About The Book
This is Book XXXI of Part Four of the Alchemy of Happiness entitles The Deliverers. It is the first book from the Fourth Quarter of the Ihya' Ulum al-Din.
There is no doubt that Tawba is an essential part of the teachings of Islam. As Allah has declared in al-Qur'an al-Karim "Indeed Allah loves the Tawwabin (those who repent)."
Imam Al-Ghazzali discusses in this book
- the true nature of repentance,
- how repentance is a religious duty,
- how God accepts repentance,
- minor and major sins,
- how minor sins become major ones,
- the prerequisites of repentance,
- eight acts which atone for sins,
- the treatment for not being able to repent and whether repentance of certain sins is correct or not.
About Imam Ghazzali
Abu Hamid Muhammad, famous in the world of learning as al-Ghazzali was born in 450 AH (1058 A.D) in Persia. He graduated from the Nizamia Madrasah at Nishapur, 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-Ghazzali 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).
Imam al-Ghazzali's life was spent in self-sacrificing service of God and his fellowmen. He left behind him a fine example for all men to follow. He died in 505.
About The Author
Muhammad Nur Abdus Salam, Ph. D. (Jay R. Crook) is a well-known translator who is fluent in Persian, Arabic, Turkish and Urdu.
About The Editor
Laleh Bakhtiar is a well-known author on Sufism, is the first person to unearth traditional psychology which had been buried in medieval philosophy.
With this work she shows that traditional psychology is alive and vibrant and should be an alternative psychology to modern schools as the stress is upon morality and ethics.She is a nationally certified and licensed psychotherapist.