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Al-Ghazali on Islamic Guidance

Guidance (hidayat) at the path to God and piety (taqwa) are emphasized in the Qur’an. Al-Ghazali (d. 1111 A.D.), the greatest Muslim intellectual and sufi of all times, teaches that these two Qur’anic ideals have a beginning and an end, an outward aspect and an inward, and that no one can reach the end except […]

  • Al-Ghazali
  • Research Publications, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 1979
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Al-Ghazali on Islamic Guidance
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    Guidance (hidayat) at the path to God and piety (taqwa) are emphasized in the Qur'an. Al-Ghazali (d. 1111 A.D.), the greatest Muslim intellectual and sufi of all times, teaches that these two Qur'anic ideals have a beginning and an end, an outward aspect and an inward, and that no one can reach the end except after completing the beginning. What the beginning part is and how to acquire it, are described in al-Ghazali's book Bidayat al-Hidaya, translated into English with introduction, running commentary and notes by Prof. Dr. M.A. Quasem under the title Al-Ghazali on Islamic Guidance.

    In this book guidance is identified with piety. The beginning of guidance or piety is described as (1)proper performance of the acts of worship related to the body, (2)avoidance of sins, (3)observance of etiquettes of companionship with people. These three requirements are discussed. How the time from dawn to night and how the time between sunrise and the midday should be passed by one seeking to achieve the beginning part of guidance or piety are suggested in the book. What should be the correct motive of religious knowledge is also determined. The book is like a useful manual of daily life for a practicing Muslim.

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    • Al-Ghazali
    • Research Publications, Dhaka, Bangladesh
    • 1979
    • Malaysia
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