'Work for your terrestrial life in proportion to your location in it, and work for your afterlife in proportion to your eternity in it.' This is part of the advice that the great theologian and mystic Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (1058-1111 AD) put down in his Letter to a Disciple. An old disciple of al-Ghazali had studied the Islamic sciences, including the many works of his master, for most of his life. Faced with the proximity of death, he turns again to his master this time asking for a summary of all his teachings. Letter to a Disciple is al-Ghazali's response. The emphasis in this short treatise is on religious and spiritual action and on putting into practice the knowledge that one has acquired. Letter to a Disciple can be considered as the last testament of he who is regarded as Hujjat al-Islam, the 'Proof of Islam'. This new translation is presented here as a bilingual, English-Arabic, edition.
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**A New York Times Editor's Pick****One of Time's Most Anticipated Books of 2017, a Bustle Best Nonfiction Pick for January 2017, a Chicago Review of Books Best Book to Read in January 2017, an Amazon Best of January 2017 in History, a Stylist Magazine Best Book of 2017, included in New Statesman's What to Read in 2017**From the Ambassador of the UAE to Russia comes Letters to a Young Muslim, a bold and intimate exploration of what it means to be a Muslim in the twenty-first century.In a series of personal letters to his son, Omar Saif Ghobash offers a short and highly readable manifesto that tackles our current global crisis with the training of an experienced diplomat and the personal responsibility of a father. Todayâ€™s young Muslims will be tomorrowâ€™s leaders, and yet too many are vulnerable to extremist propaganda that seems omnipresent in our technological age. The burning question, Ghobash argues, is how moderate Muslims can unite to find a voice that is true to Islam while actively and pr...
Ibn Taymiyya and his Times (Studies in Islamic Philosophy)
Manufacturer: Oxford University Press
Taqi al-Din Ibn Taymiyya (1263-1328) is one of the most controversial thinkers in Islamic history. Today he is revered by what is called the Wahhabi movement and championed by Salafi groups who demand a return to the pristine golden age of the Prophet. His writings have been a source of inspiration for radical groups to justify acts of violence and armed struggle. In order to understand the widespread present-day influence and prominence of this rather obscure medieval figure, the book, through a series of articles written by leading authorities in the field, attempts to study Ibn Taymiyya's original contributions to Islamic theology, law, Qur'anic exegesis, and political thought. The book is the first comprehensive academic treatment of Ibn Taymiyya to appear in a Western language in over half a century.
The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam (Encountering Traditions)
Manufacturer: Stanford University Press
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The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam (1930) is Muhammad Iqbal's major philosophic work: a series of profound reflections on the perennial conflict among science, religion, and philosophy, culminating in new visions of the unity of human knowledge, of the human spirit, and of God. Iqbal's thought contributed significantly to the establishment of Pakistan, to the religious and political ideals of the Iranian Revolution, and to the survival of Muslim identity in parts of the former USSR. It now serves as new bridge between East and West and between Islam and the other Religions of the Book. With a new Introduction by Javed Majeed, this edition of The Reconstruction opens the teachings of Iqbal to the modern, Western reader. It will be essential reading for all those interested in Islamic intellectual history, the renewal of Islam in the modern world, and political theory of Islam's relationship to the West.
The Muslim thinker al-Ghazali (d. 1111) was one of the most influential theologians and philosophers of Islam and has been considered an authority in both Western and Islamic philosophical traditions. Born in northeastern Iran, he held the most prestigious academic post in Islamic theology in Baghdad, only to renounce the position and teach at small schools in the provinces for no money. His contributions to Islamic scholarship range from responding to the challenges of Aristotelian philosophy to creating a new type of Islamic mysticism and integrating both these traditions-falsafa and Sufism-into the Sunni mainstream.This book offers a comprehensive study of al-Ghazali's life and his understanding of cosmology-how God creates things and events in the world, how human acts relate to God's power, and how the universe is structured. Frank Griffel presents a serious revision of traditional views on al-Ghazali, showing that his most important achievement was the creation of a new rationalist theology in which he...
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Thalaathatul-Usool: The Three Fundamental Principles [Self Study/Teachers Edition]:: A Twenty Five Part Educational Course on Islaam
Manufacturer: Taalib al-Ilm Educational Resources
A complete course for the believing men and women who want to learn their religion from the ground up, building a firm foundation upon which to base their lives, focus, and actions. This is the second in our series on Islamic beliefs and making them a reality in your life which began with â€œal-Waajibat: The Obligatory Matters.â€ This course utilizes various commentaries of Sheikh Muhammad Ibn â€˜Abdul Wahaabâ€™s original text from the following scholars of our age: - Sheikh â€˜Abdul â€˜Aziz ibn Baaz - Sheikh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-â€™Utheimeen - Sheikh Saalih Ibn Saâ€™d as-Suhaymee - Sheikh Saalih al-Fauzaaan â€“ - Sheikh Muhammad Amaan al-Jaamee - Sheikh Saalih aal Sheikh â€“ and others (in addition to various statements of scholars of the Sunnah throughout the centuries) Course Features: Thalaathatul Usool Arabic Text and English Translation Courses are divided into twenty-five lessons which discuss such vital topics as: - â€œWho is your Lord?â€ ...
The tenets of Islam cannot be grasped without a proper understanding of the Qur'an. In this important new introduction, Muhammad Haleem examines its recurrent themesÂ -- life and eternity, marriage and divorce, peace and war, water and nourishment -- and for the first time sets these in the context of the Qur'an's linguistic style. Professor Haleem examines the background to the development of the surahs (chapters) and the ayahs (verses) and the construction of the Qur'an itself. He shows that popular conceptions of Islamic attitudes to women, marriage and divorce, war and society, differ radically from the true teachings of the Qur'an.
Islamic Theological Themes: A Primary Source Reader
Manufacturer: University of California Press
Comprised of primary sources assembled from a broad chronological and geographic spectrum, Islamic Theological Themes is a comprehensive anthology of primary Islamic sacred texts in translation.Â The volume includes rare and never before translated selections, all freshly situated and introduced with a view to opening doors into the larger world of Islamic life, belief, and culture.Â From pre-theological material on the scriptural end of the spectrum, to the more practical material at the other, John Renard broadens our concepts of what counts as Â“Islamic theology,â€ situating Islamic theological literature within the context of the emerging sub-discipline of Relational/Comparative Theology. Divided into five parts, students and scholars will find this collection to be an indispensible tool.
The Qur'an: A Complete Revelation (Reference Edition - Parallel Text)
The Qur'an: A Complete Revelation sheds new and much needed light on the message of the Qur'an; light hitherto impeded by dogma originating entirely outside the Qur'anic narrative, but required by Traditionalist Islam. Traditionalist Islam claims: â€“ That the Qur'an may be understood only by reference to a later literature called the hadith â€“ That, taken together, the Qur'an and the hadith provide the foundation for what is called Islam â€“ That Islam is a religion in the sense of prescribed dogma, rite and custom â€“ That by adhering to Islam one aligns oneself with the guidance contained in the Qur'an â€“ That Islamâ€™s emphasis on a Caliphate under Sharia Law originates in the Qur'an The Qur'an: A Complete Revelation illustrates where and how such claims â€“ as well as others Traditionalist Islam makes â€“ are at unambiguous variance with the Qur'an. The Qur'an: A Complete Revelation employs a systematic method of lexical evaluation, one which accepts the ...