Presented to the English speaking public is a translation of two chapters of Ghazal's great work, Ihya .ulum al-din. The chapter is entitled kitabasrar al-salah (the book of the secrets of prayer and its requirements). This translation was originally carried out by E E Caverley which I have edited in places to give the reader a clearer understanding of the text and correcting the Quranic references. I have also included in the book the prophetic narrations in the original Arabic to give the reader of Arabic a fuller flavour of the intended meaning.
The two chapters selected are entitled "fefadail al-salahwa al-sajudwa-aljama.hwa al-azaanwaibarihaÃ¯" (virtue of the prayer, prostration, congregation, call to prayer and its precepts). And the third chapter from the book entitled fee shuruut al-batinah min a.amaal al-qalb. (Inward stipulations for the acts of the heart) The first chapter generally focuses on the pre-eminent status of prayer and its superiority over all other forms of worship in Islam. Instilling in the one who is about to initiate the prayer the enormity and seriousness of the action.
The second chapter in the book focuses on the mind-set of the one who is engaged in prayer, humility being a fundamental pillar in this regard. Imam Ghazali also offers practical remedies to attain this status of humility and describes the base nature of heedlessness before one's Creator. I hope this book acts as a means of proximity since nothing can facilitate this noble goal to reach one's Lord but the Prayer.
But prostate in adoration, and bring thyself the closer (to Allah) Surah Alaq.19
This book, "Mukashafah al-Qulub al-Muqarrib ila Hadrah Allam al-Ghuyuba", is the abridged version of the book "Mukashafah al-Qulub al-Akbar" by Imam Abu Hamid Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Ghazali. This book comprises 111 chapters explaining conduct, manners, virtues of deeds, acts of obedience and the importance of doing them, acts of disobedience and the importance of abstaining from them, matters concerning this world, death, the grave, the hereafter, the reckoning [of deeds], and the reward or punishment that will be meted out.
Al-Ghazzali commences each chapter by explaining the topic and introducing its theme. He then quotes Qur'anic verses and Prophetic Traditions in this regard. He then follows all this with statements, anecdotes and stories from some Sahabah, Tabieen and righteous people. All these serve to awaken the souls, embellish the hearts, remind us of Allah, His greatness, might, power, and His disposition among His creation. In this book of his, al-Ghazzali follows the course of the Qur'an and Sunnah regarding which our leader, the Messenger of Allah said: I have left among you something which if you hold on to after me, you will never go astray, the Book of Allah and my Sunnah."
Imam al-Ghazzali was fondly referred to as the "Hujjat-ul-lslam", Proof of Islam; He is honored 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 paralyzed by doubt that 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:
Introduction: the Time and Place of al-Ghazali
Al-Ghazali: On the Duties of Brotherhood
The First Duty: Material Assistance
The Second Duty: Personal Aid
The Third Duty: Holding One's Tongue
The Fourth Duty: Speaking Out
The Fifth Duty: Forgiveness
The Sixth Duty: Prayer
The Seventh Duty: Loyalty and Sincerity
The Eighth Duty: Informality
Imam al-Ghazali (1058–1111 CE) of Tus in Iran was one of the greatest scholars in the history of Islamic thought. He made outstanding contributions in logic, philosophy, jurisprudence, legal theory, and mysticism.
The first complete English-language edition of Moderation in Belief, this new annotated translation by Aladdin M. Yaqub draws on the most esteemed critical editions of the Arabic texts and offers detailed commentary that analyzes and reconstructs the arguments found in the work’s four treatises. Explanations of the historical and intellectual background of the texts also enable readers with a limited knowledge of classical Arabic to fully explore al-Ghazali and this foundational text for the first time.
With the recent resurgence of interest in Islamic philosophy and the conflict between philosophy and religion, this new translation will be a welcome addition to the scholarship.
Kitab Asrar al-Hajj karangan Hujjatul Islam Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (1058-1111 M) menerangkan secara detail faedah-faedah haji dan umrah, menjelaskan persoalan-persoalan yang masih rumit, membuka aspek-aspek penting yang masih terkunci, memberi batasan atas hal-hal yang masih umum dan menguraikannya dengan keterangan yang elok sehingga mudah ditangkap oleh siapa pun yang bening hatinya serta membukakan jalan-jalan kebenaran bagi orang-orang yang mencari petunjuk.
Di dalam kitab ini, Imam al-Ghazali menyebutkan apa yang menjadi keistimewaan kitabnya. Yaitu, menyingkap apa yang umum dan khusus dari amalan-amalan lahiriah haji dan umrah yang telah disyariatkan. Setelah itu, beliau memaparkan tentang kondisi-kondisi batin orang yang berhaji dengan model pembahasan yang mendalam sekaligus mudah dipahami dan dicerna.
Itulah kenapa buku ini menjadi sangat penting untuk dibaca dan dijadikan rujukan, baik bagi yang sudah menunaikan maupun yang baru berencana (niat) menunaikan ibadah haji/umrah.
ISI BUKU INI:
∙ Keutamaan Haji
∙ Kemuliaan Baitullah dan Mekkah
∙ Penjelasan Haji Perspektif Fikih
∙ Pembersihan Jiwa Sebelum Berangkat Haji
∙ Hikmah di Balik Setiap Perintah Agama
∙ Hikmah di Balik Amalan Haji
∙ Keutamaan Setiap Manasik
∙ Penjelasan Haji Perspektif Tasawuf
∙ Penjelasan Amalan Batiniah dalam Haji
∙ Tata Cara Berdiri di Depan Makam Rasulullah saw.
∙ Keutamaan Tempat-Tempat di Mekah dan Madinah
∙ Dalil Al-Quran dan Hadis Menjelaskan Esensi Haji
∙ Doa-Doa Haji dari Sumber yang Otentik