Salikah: A Student’s Digest: Imam Ghazali on Sufism and the Reality of Spiritual Inspiration (SunniPath Answers)

Imam Ghazali on Sufism and the Reality of Spiritual Inspiration (SunniPath Answers)


Imam Ghazali’s Munqidh min al-Dalal (The Deliverance from Error) is one the best books I’ve ever read. A short piece, I’ve read it on multiple occasions and it’s better every time.

Imam Ghazali on Sufism and the Reality of Spiritual Inspiration (SunniPath Answers)

“…
Ten years passed in this manner. During my successive periods of
meditation there were revealed to me things impossible to recount. All
that I shall say for the edification of the reader is this: I learned
from a sure source that the Sufis are the true pioneers on the path of
God; that there is nothing more beautiful than their life, nor more
praiseworthy than their rule of conduct, nor purer than their morality.
The intelligence of thinkers, the wisdom of philosophers, the knowledge
of the most learned doctors of the law would in vain combine their
efforts in order to modify or improve their doctrine and morals; it
would be impossible. With the Sufis, repose and movement, exterior or
interior, are illumined with the light which proceeds from the Central
Radiance of Inspiration. And what other light could shine on the face
of the earth? In a word, what can one criticize in them? To purge the
heart of all that does not belong to God is the first step in their
cathartic method. The drawing up of the heart by prayer is the
key-stone of it, as the cry “Allahu Akbar’ (God is great) is the
key-stone of prayer, and the last stage is the being lost in God. I say
the last stage, with reference to what may be reached by an effort of
will; but, to tell the truth, it is only the first stage in the life of
contemplation, the vestibule by which the initiated enter…” [Read More…]

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