Imam Al-Ghazzali

Early Life & Education

Turns to Sufism

Reconciles Sufism & Islam

Ihya Uloom-ud-Din

Role of Mujaheda

Fragrant Flowers From Al-Ghazzali










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Imam Al-Ghazzali's Unique Contribution to Sufism

"If all the knowledge of the world were lost,
I could revive it with lhya-ul-Uloom."
---Abu Mohammed Quzrani

   No writer on Sufism should forget to pay due tribute and homage to the distinguished role which Imam Al-Ghazzali of Iran played in the history of Islam and Sufism.

   In the history of Islam, Imam Abul Hamid Al-Ghazzali of Iran is unanimously recognized as perhaps its greatest scholar, author, and foremost thinker. During the Middle Ages, his authority as interpreter of the Qur'anic verses in the light of his spiritual investigation of the underlying hidden wisdom of Qur'an was almost unsurpassed and unchallenged. His unique contribution to Islamic thought and behavior was the reconciling adjustment of his intuitive insight into the Qur'anic dicta with the Vedantic, Greek, Neo-Platonic and Buddhist metaphysical speculation and philosophies touching on mysticism.

   Imam AI-Ghazzali's reputed work Keemie-e-Sa'adat (The Alchemy of Happiness) is a scholarly masterpiece, unparalleled on the esoteric experiences of Sufism. Apart from being a devoted scholar and orthodox theologian, he was a rationalist who dived deep into the mystical sea underlying the spirit of the Holy Qur'an. His most famous work Ihya-ul-Uloom-ud-Din (The Revival of the Spiritual Sciences) is a treasury of Sufistic principles, practices and characteristics which are followed by all the great Sufi dervishes of the world.