Al Gazali

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Al Ghazali was a Sunni and Sufi philosopher of the 11th and 12th century, during the Golden Age, a period of great economic growth and stability and a time when both knowledge and power was at its peak. He was born in 1058 AD in Tus, Persia and impacted greatly upon the Islamic faith, particularly toward Sunni and Sufi members; they know him as ‘the Proof of Islam’. Al Ghazali provided a positive impact upon the Islamic faith and its million of devotees and still continues to do so today through his many works. Al Ghazali was educated in Tus, Persia, at the Nishapur School as well as at the Nizamayyah School in Baghdad. Here, he excelled in Islamic sciences. In 1095, Al Ghazali experienced a personal crisis and had many questions about…show more content…
These allow Sufi members to experience a deeper connection to Allahs divine light through acts of meditation, deep thought and personal prayer to Allah. The proof of this claim is evident throughout Al Ghazali’s work ‘the Deliverance from Error’, an autobiography written by Ghazali shortly before his death in which he discovers the value of mystical experiences within Sufism. Al Ghazali continues to have a strong influence over the Islamic faith today. His judgements are still widely commented upon, for example throughout Fiqh council meetings. Another example of his continuing influence is through his inspiration of not only Islamic, but also Western philosophical schools. The opening of Montessori schools by Thomas Aquinas, which focus on self-directed activity through learning show that people from all over the world have taken to Al Ghazali’s approaches and acted upon them to fulfil the lives of others. Many different works and writings by Al Ghazali are still readily available in a range of different languages as well as countries. This shows that the knowledge of Al Ghazali has impacted upon the religious tradition of Islam and is useful in still fulfilling and educating practising Muslims throughout the world today. His works have continuing relevance throughout the world and continue to teach positivism in being a good Muslim, particularly to Sunni and Sufi members. The Sunni and Shi’a split still exists throughout

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