Imam Ghazzali's Ihya Ulum-id-Din in English by Maulana Fazlul Karim (Set of 4 books)

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Ihya Ulum id Din The Revival of the Religions Sciences By Imam Al Ghazali Translated by Al Hajj Maulana Fazlul-Karim Hard Back 4 Volume set, Published in India/Pakistan By Various Publishers , The Revival of the Religions Sciences (Ihya Ulum al-Din) is widely regarded as one of the great work of Muslim spirituality, and has, for centuries, been the widely read work in the Muslim world. The masterpiece of Imam al-Ghazali, unquestionably one of the greatest thinkers and theologians of Islam. It is divided into four parts each containing ten chapters. First part deals with knowledge and the requirements of faith—ritual purity, prayer, charity, fasting, pilgrimage, recitation of the Qur’an, etc.; Part two concentrates mostly on people and society—the manners relating to eating, marriage, earning a living, friendship, etc.; Parts three and four are dedicated to the inner life of the soul and discuss first the vices that people must overcome in themselves and then the virtues that they must strive to achieve. Volume 1 - Book of Worship, Volume 2 - Book of Worldly Usages, Volume 3 - Book of Destructive Evils, Volume 4 - Book of Constructive Virtues. As far as we know this is the only English Translation of the complete set of this well known Work of Imam Al-Ghazali (Although Parts of it may be Abridged translation) The Quality of the Print and the translation does not do justice to this Monumental Work, (For a better Quality Print and Level of translation see the translations of Individual Sections (Click) Some have criticised the book for quoting Weak Hadith and other traditions. This is true, however Imam Ghazali was well aware of the Rulings of the fuqaha (Jurists) of his time and he himself followed the Shaf'ee fiqh and he does not use these weak traditions as a basis for deriving Hukm (Rule) Shar'ee. Rather he uses it in the process of tackling some real Issues that we face during the course of everyday Life. About Imam Ghazali Abu Hamid Muhammad, famous in the world of learning as al-Ghazzal was born in 450 AH (1058 A.D). in Persia . He graduated from the Nizamia Madressa at Nishapur, with distinction.a very famous educational institution in Nishapur. Later he was appointed as a teacher at the Nizamia College in Baghdad, where he proved very successful in imparting knowledge to the scholars under his care. This valuable gift of sustaining interest of his pupils and passing on his knowledge to them made him so famous that students from all parts of the country flocked to study under him. Imam al-Ghazzali was fondly referred to as the "Hujjat-ul-lslam", Proof of Islam, He is honoured as a scholar and a saint by learned men all over the world. Al-Ghazali is generally acclaimed as the most influential thinker of the Classical period of Islam, in his autobiography The Deliverance from Error, the Imam describes his education and his intellectual crisis, which left him so paralysed by doubt that he he gave up his academic pursuits and worldly interests and became a wandering ascetic. This was a process (period) of mystical transformation. Later, he resumed his teaching duties, but again left these. An era of solitary life, devoted to contemplation and writing then ensued, which led to the authorship of a number of everlasting books (Many of which have been translated in English) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Table of Contents BOOK-I PREFACE PREFACE OF IMAM GAZZALI CHAPTER I Acquisition of Knowledge CHAPTER II Foundation of Belief CHAPTER III Mysteries of Cleanliness CHAPTER IV Secrets of Prayer CHAPTER V Secrets of Zakat and Chraities CHAPTER VI Secrets of Fasting CHAPTER VII Secrets of Pilgrimage Ten Secret Things of Haj CHAPTER VIII Excellence of the Quran CHAPTER IX Zikr and Invocations CHAPTER X Actions after division of Times BOOK –II CHAPTER I Rules of Eating and Drinking CHAPTER II Secrets of Marriage CHAPTER III Earnings, Trade and Commerce CHAPTER IV Halal & Haram CHAPTER V Love and Brotherhood CHAPTER VI Duties to relative, Neighbours, Muslims CHAPTER VII Benefits and harms of Seclusion and society CHAPTER VIII Rules of Journey CHAPTER IX Music and Exctacy CHAPTER X Enjoining good & Forbidding Evil CHAPTER XI Conduct and Character of Holy Prophet BOOK-III CHAPTER I Soul and its attributes CHAPTER II Riazat or efforts for good conduct in the ways of God CHAPTER III Harms of greed and sexual passion CHAPTER IV Harms of Tongue CHAPTER V Harms of Anger, hatred and Envy CHAPTER VI Evils of the world CHAPTER VII Evils of wealth and miserliness CHAPTER VIII Evils of Power and show CHAPTER IX Evils of Pride and Self-praise CHAPTER X Evils of erroneous beliefs BOOK-IV CHAPTER I Tauba (Repentance) CHAPTER II Patience and gratefulness CHAPTER III Fear and hope CHAPTER IV Poverty and renunciation CHAPTER V Tauhid and Tawakkal CHAPTER VI Love and Attachment CHAPTER VII Will, intention and Truthfulness CHAPTER VIII Meditation and Introspection CHAPTER IX Pondering over good CHAPTER X Death and subsequent events

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