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Abu hamid al-Ghazali discusses the fundamentals and inner meanings of the pilgrimage, including its pillars, preconditions, and obligations. The book begins with an introduction on the merits of the pilgrimage and its rewards. Al-Ghazali explains the Qur'anic statement announcing the pilgrimage: And proclaim to the people the pilgrimage; they will come to you on foot and on every lean camel; they will come from every distant pass—that they may witness benefits for themselves and mention the name of God on known days over what He has provided for them of [sacrificial] animals.
About the Author
Abdurrahman Fitzgerald has been involved in education and the study of Arabic, Islam, and Sufism for the past thirty years, holding degrees from the University of California and Shenandoah University, Virginia, and is the director of the Center for Language and Culture in Marrakesh. He co-translated Ibn al-Qayyim on the Invocation of God (Islamic Text Society, 2000) and edited and annotated Denys Johnson-Davies’s translation of al-Ghazali’s Kitab adab al-akl (Islamic Texts Society, 2000), as well as Dr. Kenneth Honerkamp’s edition ofal-Rasa ‘il al-kubra by Ibn ‘Abbad (Dar al-Machreq, 2005).
“Al-Ghazali is without doubt the most remarkable figure in all Islam.”—T.J. DeBoer
“. . . A man who stands on a level with Augustine and Luther in religious insight and intellectual vigor.”—H.A.R. Gibb
“I have to some extent found, and I believe others can find, in the words and example of al-Ghazali a true ihya? . . .”—Richard J. McCarthy, S.J.
“The Ihya ulum al-din is a marvelous book containing a wide variety of Islamic sciences intermixed with many subtle accounts of Sufism and matters of the heart.”—Ibn Kathir (d. 774/1373)
“The Ihya ulum al-din is one of best and greatest books on admonition, it was said concerning it, ‘if all the books of Islam were lost except for the Ihya' it would suffice what was lost.’”—Hajji Khalifa Katib Celebi (d. 1067/1657)
“The Ihya [ulum al-din] is one of [Imam al-Ghazali’s] most noble works, his most famous work, and by far his greatest work’”—Muhammad Murtada l-Zabidi (d. 1205/1791)