Forthcoming 2019: The Book of Prophetic Ethics and the Courtesies of Living – Al-Ghazali
Translated by Dr. Adi Setia
Preface by Walead Mohammed Mosaad
Foreword by Shaykh Dato’ Dr. Afifi al-Akiti
Introduction by Shaykh Muhammad Bin Yahya al-Ninowy
This book immerses you into a beautiful collection of hadith about the Prophets’ character, manners, speech, laughter and way of being. You feel as if transported to Medina during his lifetime sitting next to him observing the beauty and nuance of his behavior in many different situations. The book recounts many examples of his forgiveness, generosity, bravery, humility and truthfulness. The stories also cover how he looked and his comportment with food and attire. As you read on and on a true full and living model of how to live and to be becomes very clear, the inner and outer sunna.
In the Book of Prophetic Ethics and the Courtesies of Living (Kitāb ādāb al‐maʿīsha wa‐akhlāq al‐nubuwwa), book twenty of the forty books which compose the Revival of the Religious Sciences (Iḥyāʾ ʿulūm al‐dīn), Abū Ḥāmid al-Ghazālī gives a full account of the customs and character of the Messenger of God, Muhammad. It is not a biography of Muḥammad (peace and blessings of God be upon him) but a roadmap for those who want to strengthen their faith, increase their knowledge and deepen their understanding of the second part of the testimony of faith, namely the first pillar of Islam.
The author details the Messenger’s noble nature and his miracles, while removing doubts regarding his message. He deals with the issue of the imitation of Muḥammad (peace and blessings of God be upon him) noting that the ultimate source of knowledge is revelation from God which comes to us through the Messenger. The revelation serves as medicine for the heart and is essential for human salvation. The messengers are the doctors of the heart whose prescriptions must be followed. They are spiritual guides for the purification of the heart and for transforming base qualities. The messengers of God are not merely sources of law that aim to govern the body; indeed they are a fount of spiritual nourishment for the soul, the heart and the mind. This volume lays clear that the aim of the imam in this Series is to call for a return to the Sunna and the imitation of the Messenger in all aspects of life. The focus is on the acts which directly influence the heart ; he provides the reader with the necessary knowledge that makes up the path leading to the Hereafter. Al-Ghazālī concludes that for him the truth and validity of the revelation is verified by the moral influence it exercises on the heart, mind and ultimately on the soul.
Abū Ḥāmid al-Ghazālī (d. 1111) was a leading sage, scholar, jurist, and theologian of the golden age of Islam, and he remains its truest advocate in modern times. As a teacher of both inward and outward faith, he recorded these practical teachings in his forty-book compendium of Islamic knowledge.