Imam al-Ghazali, who lived in the 11th through 12th centuries of the Common Era, and who came to be known as Hujjat al-Islam, the Proof of Islam, was one of the most influential men of knowledge within Islamic History.
His Ihya uloom ad-Din, the Revival of the Religious Sciences, is widely regarded as one of the most important works of Islamic scholarship ever written.
Yet despite his fame both then and now, few know the details of the profound personal transformation and path Imam al-Ghazali’s spiritual quest for truth and reality took him.
Holding the most prestigious and position in Baghdad, Imam al-Ghazali realized the futility of the intellect and mind as a path to the Divine Presence, and actually abandoned his coveted post to seek Truth.
Imam al-Ghazali’s quest for Reality led him into the deeper dimension of Sufism, the Way of the Heart, and a deeper experience and path to knowledge.
In his work al-Munqidh min ad-Dalal, the Deliverance from Error, Imam al-Ghazali details the subtleties of his journey from falsehood to Truth and from illusion to Reality.
Imam Al-Ghazali and His Deliverance from Error
Podcast: Imam al-Ghazali and His Deliverance from Error
In this episode of Soul of Islam Radio, we discuss the personal crisis Imam al-Ghazali faced at the height of his career when he could no longer ignore the fact that the intellectual path of knowledge was not sufficing to get him nearer to Truth, Reality and the Divine Presence.
You’ll learn about the limitations of the mind upon the spiritual path, the necessity of transcending intellect and thinking and awakening to heart-based consciousness and knowing, the trap and pitfall of the attachments to knowledge and even the path itself, and the reality of the deeper dimension of Sufism in contrast with some of its modern manifestations that at times fall short of its goal and purpose of the flowering of human consciousness.Subscribe in iTunes [box]
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