Kimiya-yi sa’ādat

Kimiya-yi Sa’ādat #Persian: كيمياى سعادت‎, English: The Alchemy of Happiness# was written by Abū Ḥāmid Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad al-Ghazālī, a Persian theologian, philosopher, and prolific Sunni author regarded as one of the greatest systematic Persian thinkers of Islam.[1] The Kimiya-yi Sa’ādat was written towards the end of his life hortly before 499/1105.[2] During the time before it was written the Muslim world was considered to be in a state of political as well as intellectual unrest. Al-Ghazālī, noted that there were constant disputes regarding the role of philosophy and scholastic theology, and that Sufi’s became chastised for their neglect of the ritual obligations of Islam.[3] Upon its release, the Kimiya-yi sa’ādat allowed al-Ghazali to considerably reduce the tensions between the scholars and mystics.[3] Kimiya-yi sa’ādat emphasized the importance of observing the ritual requirements of Islam, the actions that would lead to salvation, and avoidance of sin. The factor that set the Kimiya-yi sa’ādat apart from other theological works at the time was its mystical emphasis on self-discipline and asceticism.[3] Al-Ghazālī, had succeeded in gaining widespread acceptance for Sufism, however, he did so at the expense of the philosophers, despite the fact that his goal was to refute them.[clarification

via Kimiya-yi sa’ādat – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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