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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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FOTNA REDA
The Beginning of Guidance

Absolutely essential for any Muslim

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Fawzia Ali
Absolutely the best book I’ve read in a long time

You done know what your missing out on. Get this ASAP. Wish I came across it sooner

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Ibn Shakir
Indispensable

From the very first chapter, the book grabs your mind and feels like you are looking at a mirror. It feels you are actually sitting with the great Imam and he is talking to you. The advises given are truly beneficial.

Edition is superb. Typography, paper quality are excellent. I wish it was a hardback, but not an issue.

Highly recommend to buy the book and read it multiple times.

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Bilal
An amazing publication with a great translation

The original arabic being right beside the english text allows one to immediately learn the prayers taught.
the additional notes in the back also adds amazing insight and clarity to some of the points made by Imam Al-ghazali.

thank you to White thread press and Dr. Mashhad Al-Allaf for this beautiful work.

Additionally, thank you for the protective cover over the books and the free bookmarks :)

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A.
Alhamdulilah very beneficial

Alhamdulilah it was a smooth process purchasing the book and quick delivery. Alhamdulilah it has been so beneficial to read and study this with a teacher. I know inshaAllah it is a book to keep going back to over and over

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Ahmed Desai
Beginning of Guidance (Bidayat al-Hidaya

Alhumdulillah.
A book filled with immense wisdom, and practical knowledge. May Allah SWT Reward Whitethread Press immensely for publishing this book and many others in the English language. May Allah SWT accept your efforts, Ameen.

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Saba Bodi
The Beginning of Guidance

Came in time , a great read, have already been recommending it to family and friends. Thanks for your service.

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Mohammad Ahmed
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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Yerassy Zhassuzakhov
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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Muhammad Al-Ghazali
A Must Have

Really really good book.

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