Imam al-Ghazali on Knowledge

October 25, 2016 Comments Off on Imam al-Ghazali on Knowledge
Imam al-Ghazali on Knowledge

Quotes from Hujjat ul-Islam, Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (rahmatullahi ‘alayhi):

  • Knowledge without action is vanity, and action without knowledge is insanity.
  • Knowledge exists potentially in the human soul like the seed in the soil; by learning the potential becomes actual.
  • Using his powers to attain to knowledge can raise him up to the ranks of Angels. Following desire he is brought down to the level of beasts.
  • Dear seeker, you will not be able to rise to carry out the commands of Allah until you monitor your heart and limbs in every moment and every breath.
  • The corruption of religions comes from turning them to mere words and appearances.

Refer to Imam al-Ghazali’s “Ayyuha-l-Walad” (translated as “Letter to a Disciple”) for a detailed explanation of the matter.

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