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Al-Ghazali on the Ninety-nine Beautiful Names of God

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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. Taking up the Prophet's teaching that 'Ninety-nine Beautiful Names' are truly predicated of God, the author explores the meaning and resonance of each of these divine names, and reveals the functions they perform both i ...more
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Published December 1st 1999 by Islamic Texts Society (first published January 1992)
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Tim
Feb 26, 2014 Tim rated it it was amazing
"it is odd that one may say: 'I know only God', and be right, and say: 'Only God - great and glorious - knows God', yet also be right". (47)

When speaking of knowledge of a divine essence that transcends everything human, we must have a method that conforms to our own level of understanding - and human levels of understanding are themselves varied and diverse according to the individual. Hence one reason the Qur'an itself is such a divine miracle, it is uniquely constructed to have multiple lev
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Wael
May 08, 2013 Wael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب قيم يشرح فيه الغزالي الأسماء الحسنى المتفق عليها شرحا سلسا و عميقافي أن واحد ... كما يفسر الغزالي معنى الإسم و الصفة والفرق بينهما وبين الإسم والمسمى حتى يتبين الخيط الأبيض من الأسود في ما يخص الحلول و الإتحاد وإنتقال الصفاة من الله إلى عبده ...
عبدالله حسن
لغة الغزالي سلسلة ولطيفة..
الكتاب ثلاث أقسام/فنون: مقدمات - شرح معنى الأسماء - خاتمة فيها مباحث أخرى (مكملات)ء
الجميل في الكتاب أنه يُتبع كل اسم بطريقة استحضاره في حياة العبد
في المقدمة تكلم عن مقدمات تتعلق بالاسم والمسمى والتسيمة والترادف بين الأسماء وما إلى ذلك
وفي المتممات تكلم عن قواعد في الأسماء والصفات: كالتشبيه وسبب حصرها في 99، وكيف تكونت هذي الأسماء والصفات...إلخ

ممكن الواحد يكتفي بالقسم الثاني وبعض المباحث الأخرى لطيفة

يعيب الكتاب عدم استقرائه وتتبعه للاسم في القرآن
وهو صغير الحجم نسبيا
عبدُ الرَّحمن
مفيد. وإن كان معقدًا ولكنه يفتح البصائر أمام أمور مهمة في الإسلام. منها أن العابد الحق لله يعبد الله لله، لا من أجل جنة أو خوفًا من نار، كما يتم تربيتنا في المدارس والمساجد، ويرسم معظم الشباب أحلامهم مع حور العين.. إلخ!

فيما يلي كلام الإمام أبو حامد الغزالي، النقاط بدل كلام شرح لم أورده في الاقتباس: "ومن طلب شيئًا لغيره لا لذاته، فكأنه لم يطلبه، فإنه ليس غاية طلبه، بل غاية طلب غيره.... من يعبد الله - عزوجل - للجنة، فقد جعل - سبحانه وتعالى - واسطة طلبه، ولم يجعله غاية مطلبه، وعلامة الواسطة أنه لو
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Umar
May 01, 2011 Umar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished reading this last night. A short read but nice nonetheless. Not many books out there that discuss the 99 Names of God in Islam and so this is one of the few. I was glad Imam Ghazali wrote this but I had a few misgivings.

The positive stuff is he tries to cover every single Name in its relation to God and sees how it can be applicable to a practicing Muslim, whether they can embody it or not- you can be generous, but can't create. Also there are some good linguistic/etymological distincti
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Kim Shively
May 06, 2013 Kim Shively rated it it was amazing
It's hard to know how to evaluate this work. I think it's the kind of work that needs several readings and a commentary.
Aidan Griff
Dec 21, 2015 Aidan Griff rated it it was amazing
Was used in studies for secondary reading.
It's great!

If you have the chance to go through the 99 names with a scholar, then do it!
Abdullah Khan
Aug 26, 2015 Abdullah Khan rated it it was amazing
Shelves:
How to read this book Plz?
Heru Be
Feb 09, 2009 Heru Be rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aqidah
Materi Asmaul Husna adalah materi yang--mungkin--cukup berat. Nah, aku mencoba membaca beberapa buku tentang Asmaul Husna, termasuk karya Al-Ghazali ini, seorang ulama yang sudah tidak asing lagi. Entah karena memang materinya, entah cara penerjemahannya, entah pula kapasitas berpikirku, buku ini belum memberikan gas hidrogen untuk meringankan materi yang sesungguhnya kuminati ini.#
Hammad Ali
Jun 22, 2012 Hammad Ali rated it really liked it
Great read, it's pretty short but a really good read nonetheless. I couldn't find the ITS translation online and I will most probably re-read it when I do but the Robert Charles Stade translation was pretty good. The book does get pretty hard at times, and it's not easy to grasp some of the concepts but over-all it's a great book.
Sarah
Nov 01, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing
A simultaneously philosophical yet practical look at the ninety-nine magnificent names of Allah. Part one is theoretical; part two makes Allah's name relevant and Ghazzali brilliantly shows us how we can make manifest each of Allah's names in our life.
Zahrah Awaleh
Dec 05, 2007 Zahrah Awaleh rated it really liked it
A really useful book because it gives the Names of Allah with a description of how it relates to Allah and then how people can manifest those Names in their lives. It is brief in this matter, but very beneficial.
Shabana
Getting through this book was difficult because the first chapter was so abstract, but once you get to the actual 99 names it gets much better...
Muhammad
Jun 18, 2007 Muhammad rated it it was amazing
This is a great book. The first half of it is very philosophical. I eventually didn't finish reading it and went straight to the second half.
Penandinkpot Uzma
Dec 30, 2012 Penandinkpot Uzma rated it it was amazing
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This book forms one of the many books on the 99 Names of my Art. Read it and read it many times. alhum.
Shifa Mohiuddin
Apr 04, 2013 Shifa Mohiuddin rated it it was amazing
key to spiritual maladies :)
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