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Al-Ghazali The Mysteries of Charity and the Mysteries of Fasting
Al-Ghazali The Mysteries of Charity and the Mysteries of Fasting

Al-Ghazali The Mysteries of Charity and the Mysteries of Fasting

Book 5 & 6 of Ihya' 'ulum al-din, The Revival of the Religious Sciences

The Fons Vitae Al-Ghazali Series

RELIGION

160 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $26.95 (US $26.95) (CA $35.95)

Publication Date: March 2019

ISBN 9781941610435

Rights: WOR X UK

Fons Vitae (Mar 2019)

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Overview

In the Mysteries of Charity and Its Important Elements (Kitab asrar al zakat wa-muhimatiha; book 5), and the Mysteries of Fasting and Its Important Elements (Kitab asrar al-iyyam wa-muhimatiha; book 6), of the forty books of the Revival of the Religious Sciences (Iya ulum al-din), Abu amid al-Ghazali explains the inner and outer meanings of charity and fasting, two pillars of worship for Muslims. These are two of the five books that deal with the inner dimensions of Islamic worship; books 3, 4, and 7 address purification, prayer, and pilgrimage, respectively. In book 5 al-Ghazali begins with a discussion of the various kinds of zakat and the conditions under which they become obligatory. He explains the manners related to zakat and its inward and outward conditions. He then discusses the recipients of zakat, who qualifies for it and in what circumstances, and the manners related to receiving it. Finally, al-Ghazali explains charity and its virtues. In book 6 al-Ghazali begins with the outward obligations and sunna elements of fasting, and what is required if the fast is broken. He explains the mysteries of fasting and its inner conditions. Finally, he discusses the voluntary fasts and their order in superogatory worship. This readable yet comprehensive work covers an array of issues from the essential outward aspects of paying charity, to the inward aspects of the state of the heart during the fast and how to humble oneself completely. As a practical, yet profound book, it is an indispensable guide for Muslims who seek a deeper comprehension of these two fundamental practices for Muslims, and for all those interested in understanding the meaning and role of charity and fasting in Islam.

Author Biography

M. Abdurrahman Fitzgerald is the director of the Center for Language and Culture, Marrakesh. He has been involved in education and the study of Arabic, Islam, and Sufism for the past thirty years. He co-translated Ibn al-Qayyim on the Invocation of God worked on the editing and annotation of Denys Johnson-Davies's translation of al-Ghazali's Kitab adab al-akl, and on Dr. Kenneth Honerkamp's edition of al-Rasa'il al-kubra by Ibn 'Abbad. Originally from California, Abdurrahman Fitzgerald and his wife migrated to Morocco in the late 1970s. Since that time, he has been involved in education and the study of Arabic, Islam, and Sufism for the past thirty years. He co-translated Ibn al-Qayyim on the Invocation of God (Islamic Text Society, 2000), worked on the editing and annotation of Denys Johnson-Davies's translation of al-Ghazali's Kitab adab al-akl (Islamic Texts Society, 2000), and also on Dr. Kenneth Honerkamp's edition of al-Rasail al-kubra by Ibn Abbad (Dar al-Machreq, 2005). Other works translated with Fouad Aresmouk include The Immense Ocean, a portion of Ibn Ajiba's Quranic commentary; The Book of Ascension, Ibn Ajiba's spiritual glossary; and a portion of the work, Two Sufi Commentaries, all published by Fons Vitae. Abdurrahman holds degrees from the University of California and Shenandoah University, Virginia, and is the director of the Center for Language and Culture, Marrakesh.

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