Imam al-Ghazali

  • Four books on usûl al-fiqh: al-Mankhul, written in the lifetime of his teacher, Imam al-Haramayn; Shifa’ al-Ghalil fi Masa’il [or Masalik] al-Ta ‘lil; al-Maknûn; and al-Mustasfa. “Imam al-Ghazali’s Encyclopedia of Shari‘a Source Methodology, his fourth book on the subject, and his last word, was al-Mustasfa, which has been printed several times in Egypt and elsewhere. Indeed, this is the work he wrote after coming out of his period of meditation and seclusion.”
  • Ihya’ ‘Ulum al-Din, among his last works.
  • al-Imla’ ‘ala Mushkil al-Ihya’, in which he replied to some of the insinuations made against the Ihya’ in his lifetime. This book is also called al-Ajwiba al-Muskita ‘an al-As’ila al-Mubhita.
  • Tafsir al-Qur’an al-‘Azim, now lost.
  • Jawahir al-Qur’an.
  • al-Arba‘un fi al-Tawhid, originally part of Jawahir al-Qur’an.
  • al-Asma’ al-Husna.
  • al-Ma’akhidh, on the divergences of jurisprudents.
  • Tahsin al-Ma’akhidh, a commentary on al-Ma’akhidh.
  • Kimya’ al-Sa‘ada, The Alchemy of Happiness, originally written in Persian.
  • al-Lubab al-Muntakhal, on disputation.
  • al-Iqtisad fi al-I‘tiqad, in which he said:
  • “The anthropomorphists (al-Hashwiyya) assert direction for Allah while guarding themselves from divesting Allah of His attributes (tatîl), falling thereby into likening Allah to creation (tashbîh). Allah has granted success to Ahl al-Sunna in establishing the truth. They have recognized the proper goal in establishing their method, and understood that direction is denied and disallowed for Allah because it pertains to bodies and complements them; while vision of Him is firmly established because it directly follows knowledge and attends it as its perfecting component.”

    • Mi‘yar al-Nazar.
    • Mihakk al-Nazar.
    • Bayan al-Qawlayn, on al-Shafi‘i’s two schools.
    • al-Mustazhiri, a refutation of the esotericists or Batiniyya.
    • Qawasim al-Batiniyya, another refutation.
    • Tahafut al-Falasifa declaring the disbelief of the philosophers, to which the qadi of Andalus Abu al-Walid Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Rushd al-Maliki responded with Tahafut al-Tahafut.
    • al-Maqasid fi Bayan I‘tiqad al-Awa’il, also known as Maqasid al-Falasifa.
    • Asrar Mu‘amalat al-Din.
    • Asrar al-Anwar al-Ilahiyya bi al-Ayat al-Matluwwa.
    • Akhlaq al-Abrar wa al-Najat min al-Ashrar.
    • Asrar Ittiba‘ al-Sunna.
    • Asrar al-Huruf wa al-Kalimat.
    • Bayan Fada’ih al-Ibahiyya, against freethinkers.
    • Bada’i‘ al-Sani‘.
    • Tanbih al-Ghafilin.
    • Talbis Iblis, a title later used by Ibn al-Jawzi against al-Ghazzali and others.
    • Khulasa al-Rasa’il ila ‘Ilm al-Masa’il, an abridgment of al-Muzani’s Mukhtasar.
    • al-Risala al-Qudsiyya fi ‘Ilm al-Kalam.
    • al-Sirr al-Masun, a book of Qur’anic invocations against enemies.
    • Sharh Da’ira ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib, also known as Nukhba al-Asma’.
    • ‘Aqida al-Misbah.
    • ‘Unqud al-Mukhtasar, an abridgment of Imam al-Haramayn’s abridgment of al-Muzani’s Mukhtasar.
    • Rasa’il (“Epistles”), published recently in a single volume, in seven parts, comprising the following epistles:

    (1) Al-Hikma fi Makhluqat Allah — Subhan wa Ta`ala –; Mi‘raj al-Salikin.

    (2) Rawda al-Talibin wa ‘Umda al-Salikin [in tasawwuf and tawhîd]; Qawa‘id al-‘Aqa-’id fi al-Tawhid which he included in the Ihya’ in full; Khulasa al-Tasanif fi al-Tasawwuf in which he defines tasawwuf as follows:

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