’s forgiveness for that. All text in Arabic has been drar into English and has been italicized. The Urdu translation, used for doing this English translation, has been published eon Dar-al Isha’at, Pakistan.
He thought that he spent a lot of time learning from Imam Ghazali RA over a number of years from different branches of religious knowledge and gave a lot of sacrifices towards that end. However, he still did not know which branch of knowledge from among the branches of knowledge he studied, would be of real help to him, would illumine his grave, would be beneficial to him on the Day of Judgment and which branches of knowledge would not be of benefit to him on the Day of Judgment, so that he could refrain from those branches ghazxli knowledge because the Holy Prophet Muhammad May Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon him said: This disciple of Imam Ghazali RA kept thinking along ghazzali lines for a few days and then wrote a letter deaar Imam Ghazali with the view of getting an answer to his dilemma along with some other questions.
Furthermore, he asked in his letter to Imam Ghazali RA for some advice and to teach him a supplication that he could always recite. In reply to his letter, Imam Ghazali RA sent him the following advices.
All praises belong to Allah alone, the Lord of all the universes and blessings and peace of Allah be upon His messenger Muhammad and on all of his descendents and followers.
My dear ghaza,i son and true friend! May Allah, the Exalted, grant you a long life for His worship and obedience and may He enable you to walk on the path of His beloveds. You should know that the fountain of all good counsel is the holy existence of Prophet Muhammad Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him because the constitution of all counsel is based on his Ahadith traditions and Hgazali outward character and conduct as bhazali as internal states.
Every counsel advice contrary to his Ahadith traditions and Sunnah outward character and internal states will be of no benefit. Countless accounts of advices have been written and told in the light of the Ahadith traditions and Sunnah outward character and internal states of the Holy Prophet Muhammad Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.
If you have received any guidance from them then you sn not need any advice from me. Beeloved, if you have not received any counsel from the counsels of Prophet Muhammad Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him then tell me, in all these years, what knowledge have you acquired from me?
My dear beloved son!
Among the counsels of the Holy Prophet Muhammad Peace and blessings of Allah be upon himis the counsel: It’s very easy to give this advice to all the people of the whole world but it’s very difficult to act upon it oneself.
It’s because, those in whose hearts the pleasures of the world and following of their desires [from the lower self] dominate, they find the advice and guidance bitter. These people’s hearts are trapped in the worldly desires and pleasures.
This belief, which is wrong, is of those who study philosophy. All Glory and Honor to Allah the Great. Does this som not know that the Holy Prophet Muhammad Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him said: Inform me about your state after your death!
But some Rak’at cycles of prayers I did at the time of Tahajjud third part of the night were of benefit. Do not be deprived of good deeds, do not be without the knowledge of the external matters Shari’ahand do not be without internal excellences noble inner qualities. Have firm certitude that only knowledge without good deeds will not benefit you on the Hgazali of Judgment.
Dear Beloved Son
You can understand this [important] point from the example that if someone is passing through a jungle or desert holding ten sharp swords, good arches along with some other weapons, and knowing the art of war and method of using these weapons and all of a sudden is confronted belovrd a lion. Tell me, can this person be saved without using these weapons?
You know very well that this person cannot be desr. A poet has said that even if you take buy two thousand pounds of wine you will not be intoxicated until you drink from it. Acquiring a lot of knowledge and continually browsing a lot of books but not acting upon that knowledge will not be of any ghazqli to you unless and until you make yourself deserving of Allah’s mercy through deeds of righteousness. Until then, the Grace of Allah will stay away from you.
Listen, Quran says the following in this respect: I know that you might have read that this verse of Quran was abrogated. I suppose that this verse was spn but what do you say about the following two verses: After the explanation of this truth, if you get the thought in your heart that I am saying that a slave [of God, i.
On contrary, what I am saying is that a slave will enter Paradise because of Allah’s Favor, Generosity, and Blessings. I am not narrating this fact instead Allah, the Exalted, is saying: I repeat this [important point], how will a slave enter into the Paradise [without Allah’s Mercy]? But if someone says that ghqzali will enter into the Paradise because of one’s faith Iman then there are many difficult valleys obstacles in front.
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Among them, the first difficult way obstacle is to safely take with oneself one’s faith Iman. Have the conviction that unless and until you work, you will not get the pay or compensation of your work. There was man from among the Children of Israel who used to excessively worship Allah.
Allah sent an angel to him to test him who said: You are the Knower to the secrets of this universe and You also know what Your worshipper slave has replied. All of you be [My] witnesses that I have forgiven him. If your intention was to gain worldly material benefits and worldly prestige and status then: And unless it’s for [the sorrow of being separate from] You, the weeping tears of the eyes for someone [or something] else [other than You O Lord!
