Al-Ghazali, David B. Burrell, Nazih Daher Paperback Al- Maqsad al-Asna fi Sharh Asma’ Allah al-Husna Taking up the Prophet’s teaching that. four chapters it speaks of the “most beautiful names” of God. The verses in question . of the meanings of the ninety-nine names of God which are included ar- al-Basir, al-Hakam, al-Hasib, ar-Raqib, al-Hakim, al-Majid, ash-Shahid, al- Wakil. Al-Ghazali on the Ninety-Nine Beautiful Names of God by Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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By buying this product you can collect up to 63 loyalty nineth-nine. In this work, here presented in a complete English edition for the first time, the problem of knowing God is confronted in an original and stimulating way.

The minimum purchase order quantity for the product is 1. On Knowledge Of The Unique Although some of the book is rigorously analytical, the author never fails to attract the reader with his profound mystical and ethical insights, which, conveyed in his sincere and straightforward idiom, have made of this book one of the perennial classics of Muslim thought, popular among Muslims to this day. A Selection from the Table of Contents. Now, a brother in God—great and glorious—to answer whom is a religious duty, has asked me to elucidate the meanings of the most beautiful names of God.

His questions were incessant, and made me take one step forward and another backward, hesitating between heeding his inquiry and so satisfying the duty of brotherliness, or declining his request by following the way of caution and deciding not to venture into danger, for human powers fall far short of attaining this goal.

How else could it be? For two things deter a discerning person from plunging into such a sea. First oh all, the matter itself represents a lofty aspiration, difficult to attain and uncertain of accomplishment.

For it is at the highest summit and represents the farthest of goals, such that nimety-nine are bewildered by it and the sight of intellects falls far short of its principles, not to mention its farthest reaches. How could human powers follow the way of investigation and scrutiny regarding the divine attributes?

Al Ghazali The Ninety Nine Beautiful Names Of God

Can the eyes of bats tolerate the light of the sun? Now weaning creatures from their habits and familiar beliefs is difficult, and the threshold of truth is too exalted to be broached by all or to be sought after except by lone individuals. The nobler the thing sought after the less help there is. Whoever mixes with people is right to be cautious; but it is difficult for one who has seen the truth to pretend not to have seen it.


For one who does not know God—great and glorious— silence is inevitable, while for one who knows God most high, silence is imposed. So it is said: But the sincerity of the original request, together with its persistence, overcame these excuses. So I asked God—great and glorious—to facilitate what is right and be liberal in rewarding by His graciousness and His benevolence and His abundant generosity; for He is the liberal and generous One, indulgent to His servants.

We have seen fit to divide the discussion in this book into three parts. Part One will treat preliminary and introductory matters; Part Two, goals and objectives; Part Three supplementary and complementary matters.

The chapters of the first part will consider the goals in an introductory and preparatory way, while the chapters of the third part are attached to them namess as to complement and complete them. But the core of what we are seeking is contained in the middle part. Furthermore, 4 it explains about a single name which has two meanings: Finally, 5 it explains how man shares in the meaning of each of the names of God—great and glorious.

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The third part explains 1 that the names of God most high exceed the ninety-nine by divine instruction, and explains 2 how it is permissible to describe God most high by whatever may qualify Him even if no permission or divine instruction be found—so long as it is not prohibited.

Finally, it explains 3 the advantage of the enumeration and specification of the one hundred-minus-one names.

In the history of the Saints of Islam, Shaikh Abd al-Qadir stands out as being unique, in the broad scope of perfection that includes his lineage, his complete development, beautifyl, knowledge of the religion and adherence to the Sacred Law Shariahis intimate and direct knowledge of the Divine, and his establishment by the Lord of All the Worlds at the level of Reality Haqiqa.

Shaikh ‘Abd al-Qadir lived almost a thousand years ago, but his words transcend the time and place in which they were recorded to span the centuries without difficulty. Revered to this day as the supreme spiritual helper al-Ghawth al-A’zam the Shaikh addresses his audience at a level that bypasses the heart and mind.


His discourses are justly ranked among the most beautiful oratory the world has ever known. He is justly described as a “towering figure” in the history of Islam. He was born in the Iranian town of Tus, studied Islamic law nonety-nine theology at the Seljuq college in Nishapur, and became a distinguished professor at the famous Nizamiyya University in Baghdad.

Despite his glittering success, he was inwardly dissatisfied, so he abandoned his career for the life of hardship, abstinence and devotion to worship. During ten years of wandering, he experienced a spiritual transformation, in which the Truth came to him at last, as something received rather than acquired.

Al-Ghazali on the Ninety-nine Beautiful Names of God by Abu Hamid al-Ghazali

Blessed with an inner certainty, he then applied his outstanding faculties and vast learning to the task of beautifuo the whole Islamic tradition. Through his direct personal contacts, and through his many writings, he showed how every element in that tradition could and should be turned to its true purpose.

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Notify me when available. Send to a friend Al-Ghazali on the Ninety-nine Beautiful Names of God In this work, here presented in a complete English edition for the first time, the problem of knowing God is confronted in an original and stimulating way.

Related The Pure Intention: A Selection from the Table of Contents 1. Aim of The Book: In the Name of God the Infinitely Good, the Merciful Praise be to God, alone in His majesty and His might, and unique in His sublimity and His everlastingness, who clips the wings of intellects well short of the glow of His glory, and who makes the way of knowing Him pass through the inability to know Him; who makes the tongues of the eloquent fall short of praising the beauty of His presence unless they use the means by which He praises Himself, and use His names and attributes which He has enumerated.

And may blessings be upon Muhammad, the best of His creatures, and on his companions and his family.

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