Al-Ghazali on the Lawful & the Unlawful Book XIV

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Part of the Ihya Ulum al Din series, it is the section that deals with the lawful and unlawful. Explore spirituality in halal and haram with Imam al Ghazali

The Book of the Lawful & the Unlawful is the 14th chapter of The Revival of the Religious Sciences, which is widely considered as the greatest work of Islamic spirituality. Written by one of the most famous of theologian-mystics of all time, The Book of the Lawful & the Unlawful is unlike other Islamic works concerned with legal issues; here, Abu Hamid al-Ghazali aims to teach his readers firstly the theory of what is lawful and what is unlawful and how to deal with dubious or ambiguous issues, and secondly how to apply the knowledge they have gained to their everyday lives. The main support for this application, especially in matters that are unclear, is caution or prudence, and Ghazali explains the degrees of prudence necessary, beginning with the prudence of the upright and ending with the prudence of the saintly. Thus the sincere practice of what is lawful and desisting from what is unlawful become integrated into one’s spiritual life.

About the Author:

Abu Hamid al-Ghazali was a medieval Muslim theologian, jurist, philosopher, and mystic. He is the most famous theologian-mystic of Islam.

Yusuf T. Delorenzo has translated numerous titles from Arabic into English, including Crisis in the Muslim Mind and Remembrance and Prayer: The Way of Prophet Muhammad.

Series: Al-Ghazali The Revival Of The Religious Sciences (Ihya Ulum Al-Din) Book 14
Author: Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali
Translated with an Introduction & Notes by: Yusuf T. Delorenzo
Publisher: ‎Fons Vitae
Language: ‎English
Paperback: 330 pages