By Imam Al-Ghazali, Translated by M Abdurrahman Fitzgerald, Fons Vitae Publishing, Paperback, 93 pages
The Mysteries of the Pilgrimage (Kitab asrar al-hajj) is Book 7 of the Revival of the Religious Sciences series (Ihya ulum al-din) by Imam Al-Ghazali.
Imam Al-Ghazali discusses the fundamentals 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 Quranic 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 [Quran, 22: 27–28].
About the author:
Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali (d. 1111) was a leading scholar, jurist, and theologian of the golden age of Islam, and he remains its truest advocate in modern times. As a teacher of both inward and outward faith, he recorded these practical teachings in his forty-book compendium of Islamic knowledge.
Imam al-Ghazali was fondly referred to as the "Hujjat-ul-lslam", a Proof of Islam, is honoured as a scholar all over the world and is generally acclaimed as the most influential thinker of the Classical period of Islam.
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