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Al-Ghazali Letter to a Disciple: Ayyuha l-Walad (Paperback)

Abu Hamid Muhammad ibn Muhammad al- Ghazali

Published by The Islamic Texts Society, United Kingdom (2005) ISBN 10: 0946621632  ISBN 13: 9780946621637 

What's interesting about this work by Imam al-Ghazali is that he's writing it to a student who by today's standard would most likely surpass the knowledge of all the scholars in our time. Nonetheless, this book takes the reader on an important journey packed with lessons on how to learn – but more importantly, how to implement. 


Don’t let the title deceive you. You will touch upon topics ranging from every aspect of your life during this journey with the great Imam. Imam al-Ghazali provides his student (and by extension you, the reader) insight on everything from matters of money to adab. 

What I liked most about this book:

The Arabic and English is typeset side by side. This is particularly useful for those students of knowledge who wish to reference the text in Arabic. Further more, it’s quite useful when wanting the source text for a Hadith mentioned. For those who speak Arabic, you’ll find the Arabic was very easy to read even though Imam al-Ghazali's works tend to be advanced in language.


The advice found in this book will most definitely impact you for years to come, if not the rest of your life. That being said, it’s important to read with an open mind and heart. Be prepared to receive. 

About the print quality: 

As with all books published by The Islamic Texts Society, the print quality remains to a high standard. 

Further resources:

Al-Madinah Institute has produced a 7 hour commentary on this text by Shaykh Ninowy and Shaykh Maghroui. Check it out at: http://almadinainstitute.org/audio/curing-the-hearts-a-commentary-of-al-ghazalis-ayyuhal-walad/

—Muhammad Sattaur