Imam Ghazalis Bidayat al-Hidaya is a highly motivational manual detailing the fundamentals of acquiring guidance through God-consciousness (taqwa). Imam Ghazali argues that just as there is an end to this noble objective there is also a beginning to it, which must be made firm for one to achieve success. He then goes on to expound the fundamentals of this ‘beginning.’ While being concise and to-the-point the manual is laid out in the form of a detailed daily timetable providing the reader strong inspiration and much heart-rending counsel. The three sections of this book are on obedience, refraining from disobedience, and the etiquette of companionship with the Creator and with creation. One of Imam Ghazalis final works, it embodies a lifetime of learning, experience, and spirituality and can be taken as an introduction to his larger works.
As characteristic of all the writings of Imam al-Ghazali, the Beginning of Guidance (Bidayatul Hidaya) has a sense of immediacy and urgency. It forces you to take stock of your spiritual situation and to take steps to remedy the diseases of the heart today. Not tomorrow, not next week. Today.
This translation published for the first time with facing Arabic text also includes many notes and transliteration for the supplications contained within.
Translated by Mashhad Al-Allaf, Revised and Edited by Mufti Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf.
About the author
The Proof of Islam Imam Abu Hamid Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Ghazali (d. 1111) jurist, legal theorist, logician, theologian, and mystic was a master of both the outer and inner sciences of the Shariah who is regarded by many as the greatest Muslim thinker to have lived after the Pious Predecessors. Credited with dealing the deathblow to Aristotelian philosophy in the Muslim world and bringing authentic Islamic spirituality into the mainstream, his life and thought were extremely influential in shaping the spiritual values and practices of medieval society and are no less relevant today.