In Service of God and Humanity: The Legacy of Shaykh Muhammad al-Ghazali

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In-Service of God and Humanity: The Legacy of Shaykh Muhammad al-Ghazali

In his passionate devotion to the task of inviting others to Islam, Muhammad al-Ghazali (1917-1996) presented Muslims with a powerful critique of themselves, not only in their endemic failure to project Islam in the best, most reasoned light, but also in their betrayal of the Qur’an’s spiritual principles and the highest standards set by the Prophet Muhammad. ​

Benaouda Bensaid analyzes al-Ghazali’s critique of du’at (those inviting to Islam) and the practice of da’wah work itself (the call to Islam). He also examines al-Ghazali's methodology, various proposed solutions, and the juristic responses to his perspective. The evolution of al-Ghazali’s thought and the people and factors influencing him are key elements of the study. It is hard to conceive where the state of discourse on da’wah and Islamic reform would be without al-Ghazali’s outstanding contributions. The powerful stand he took on the importance of education, the significant weight he gave to a free society, his promotion of a decent standard of living for the poor, the qualities of moral and personal excellence he appealed for, and his compassionate, impassioned role as an educator, all these preserve al-Ghazali’s reputation, both in his own lifetime and for many generations to come, as one of the twentieth century’s most important Muslim intellectual thinkers and reformers. His legacy is founded on a lifetime of service.

About the author

Imam Abu Hamid Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Ghazali

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.

Benaouda Bensaid

Benaouda Bensaid holds a bachelor's degree in Islamic Studies (University of El -Emir AbdelKadir, Constantine, Algeria), a master's degree in Islamic Revealed Knowledge (International Islamic University, Malaysia), and a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies (McGill University Canada). He is currently associated with the College of Art and Science, Effat University, Jeddah Saudi Arabia.

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  • ISBN 13: 978-1-56564-663-6
  • ISBN 10: 978-1-56564-663-6
  • SKU: 9781565646636
  • Weight: 370g
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Benaouda Bensaid
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Format: Paperback
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Size: 23 x 16 x 2.5
  • Dimensions:  9.5" x 6.3" x 1.2" Inches


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