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Al-Ghazali on the Remembrance of Death and the Afterlife

(The Revival of the Religious Sciences #40)

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This is the first English translation of the last chapter of Al-Ghazali's Revival of the Religious Sciences (Ihya' 'Ulum al-Din), widely regarded as the greatest work of Muslim spirituality. After expounding his Sufi philosophy of death and showing the importance of the contemplation of human mortality to the mystical way of self-purification, Ghazali takes his readers thr ...more
Paperback, 378 pages
Published January 1st 1989 by Islamic Texts Society
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Bismillah,

My verdict on this book and by extension this particular translation? Simply this: If you were only to read a few books (i.e. less than five) in your entire life make sure this is one of them!!
Take that as an imperative with the utmost urgency. This book has within its pages an intensive alchemic power to transmute base low-lifes into exalted saintly beings. Approach this text with hallowed sincerity and ye shall come to realise. A text which should be made a constant recourse and re
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Umar
Mar 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading this one this morning. Lots of great stuff I have to take notes on.

Very powerful. I mean, what can I say? There is one explanation of the Qur'anic verse: "[He] Who has created death and life, that He may test you which of you is BEST in deeds. And He is the All-Mighty, the Oft-Forgiving." (Quran, 67 v. 2) That the best of deeds is who can remember death the most and most often.

Remembering death really keeps you in check and it suffices any single person's religious lesson
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Suzane D.
Mar 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite Ghazali book. While I was reading it, and for months afterward, I would think about death every second. It gives a detailed account of how to remember death, to teach us how to use our time wisely.
Joseph Lumbard
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A model translation. This book is heavy reading, since it makes one truly reflect upon one's state before God. Proceed with caution. Nonetheless, it is very fruitful. The translation is excellent and the annotations are impeccable.
Hammad Ali
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Sometimes you come across books that change your outlook and perception of life, this has been one of those books for me. Came across it coincidentally but really thankful I did. Amazing read, and a brilliant take on everything related to death.
Asif
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Part of one of the great masterpieces of Islamic civilisation, if not THE greatest. A must-read for any serious student of Islam or human civilisation.
Suzanne  Merchant
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
On balance, I whole-heartedly recommend reading this translation: it was illuminating, useful and instructive. For myself, the highlights were mostly restricted to the first two and the final chapter which highlighted (a) why meditating on death is a spiritual necessity for every individual, (b) why many people forgo the meditation of death - based on what Ghazali terms "lengthy hopes/desires" as opposed to the merit of "short hopes" [this is the Chapter Two and it's a critical read] and what mi ...more
Ali M
Apr 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
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This book is a must read. This excellent translation by T.J. Winter makes the content very easy to read and understand.

The book's extremely detailed analysis is split in two parts.

The first part deals with life on earth, and how we can prepare for death, and the nature of death itself. It features detailed accounts on the passing of the Prophet (peace be upon him), the Caliphs, the Companions, and other peoples.

The second part deals the hereafter, the Day of Judgement, the levels of Hell, the
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Raja
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books and it will have an impact on your life.

I would go as far as that every Muslim should at least read this book of Imam Gazali RA once. It talks about the death and its stages and after life and its stages. Its talks about hell and haven in detail as well.

Its also talks about the conditions of a dying person in detail, what he's going through. What happens in the grave and its atrocities or wonders. And then how we are we going to raise up on the day of Arising. A
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Emina
Jun 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
What to say? It's very affective book!
You don't have to be religious to read it, just prepare your mind to play with your imagination, make yourself some tea and easily start to read... In the end, you'll find there very interesting things as for sure! But believing it or not, it' s a question of your will...
Ryan
Jan 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Dari bab terakhir mahakarya Sang Hujatul Islam, Ihya Ulum'addien, Al Ghazali memberikan pendekatan yang begitu menusuk sumsum tulang belakang atas hakikat sebuah kematian. Begitu hebatnya pengaruh buku ini sehingga setelah membacanya kini saya mesti berpikir : mungkin saja hari ini adalah hari terakhir saya di dunia.
Yaseen
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A book that should be read over and over again. Dr. Winter's first translation is insightful and beautiful.
Ali Demirbaş
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Her fani mutlaka okumalı ve sürekli unuttuğu ölümü hatırlamalı..
Rini Rizki
Agak berat bahasanya... cukup sulit dimengerti. Tapi tetep bagus untuk inget2 kematian.
Ndri
Jan 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
buku ini mengenai Menghidupkan kembali Ilmu-ilmu agama dan mengingat maut dan akhirat
Farhad
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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If one were to read a limited number of books in their lifetime, this should be one of them...
Dew
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Life altering book. Must read!
Marc Manley
Dec 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Like all the other books in al-Ghazali's Ihya', this book provides a number of useful points to contemplate and work off of. The translation also feels good in this edition.
Kaaronica Evans-Ware
Jul 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Unbelievable!
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Bismallah and what not.

Whatever.
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Abū Ḥāmid Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad al-Ghazālī was one of the most prominent and influential philosophers, theologians, jurists, and mystics of Sunni Islam. He was of Persian origin.

Islamic tradition considers him to be a Mujaddid, a renewer of the faith who, according to the prophetic hadith, appears once every century to restore the faith of the ummah ("the Islamic Community"). His works were so hi
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  • The Principles of the Creed (Book II of The Revival of the Religious Sciences)
  • The Mysteries of Purification (Book III of The Revival of the Religious Sciences)
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  • Al-Ghazali on the Manners Relating to Eating (Book XI of The Revival of the Religious Sciences)
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