What benefit have you obtained other than wasting your life and gaining worldly fame? I have read in Prophet Tsa’s Jesus [Peace of Allah be upon him] Gospel Injil that between the time the corpse dead body of a human being is placed in a casket and brought to the grave, Allah, the Exalted, asks the corpse forty 40 questions with His Power. In the first question Allah, the Exalted, asks: You decorated beautified yourself [with knowledge of outward matters] for many years to show off to the [mortal] creations [of Mine].
But for My sake only, did you ever purified your heart [from evil and heedlessness] even for a moment? Everyday, the Voice of Allah resonates in your heart: Why do you worship [Me] for show off and ostentation, even though the good and the bad [circumstances] are both in My Hands?
For this reason, you should worship me [alone] with sincere intention and devotion [and not to impress any of My mortal creations who are not capable of benefiting or harming you even by a little except by My Will].
Knowledge without actions is madness and actions without knowledge are useless. The knowledge that today, does not keep you away from sins and that does not evoke in you the desire to obey Allah, remember, will not save you tomorrow from Hellfire. If you do not perform righteous deeds today and do not make up for the time you wasted in the past then on the Day of Judgment you will be gbazali That is where ghazalo are coming from. Create courage in yourself and create movement in your body for struggle gjazali the Path of God].
Make efforts for performing pious deeds because then you will be going to the grave. Those, who already are in the grave before you, are waiting for you every moment to see when you come to them. Without fruits good deeds do not even get close to xon. Abu Bakr Siddiq May Allah be pleased with him says: Ghazsli you are in the cage of birds then when you will listen to “Irji’I ila Rabbikal” “Return to your Lord! As soon as he took it in his hand he took a sigh and fell unconscious.
When he regained consciousness, people asked him what had happened to him. If ghszali without actions had been sufficient for you and if you did not need actions then why Allah, the Exalted, would say at the dawn: Is there anyone who asks [Me of anything]?
Is there anyone who begs [Me] for forgiveness? In fact, this proclamation of Allah, the Exalted, at dawn is for: I wish he prayed the Tahajjud prayers optional prayers in the blessed last part of the night before dawn which is indispensable for making spiritual progress in the Path ghazaali Allah.
May Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon ghazsli ] And in [the last] part of the night perform the Tahajjud prayers [for the sake of Allah] which will be very beneficial for you.
At that time, those [slaves of Allah] who engage in Allah’s remembrance and ask [Allah for His] forgiveness, their voices are presented [by this wind] to the Court of Allah, the Exalted. In the middle of the night, a second angel makes the proclamation that all obedient and respectful slaves of Allah should get up. Thus they get up and continue to pray until Sehr the last blessed part of the night.
When it’s time for Sehr then a third angel makes the proclamation that all those who seek Allah’s forgiveness should get up. Thus they get up and seek Allah’s forgiveness. When it’s time for dawn, then a fourth angel makes the proclamation ‘O you the heedless ones! Get up [the day break has come]! It has been told in the will of Luqman Peace of Allah be upon him that he, advising his cear in his will, said: Do not let the rooster be more intelligent than you are.
It shouldn’t happen that he i. If I had been a true lover [of Allah] Then the doves would not have won over me in weeping [in the pain of separation drar my Beloved Allah!
Dear Beloved Son by Imam Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali ::
I do not even wet my eyes [with tears] while ghszali to love [my Beloved Lord! Our purpose is that you should know what obedience and worship are. Obedience and worship are to follow ggazali Shari’ah law of Prophet Muhammad May peace and blessings of Allah be upon him then whether the commandments are for performing the righteous deeds or for restraining oneself from evil or whether [the commandments] are for following his words or deeds, in other words, whether you do something or not do something, whether you say something or not say something, all these must be in accordance with the teachings of Bleoved Muhammad May peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.
If you say something then say it according to the teachings of Prophet Muhammad May peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. If you keep silent then be silent according to the commandments of Prophet Muhammad May peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.
If you do something or do not do something then do it in accordance with the teachings of Prophet Muhammad May peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. If you do something and you consider it an act of worship but you do not do it to obey the commandment of Prophet Muhammad May peace and blessings of Allah be upon him then this will not be counted as worship but instead will be counted as a sin even though it might be prayer or fasting.
Do you not know that if someone fasts on the [first] day of the two Eids i. Even though it is fasting but since it’s not done in accordance with the commandment of Prophet Muhammad May peace and blessings of Allah be upon him that’s why this person is being sinful. Similarly, if someone performs prayers at a forbidden time e. Even though it apparently looks like [a legitimate act of] worship but since it was not done in accordance with the guidance of Prophet Muhammad May peace and blessings of Allah be upon himit is not correct.