Al-Ghazali on Disciplining the Soul and on Breaking the Two Desires: Books XXII and XXIII of the Revival of the Religious Sciences (Ihya' 'Ulum ... (The Islamic Texts Society's Ghazali Series) Paperback – 31 Dec 1995
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As such he is regarded as the 'renewer' of the 5th Muslim Century and to quote the author 'the most influential thinker of medieval Islam'.
He provides a moral framework in this book for clean living that today finds form in many contemporary Sufi Masters writings. The essential thrust of this work is to lay open the anatomy of human weakness, the observations of which are as relevant today as they were in the 11 century when this treatise was written. Fundamentally mans weaknesses boil down to gluttony and sexual desire, out of the lack of disciplining these two urges, spring forth all the manifestations of depravity and moral degeneration.
The greatest mortal vice is gluttony of the stomach- the primer for sexual voraciousness and the provider of fuel for lusting after fame and wealth. Hence in Islamic thought, the great importance attached to fasting, as a means for consciously weakening these base urges, all of which find their well spring in gustatory greed. Al Ghazali does not forbid eating, but advocates moderation, the practice of sharing, and putting the needs of one companions ahead of oneself- this etiquette of feeding being a schooling in higher minded values way beyond the simple practice of eating.
This is a well written and highly readable book, interesting from a historical view and a spiritual view for people of any religious or spiritual tradition. It is stuffed with observations on spiritual shades of character that are simply not found in this detail in any other traditions writings that i can think of.Read more ›
Food - sexual desires - anger
Consider that if you control your desire for food, you will consequently control your desire for sex. Fahsha will decrease, as explained by the Qur'an itself - fasting has been prescribed so that people may control themselves, among a variety of other reasons, the biggest of which is that Allah swt commanded it, therefore, it is to be. Now consider this link: When you can control your lusts - you can control your anger, because the one who controls the former, acts as a human being - we were honoured by Allah swt to be created as humans. Then, anger is also easily controlled.
Therefore...control your food! Perfect your salah...and your deen will be yours, as will jannah
May the Lord of the Worlds give all of us, each of us hidayat and grant us jannah Ameen
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A practical guide for anyone wanting to improve their connection with The Creator. A thought provoking book for Muslims as well as non-Muslims. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Zaineb
must read for every aspirant to the path of self discipline and self realizationPublished 22 months ago by Watz
Although this is a excerpt of the revival of religious sciences, it is truly amazing. I would RECOMMEND ANYONE to do read this book!!!Published on 23 Nov. 2013 by Akhtar Hussain
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