Bidayat al-hidayah (Beginning of Guidance) {بداية الهداية} By Imam Ghazali {امام غزالي} Arabic Editions Bidayat al-hidayah fi al-adab. Bidayat al Hidayah was written by Abū Ḥāmid Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad al- Ghazālī during his last days. It is a guidebook describing the principles of getting . بداية الهداية ويليه: عقيدة الإمام الغزالي. BIDAYAT AL-HIDAYAH + ‘AQIDAT AL- IMAM AL-GHAZZALI. AUTHOR. Imam Hujjat al-Islam Muhammad al-Ghazzali (d.

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Thus if you see a child, you should say, ‘This person has not disobeyed God, but I have disobeyed; so he is undoubtedly better than I. You know that you remain here for only a small period of time — perhaps there remains only a single day of your allotted span of life, perhaps only a single breath. Umar Ibn Khaldun, ‘Abd al-Rahman b. Preparutioti for uli other ritual prayers following the most excellent methods is the subject-matter of the present chapter. See Muslim, Sahih, Musafirin,ff.

There is one thing which, if you reflect on it, will prevent you from backbiting the Muslims.

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It also contains at the end of the book a short treatise that serves as a set of his beliefs or what the imam considers the fundamentals of orthodox belief in Islam. It is entitled Prostration as-Sajda. These sins and their evil results are descnbed here. The excellence ofthis time is like that of al-hidajah time before sunrise. Or he may be ‘above Standard’ literally, ‘making a profit’namely, when of his own will, he does good works which draw man near to God, and supererogatory religious duties.

Anas may God al-hidaya pleased with him!

I also beseech You for Your mercy by which I may receive the privilege of Your regard in this world and in the Hereafter. Dar Nur as-Sabah Syria. One who is at this stage of guidance associates with other people and also needs guidance for his association with them.

You should not waste your time, doing at each hour only that which you happen to do by chance. The fourth excellent way [of passing the time from sunrise to the declining of the sun] is that, if you are unable to perform the aetivities just mentioned, busy yourseif acquring the necessities of life for yourseif or for your family, in such a way that [a] no Muslim suffers any harm from you nor has anything to fear from your tongue or your hand, 78 and [b] that your religious nature has remained sound since you have not committed any sin.

Then stand up and perform four rak’as following the decline of the sun. Someone said, “May he enjoy Paradise! Do not shake your hands much so as to splash the water. When you have completed the acquisition of really useful know- ledge and have also completed the task of reforming yourseif outwardly and inwardly, and you still have some free time, there is no harm in spending it in the study of the schools of Islamic jurisprudence in order to know the less common details with regard to the acts of devotion to God, and the method of mediation between men when the following of passions leads them into quarrel.


Some other authorities maintain that one who has not performed ablution has to utter them three times; and one who has already performed it. Only the first part of this formula is cited in al-Makki’s Al-hodayah, II, Glory be to Him Who is clothed and adorned with glory!

Ali these should be your distinctive characteristics in all your days and nights, for they ibdayat the rules of companionship with a Com- panion Who does not leave you [at all], whereas [your companions from among] people sometimes leave you. That which is made lawful in Islam is of many alhidayah. Worship of God with sincerity is stressed in at least twenty-two verses of the Qur’an. Guard bidsyat eye against three or four things – from looking at women other than those whom it is unlawful for you to marry according to Islamic religious law; from looking lustfully at a beauti- ful form; from looking at a Muslim with a look of contempt; and from perceiving faults in a Muslim.

Make the water reach the bendings of the body and the roots of the hair, both thin and thick. If you have not yet performed ablution or do not want to do so.

Satan is always trying to entice fools to evil presented in the guise of good. By this second way also you will be among those who will achieve success in the Hereafter. You are not required to be certain about the unknown inner nature of things; rather you are required to guard from that which you know to be made forbidden in Islam or that which you assume to be so on the basis of indications actually present and which by analogy imply unlawfulness. So every Muslim at the beginning of his guidance must get rid of these three at least.

His contribution to Islam is only next to that of the Prophet himself. Thus the Prophet may peace he upon him!

Bidayat al Hidayah by Imam al Ghazali

Al-Makki Qut, II, has also cited this formula in its entirety. On completion of this inward aspect, one will obtain knowledge through mystical intuition. Satiety hardens the mind, impairs intelligence and weakens the Qur’an 4: Jesting, Ridiculing and Mocking Guard your tongue against jesting, ridiculing and mocking Muslim, Sahih, Ashriba, f. It is for this Qur’an One who cannot do this well should read the Sura of Sincerity many times and supplicate many times for blessing on the Messenger of God may God bless him and greet him!

The beginning of guidance is in respect of man’ s dealings with God by performing His commands and avoiding His prohibitions.

To facilitate the reading, some expressions based on the original are put between round brackets. Late-afternoon Prayer and the Evening Prayer read one of the medium suras, e.

Flee from them as you flee from a lion. They stand before Him, bearing witness to Him of the good deed al-hidayau purely for God exalted is He! When you have completed the responses to the man who makes the call to ritual prayer, supplicate: One is backbiting, for by this people can understand [the fault of the man of whom you are speaking].

God, grant me light in my mind, light in my grave, light in my ears, light in my eyes, light in my hair, light in my skin, light in my flesh, light in my blood, light in my bones, light before me, light behind me, light to right of me, light to left of me, light above me, and light beneath me.

Surely you would loath such anact. The rules of companionship with God are: Or with regard to them he may occupy the position of scorpions, snakes and harmful beasts of prey, from which men expect no good, while fearing the evil they may cause. If you are unable to reach the high grade of the angels at least take care not to fail from the grade of the lower animals and inanimate objects to the rank of scorpions, snakes and beasts of prey.

Then the keeper angel entrusted there says, ‘Stop and with this deed strike the face of its doer, for through this deed he sought worldly honour; my Lord has commanded me not to allow his deed to pass beyond me, for he used to boast of his deed among his associates; [35] I am the angel in charge of boasting. So at the time of waking, supplicate: