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.
Series Editor: Seyyed Hossein Nasr
About Imam Ghazzali
Imam Abu Hamid Muhammad Al-Ghazali was born in 450 AH (1058 A.D) in the Iranian town of Tus, studied Islamic law and theology at the Seljuq College in Nishapur, and became a distinguished professor at the famous Nizamiyya University in Baghdad.
Despite his glittering success, he was inwardly dissatisfied, so he abandoned his career for the life of hardship, abstinence and devotion to worship. During ten years of wandering, he experienced a spiritual transformation, in which the Truth came to him at last, as something received rather than acquired.
Blessed with an inner certainty, he then applied his outstanding faculties and vast learning to the task of revitalizing the whole Islamic tradition. Through his direct personal contacts, and through his many writings, he showed how every element in that tradition could and should be turned to its true purpose.
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 and is generally acclaimed as the most influential thinker of the Classical period of Islam.
He passed away in 505 AH (1111 A.D).
About The Translator
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.