About The Product
During his lifetime, Imam al-Ghazali identified the principle cause of the crisis facing the Muslim world as the crisis of knowledge. In his magnum opus, the Revivification of the Religious Sciences, Imam al Ghazali opens with the Book of Knowledge (Kitāb al-‘Ilm). He explains to the seeker the different types of knowledge, the priority of learning the sacred sciences, and the roles and responsibilities of the teacher and student.
This class, taught at the 2014 Summer Rihla Program in Konya by Hamza Yusuf, provides an enlightening translation and commentary of Imam al-Ghazali’s brilliant opening chapter. We pray it serves as a means to revive the centrality of sacred knowledge in our lives.
About Imam Al-Ghazali
Imam Abu Hamid Muhammad Al-Ghazali was born in 450 AH (1058 A.D) in the Iranian town of Tus, studied Islamic law and theology at the Seljuq College in Nishapur, and became a distinguished professor at the famous Nizamiyya University in Baghdad.
Despite his glittering success, he was inwardly dissatisfied, so he abandoned his career for the life of hardship, abstinence and devotion to worship. During ten years of wandering, he experienced a spiritual transformation, in which the Truth came to him at last, as something received rather than acquired.
Blessed with an inner certainty, he then applied his outstanding faculties and vast learning to the task of revitalizing the whole Islamic tradition. Through his direct personal contacts, and through his many writings, he showed how every element in that tradition could and should be turned to its true purpose.
Imam al-Ghazzali was fondly referred to as the “Hujjat-ul-lslam”, Proof of Islam, he is honoured as a scholar and a saint by learned men all over the world and is generally acclaimed as the most influential thinker of the Classical period of Islam.
He passed away in 505 AH (1111 A.D).