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Sufism

Al-Ghazali – The Marvels of the Heart / Science of the Spirit -Book XXI of the Revival of the Religious Sciences

T.J. Winter
Walter James Skellie
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“This is a book which all Muslims should cherish in their personal libraries. Without it one would lose the beauty and richness of our Islamic heritage.” —Dr. Mustafa Ceric, Grand Mufti of Bosnia

Marvels of the Heart is considered to be one the key volumes of the 40-book Ihya’ ‘ulum-al Din, Revival of the Religious Sciences, one of the most read works in the Muslim world after the Qur’an, and considered by many to be the Summa Theologica of Islam. These traditional teaching stories, which use the theme of the heart as a mirror, illustrate key tenets of Islam on the requirements of religion, living in society, and the inner life of the soul.

This is a classic Sufi manual on the ‘science of the heart. Ghazali uses a series of traditional Sufi teaching stories to illustrate the theme of the heart as a mirror. The light of the divine sun can only shine in the heart when the seeker recalls the Prophet’s teaching that ‘everything has a polish, and the polish of hearts is the remembrance of God.’ Bad character traits, acquired through faulty upbringing, are like ‘a smoke which clouds the heart’s mirror’; this is the ‘heart’s rust’ mentioned in the Koran. But the one who has polished his heart is made luminous by God’s light, and brings that light to others, which is the quality of sainthood.

 

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  • 978-1-887752-31-2
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Product Description

Each heart, according to this traditional wisdom accumulated over centuries of spiritual practice and experience, possesses four qualities: predatory, animal, demonic, and divine. The latter represents our true origin and potential, and by use of the intelligence and spiritual practices enabled by God’s grace, we may restore equilibrium to our inner core. As the Koran says: ‘By the remembrance of God do hearts find peace.

About the Author

Al-Ghazali was a theologian, a logician, a jurist, and a mystic. He was the author of more than 100 books of Islamic scholarship, and is regarded by many as the renewer of the fifth Muslim century.

Walter James Skellie was a Presbyterian Minister who earned an M.A. and PhD in Arabic studies from the Hartford Seminary Foundation and served on missions in the Middle East for more than 25 years.

T. J. Winter, also known as Abdal Hakim Murad, is currently the Shaykh Zayed Lecturer of Islamic Studies at Cambridge University and the director of studies in theology at Wolfson College. Hamza Yusuf, founder of the Zaytuna Institute and the first American lecturer to teach in Morocco’s prestigious and oldest University, the Karaouine in Fes, has translated into modern English several classical Arabic traditional texts and poems.

 

 

 

 

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This is a book which all Muslims should cherish in their personal libraries. Without it one would lose the beauty and richness of our Islamic heritage.
Dr. Mustafa Ceric, Grand Mufti of Bosnia