About The Product
Mishkat Media presents Travelling Light - the timeless spiritual wisdom of Imam al-Ghazali's The Revival of the Religious Sciences (Ihya 'ulum al-din), brought alive for today by the teaching of leading scholars of the Muslim community.
Lectures on this Islamic classic are now available accompanied by beautiful films shot at historic sites around the Muslim world, among the communities nourished by the teachings of the Imam. Each film also includes examples of the sacred music local to the setting.
The inspirational insights and blessings of the Imam's work are not the only benefit of this project. All profits go to support the building of the new mosque in Cambridge.
23. Breaking the Two Desires
24. The Vices of the Tongue
25. Anger, Hatred & Envy
26. On Worldliness
To be released June 2011 - Running Time approx. 75 mins x 4 - English DVD Region 0 - PAL Widescreen - E = Exempt from classification
23. Breaking the Two Desires (Kasr al-Shahwatayn) Humans love God by their nature, but they are also weak when confronted by two powerful passions: gluttony and sexual desire. The Imam shows how to control these, and how to deal with one's natural appetites in a wholesome and balanced way.
24. The Vices of the Tongue (Afat al-Lisan) The tongues is small, but can lead to immense calamities. Here spiritual guidance is offered on how to confront our habits of lying, slander, self-praise, mockery, obscenity, backbiting and bearing false witness.
25. Anger, Hatred & Envy (Dhamm al-Ghadab wa'l-Hiqd wa'l-Hasad) Discusses rightful and egotistical anger, and the forms of ugly dislike and envy of others and their good fortune, stressing the value of mildness and the forgiveness of others.
26. On Worldliness (Dhamm al-Dunya) The world is Allah's creation, and as such is a sign of His goodness. But human beings all too easily love it for its own sake, and gorge themselves on pleasures which are of no benefit to their spiritual and moral lives. The result is a heart filled with stress and jealousy, rather than serene gratitude.
This series also features an interview with Serigne Cheikhouna Lo N'Gabou, director of the Ibrahim Lo Foundation for Islamic Education in Touba, Senegal and author of several books, including the major Wolof translation of the Qur'an. He is a direct descendent of Shaykh Ahmadou Bamba and an authority on the history of Islamic literature in Senegal.
The Qur'anic recitation for this series was by Qari Djibril Ndaw.
About Imam Al-Ghazali
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 Speaker
The lectures are by Sidi Muhammad Adeyinka Mendes. Born in the United States in 1975, Muhammad embraced Islam after a life-changing journey to Israel in 1992 and has studied in America, Syria, Mauritania and Nigeria.
He currently serves as an imam and instructor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the Risala Institute in Atlanta.