The Ghazali Children's Project

Al-Ghazali: The Mysteries of the Pilgrimage for Young People (Incl. Teachers Manual & Companion Storybook)

NOW OUT! The 7th volume in the Ghazali Children’s Series! This magnificently illustrated 9×11 full color hardback (272 pp) includes not only a complete curriculum as part of its Parent Teacher Manual, but also a delightful companion storybook, “Secrets of the Hajj”, for the very young.

Imam al-Ghazali’s book on the Mysteries of the Pilgrimage (Book 7 of the Ihya Ulum al-Din) sums up the essential inner provisions that must be part of everyone’s life journey, whether on this parallel great pilgrimage or not. While conveying the deeper significance and spirit of the Hajj rites, this work highlights teachings which not only strengthen character but provide the entire family with a firm foundation for spiritual growth.

The Secrets of Hajj for Children


“This work is nothing less than a revolution in developing humane, ethical, and committed Muslim youth. Imam al-Ghazali is the “Proof of Islam”, and these teachings, presented in a beautiful life-affirming way, will prove to be a major shift in the way Islam is taught to young people, who are in desperate need of guidance in today’s confusing times. As a community, we owe much to Fons Vitae for bringing them to fruition. Let the transformation begin! – Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Hanson

Product Description

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Table of Contents
A Word from the Publisher 5
Introduction to Imam al-Ghazali’s The Mysteries of the Pilgrimage for Young People by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf 7
Prelude 17

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Chapter One: Last Meetings 21
Chapter Two: Insights from Imam al-Ghazali 27
Chapter Three: The Black Stone and Our Agreement with God u 31
Chapter Four: The Voice Between the Ka‘ba and the Kiswah 37
Chapter Five: Those Who Ask to Be Returned to This World 41
Chapter Six: Some Rules of Conduct 45
Chapter Seven: Practicing Dying 49
Chapter Eight: The Final Teachings at the Last Gathering 55
Chapter Nine: The Departure at Last! 61
Chapter Ten: Entering the State of Ihram Upon Reaching the Station of Miqat 69
Chapter Eleven: Arriving in the Holy Land 73
Chapter Twelve: The Meaning of the Vehicle That Would Carry Them to Mecca 77
Chapter Thirteen: The Entrance into Mecca and the First Sight of the Ka‘ba 81
Chapter Fourteen: Entering the Sacred Sanctuary 85
Chapter Fifteen: The Black Stone and the Kiswah 89
Chapter Sixteen: The Tawaf and the Ka‘ba – Walking Around the Ka‘ba Seven Times 93
Chapter Seventeen: Reaching the Door of the Ka‘ba 97
Chapter Eighteen: The Place of Ibrahim 101
Chapter Nineteen: Running the Course (Sa‘i) Between Mounts Safa and Marwa 105
Chapter Twenty: Setting Out for the Camp at Mina 111
Chapter Twenty-One: The Tent City at Night 115
Chapter Twenty-Two: The Day of Arafat 119
Chapter Twenty-Three: Muzdalifa 125
Chapter Twenty-Four: The Return to the Ka‘ba 131
Chapter Twenty-Five: Visiting Medina, the City of Light 137
Chapter Twenty-Six: Visiting the Prophet s 141
Chapter Twenty-Seven: Other Important Visits 145
Chapter Twenty-Eight: The Return: The Duties of the Heart 149

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Teacher’s Manual p. 155
Each lesson plan includes a chapter summary, core teaching, a Quranic or Hadith reference, questions and discussion topics for both age groups of 7-11 and 12 years through the teens. Supportive activities are provided for each group. For a PDF download, see:

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The Secrets of Hajj for Children p. 211
by Enabah Seda
A special addition for younger children has been included for the first time in our Ghazali Series – an interactive companion story book with a wonderful variety of activities. This story has also been narrated and recorded by Ghazali mother and educator Um Zayd, Senior Education Professional, Germany. For the free AUDIOBOOK and FLIPBOOK version see:

Illustrations by Ithar Abusheikha


The Imam Ghazali Children's Series is a gift to our children who deserve a pedagogy of Islam that allows them to develop the innate goodness which God has placed within each human being so they can become moral, kind and happy adults
Professor Ingrid Mattson
SubhanAllah what an inspiring and moving video! May Allah ﷻ bless the tireless efforts of our beloved Gray Henry and the entire Fons Vitae team! The Imam Ghazali children’s series is precisely the type of resource that every Muslim child should have access to to help them learn all of the principle and essential qualities of Prophetic comportment (tarbiya, akhlaq, and adab, i.e., emotional intelligence). Please look into this invaluable project now!
Hosai Mojaddidi
In today’s modernist world where religion has been stripped of its essential beauty, the need for the Alghazali children’s Project cannot be overstated. Children in th eMiddle East increasingly suffer from the loss of traditional teachings that foster a positive Muslim identity and world-view. The unfortunate state of school curricula pertaining to Islam in the Arab world is one where the shell of religion is taught while its beautiful kernel, the foundation of which is mercy, is discarded. This approach to teaching religion, leaves children in a vulnerable and confused state where they are prone to take extreme positions. Parents across the Middle East are at a loss as to how to teach their children about Islam and are desperately looking for guidance and material that will help them raise productive, ethical and humane adults. the Al-Ghazali Children’s Project provides parents and children with that vital material. Any spiritual curricula must tap into the wisdom of traditional Islam to assist in this challenging era. It is time to return to traditional modes of learning that center around vertical, contemplative reflection that engages the whole personality, namely the intellect and the heart. The Al-Ghazali Children’s project curricula provides the material that will assist parents and children embark on that beautiful journey of the heart towards light and illuminating knowledge.
Aya K. Abuhassan, Jordan
After reading the children storybooks and workbooks, my years of worrying about how to teach my children (without persistently nagging them) to be ethical and socially responsible in their actions and their intentions, has been put to ease, God willing. I must also be truthful and let you in on a secret: Sadly, I believe my soul is in more of a need for The Al-Ghazali Children series books even more so than my own children. It is honestly hard to describe what I do feel since reading the books. If I could, then I would say that my inner conscience is suddenly and constantly talking to me, whether it is reminding me of my responsibilities as a mother or of being more cautious of my thoughts and intentions. Whatever it is, I know I could feel my faith increasing.
Noura Elbekkahi, Sydney, Australia.