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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AU that is put in these two parts concerns the beginning of guidance, which is identical with the outward aspect of piety. Thus the beginning of guidance or outward piety concerns 1 acts of obedience to God, 2 sins committed by the body, and 3 good manners of association with people. In the last Witnessing, however, sit on your hip.

The most profitable way of utilizing the time between every two ritual prayers is also suggested here, To a pious Muslim, bidayatt is very important — by making the best use of it, he can achieve happiness in his eternal life.

The best of all that he will do to you is to harm you when he really intends to benefit you.

Bidayat al Hidayah by Imam al Ghazali

The Imam of his time, nicknamed Shafi’i the Second for his legal virtuosity, he was a brilliant intellectual who first studied jurisprudence at Tus, and then travelled the Islamic world, to Baghdad, Damascus, Jerusalem, Cairo, Alexandria, Mecca, and Medina, taking Sacred Knowledge from its masters, among them the Imam of the Birayat Sanctuaries al-Juwayni, with whom he studied until the Imam’s death, becoming at his hands a scholar in Shafi’i law, logic, tenets of faith, debate, and in the rationalistic doctrines of the philosophical schools of his time, which he was later called upon to refute.

Ibn al-Mubarak related, with a chain of narrators going back to a certain man, that this man asked Mu’adh: He is urged upon the performance of various forms of devotional acts as well as acts directed towards his fellow-men.

If you all-hidayah content to come down from the highest of heights at least do not be content to be hurled into the lowest of depths Perhaps you will be saved [from the punishment of the Hereafter] by the middle way where you will have neither more nor less than what suffices.

She was a prolific narrator of Tradition and a model of piety. Adam], for You have bidaywt me of fire and bidzyat created him of clay’.

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The details of how a man leads a ritual prayer in congregation and how the congregation follows him are given below. In the course of a month the great days of fasting are: Late-afternoon Prayer and the Evening Prayer read one of the medium suras, e.


When you wake up return to those activities which I have mentioned to you first of all [i. Supplicate much at the rising, declining and setting of the sun of Friday, at the call to the actual start iqama of the Friday Assembly Prayer, at the preacher’s ascending of the pulpit, and at the moment of people”s standing up for starting this ritual prayer; it is likely that the noble hours described above will be at one of these times.

Then, when you have built up the interior of your mind in piety, at that state the veil between you and your Lord will be removed; the light of intuitive knowledge will be revealed to you, the springs of wisdom will burst forth from your mind, the secrets of the world of perception and the unseen world will be very clear to you so that you will hate these new-fangled sciences of which there was no mention in the days of the Companions may God be This Tradition narrated by al-Bayhaqi and Ibn Abi d-Dunya is often quoted by great sufls like al-Ghazali Ihya’II, and al-Makki.

Then throughout the day, you must busy yourself only with those matters which will benefit you in the next life or in the present life – matters which themselves are indispensable to you and the aid of which is indispensable to the affairs of your Hereafter or this life. Various forms of praise of God adhkar and glorification of Him tasbitetand repetition of them with a rosary 3. This will help your concentration of thought and the attention of your mind.

One is backbiting, for by this people can understand [the fault of the man of whom you are speaking].

Know that sleep is like a death and waking up like Resurrection. Make your mind attentive to God and free it from all worldly suggestions. It has to be guarded against four sins.

It is stated in Tradition that prayer between the call to ritual prayer and the call to the actual start of it vidayat not rejected.

These three grades are briefly discussed in Ouasem, Ethics, pp. That which you regard as abominable in others is necessarily regarded by them as abominable in you. Other Publishers; Middle East.

So one should prohibit another from speaking by a sign, not by a word. Do not speak at all during the address. For such a man, Islam has made cleanliness easy by allowing him to use clean sand. I also beseech You for Your mercy by which I may receive the privilege of Your regard in this world and in the Hereafter.

The leaving undone is more difficult, for the acts of devotion are within the capacity of every one, but the setting aside of desires is only within the capacity of the most devout.


The time left over them should be spent by a very pious Muslim in any offour ways mentioned in this chapter. It consists ‘oftwenty-one short verses. The angels pass with it to the sixth heaven.

The obligatory acts are the capital on which trading activities are based, and it is through them that man achieves salvation [in the Hereafter]. As you are about to sleep supplicate: Why were you silent about him?

Imam Al-Ghazali’s Bidaya al-hidaya complements his spiritual autobiography, He emphasizes the importance of knowledge and using it correctly at all times. He defines piety as carrying out the commands of God and His messenger Muhammad and turning aside from all that they have prohibited. It is hoped that the book will be useful to readers of English interested in the practical aspect of Islam and in al-Ghazali. It is obligatory on Muslims.

From this sitting for rest, stand up placing your hands on the ground but not moving one foot fonvard as you rise.

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One is the leaving undone of all that is forbidden, and the other is the performance of acts of devotion to God at-ta ‘dt. Gain, therefore, mastery over it to the utmost of your ability, lest it throw you to the bottom of Hell. He replied, “Mu’adh, it is indeed easy for him for whom God makes it easy. It comprise the fundamentals of Din, Important basic issues and excellent virtues. The third excellent way [of passing the time between sunrise and the declining al-hidaya the sun] is a,-hidayah busy yourseif with aetivities which benefit Muslims and produce gladness in the minds of believers, or which facilitate righteous aetions for the righteous, e.

Bkdayat of influence is included in the “desires given reign to” [which are mentioned in a Tradition as destructive], and it is through this love that most people are destroyed.

His companions imitated him and felt no need to formu- late any theory of guidance in the light of the Qur’an and his words and deeds. If his appointed term [i. Outside these, sex is strictly forbidden in Islam and a major sin. The man practising the beginning of guidance fasts not only in the month of Ramadan but also on other great days, and seeks the perfection of his fasting which consists in, in addition to abstention from eating, drinking and sexual activity, bjdayat the body and soul from all that is disliked by God.

So you must learn them.