Al-Ghazali on Intention, Sincerity and Truthfulness

Anthony F Shaker

The 37th chapter of the Revival of Religious Sciences, this treatise focuses on the subject of intention—which is of crucial importance in Islam—posing questions such as How can someone ignorant of the meaning of intention verify his own intention? How can someone ignorant of the meaning of sincerity verify his own sincerity? and How can someone sincerely claim truthfulness if he has not verified its meaning?

  • Hardback, Paperback
  • 9781903682791
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Renowned theologian-mystic Abu Hamid al-Ghazali addresses these questions by expounding the reality and levels of intention, sincerity, and truthfulness and the acts which affirm or mar them. Al-Ghazali links sincere and truthful intention with the heart and calls it ‘the spirit of action’. As in all his writings, al-Ghazali bases his arguments on the Qur’an, the example of the Prophet, and the sayings of numerous scholars and Sufis. As relevant today as it was in the 11th century, this discourse will be of interest to anyone concerned with ethics and moral philosophy.

Al-Ghazali on Intention, Sincerity & Truthfulness is essential reading for all readers seeking a deeper insight into their thoughts and actions and into the integrity of their intentions. It will also be of interest to all those concerned with ethics and the principles that underlie the choices we make.