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Ghazali’s The Beginning of Guidance (Bidayat al-Hidaya)

Complete Arabic Text with Facing English Translation

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Ghazali’s The Beginning of Guidance (Bidayat al-Hidaya)

Complete Arabic Text with Facing English Translation

Imam Ghazali’s Bidayat al-Hidaya (The Beginning of Guidance) 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.

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Imam Ghazali’s 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 Ghazali’s final works, it embodies a lifetime of learning, experience, and spirituality and can be taken as an introduction to his larger works.

This translation published for the first time with facing Arabic text also includes many notes and transliteration for the supplications contained within.

An excellent translation of an important book on the fundamentals of Muslim piety and etiquette. With an accessible English translation alongside the original Arabic text, this introductory work will be useful for readers interested in exploring the realities of Islamic piety, students of Arabic and educators alike.

Jonathan AC Brown

University of Washington

This welcomed translation provides Ghazali’s manual The Beginning of Guidance (Bidayat al-Hidaya) to serious students, seekers, and scholars and combines contemporary fluency with respect for sacred Islamic tradition.

Marcia Hermansen

Loyola University, Chicago

Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali

Abu Hamid ibn Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Tusi al-Shafi’i al-Ghazali (or al-Ghazzali) was born in 450/1058, in Tus (located in present-day Iran). He studied under the great theologian and jurist Imam al-Haramayn al-Juwayni (478/1085) and produced a number of texts on Islamic law and theology. At the age of 34 he accepted a position as rector and professor of the Nizamiyya College in Baghdad. He remained busy teaching, refuting heresies, and responding to questions from all segments of the community. During this period he produced the celebrated works The Objectives of the Philosophers (Maqasid al-Falasifa), followed by The Incoherence of the Philosophers (Tahafut al-Falasifa), in which he strongly challenged Peripatetic philosophy. Thereafter, facing a personal spiritual crisis, Imam Ghazali abruptly left his position and spent the next ten years in or between the cities of Damascus, Makka, Madina, and Jerusalem. During this period, he wrote the seminal Revivification of the Religious Sciences (Ihya’ ‘Ulum al-Din), a grand work of forty books outlining the significance and wisdom underlying the practices of Islam. At this point, Imam Ghazali returned to teaching in Nishapur and finally in his birth place of Tus, leaving a legacy of works that synthesized jurisprudence, philosophy, theology, and sufism. Imam Ghazali died in 505/1111 in Tus and in short time was recognized as the reviver (mujaddid) of the century, celebrated ever since among Muslims as the Proof of Islam (Hujjat al-Islam).

Weight 0.3 kg
Dimensions 22.7 × 15.2 × 1.3 cm
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Dimensions

6" x 9"

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ISBN

978-1-933764-06-1

Pages

176

Pub. Date

July 2010

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M.A.
Amazing book

Shipment came on time and there was no damage. The book its self is amazing, a book with real applicable advice in terms of your daily routine and dua’s from the proof of Islam. Highly recommend for any one who wants to go on the spiritual path

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Y.Z.
One of my favorite islamic books

My opinion is nothing but positive for imam Ghazali's this work. It covers broad list of topics from different aspects of a person's life, such as rituals, purity of the heart, family, friendship relations etc. Definitely recommend for everyone!

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M.A.
A Must Have

Really really good book.

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M.H.
Great book!!

MashaAllah the service was great and the delivery arrived really quick. The order was correct and love the book!!! Jazak-Allahu-Khairan

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M.A.a.
Ghazali’s The Beginning of Guidance (Bidayat al-Hidaya)

I would wholly recommend this book for those wanting to deepen their practice in Islam. The content of this brief manual regarding essential outward and inward fundamentals in Islam is indispensable for those seeking to draw nearer to Allah Most High. This text is very well translated, and both the Appendix and Notes are extremely useful and informative. Perhaps, one might even augment their knowledge of Arabic by means of the interfacing Arabic text provided. May Allah perpetually ennoble the author, bless the translator, grant success to the publisher, and expand the goodness of all those who had anything to do with producing this text.

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R.S.R.
Beautiful Rendition

White Thread Press has produced a aesthetically beautiful print of Imam Ghazali’s Bidayatul Hidayah with a easy to read translation to match. I am thoroughly enjoying reading from this book and there are many shuyukh who use this particular version for their lecture series that you can benefit from.

I highly recommend you get yourself a copy to begin your journey!

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Fantastic Book & superb print quality

Fantastic Book & superb print quality

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Bidayat al-Hidayah

Masha Allah a great service by white thread press in publishing this beneficial work by Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali. I really appreciate the task of clarifying the Hanafi position on fiqhi matters as that really helps when we are reading this work at home. It is also pleasing to see the Arabic text has been included in the print, however I have observed that the translation (at times) includes those passages which I could not find in the actual text of the Dar al-Minhaj print, rather it has been taken from the footnotes.

Lastly, the print is good quality as always and easy to use.

May Allah accept this task and enable white thread press to continue publishing such gems. Aameen

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T.B.o.G.
For Everyone to Benefit

Easy to follow and understand.
Motivates action :)

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Great print, good work by publishers

This book is a must have for any student of knowledge! The print and typesetting is very accurate and professionally done unlike the many islamic publishers in our times who produce embarrassingly poor prints. The addition of harakat on all the words means that this is great reading practice for students of Arabic. My only complaint would be perhaps that they should of proofchecked the placement of the harakat thus making a perfect book.

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