Reading and commenting on Imam Al-Ghazali’s Kimiya, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf makes simple and beautiful what it means to know Allah, that purpose of our creation and the epitome of happiness. From the colorful pages of the Islamic past emerges a figure at the turn of the 12th century peerless in his scholarship and ingenuity. He was a man who, after enduring a solemn journey to spiritual transformation, would be honored to this day as the man who revived Islam by restoring the centrality of the spiritual dimension as the focus of the Islamic sciences. His name was Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali.
TRANSCRIPT TEXT: https://shaykhhamza.com/transcript/alchemy-of-happiness
In this series, Hamza Yusuf, joined by partisans of the 2006 Summer Rihla in Medina celebrates this scholar’s remarkable life and indispensable contributions to the Islamic disciplines through a study of his compendium, The Alchemy of Happiness, an abridgment of his canon Revival of the Religious Sciences. Reading and commenting on this treatise, Yusuf makes simple and beautiful what it means to know Allah, that purpose of our creation and epitome of happiness which Al-Ghazali realized in himself and keenly wanted to impart.
What is presented to the listener in this set is no less than what its title promises to deliver: the spiritual alchemy by which seekers may purify and transform their hearts until they attain the heights intended for them from knowledge of self and the Divine.
Link to Imam al-Ghazali’s book: http://data.nur.nu/Kutub/English/Ghazali_Alchemy-of-Happiness.pdf
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Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The word of wisdom is the lost property of the believer. Wherever he finds it, he is most deserving of it.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2687; Classified Hasan (fair) by Imam Al-Suyuti)
Abdullah ibn Amr reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, Allah does not withhold knowledge by snatching it away from his servants, but rather he withholds knowledge by taking the souls scholars, until no scholar remains and people follow ignorant leaders. They are asked and they issue judgments without knowledge. Thus, they are astray and lead others astray.”
(Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 100, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2673; Classified Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon) by Imam Al-Bukhari and Imam Muslim)
May Allah reward our scholars and the deenintensive team immensely here and in the hereafter!
Abu Mas’ud reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever guides someone to goodness will have a reward like one who did it.”
(Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 1893; Classified Sahih (authentic) according to Imam Muslim)
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Broadcast it to your family, friends and the whole world!
And also, I thank you for your huge contribution to support Albali Studio by simply sharing this.
— Aldi Fajar