Friday Reflections 12.08.2022

Salam alaikum and Jummah Mubarak! Today, I continue my reading from the opening section of Imam Al-Ghazali's Ihya Ulum Al-Din (The Revival of the Religious Sciences), The Book of Knowledge, translated by Nabih Amin Faris (1988), pages 29-39, discussing knowledge whose acquisition is deemed fard kifayah (a religious obligation upon a Muslim community as a…Read more Friday Reflections 12.08.2022

Wisdom Lives Forever

“As to [the evidence of the value of knowledge in] the sayings of the Companions (al-āthār), Ali ibn-abi-Talib said to Kumayl, ‘O thou perfect of knowledge! Knowledge is better than riches; for knowledge guardeth thee whereas thou guardest riches. Knowledge governs while riches are governed. Riches diminish with spending but knowledge increases therewith.’ And again.…Read more Wisdom Lives Forever

Friday Reflections 12.02.2021

Salam alaikum and Jummah Mubarak! I read and discuss the chapter, “The Knowledge of this World” from the book, “The Alchemy of Happiness” by Imam Al-Ghazali, pages 29-34 in my edition of the book. In this chapter, Imam Al-Ghazali highlights the difference between needs and desires, and cautions against chasing unchecked our desires, as these…Read more Friday Reflections 12.02.2021