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Kitāb al-faqr wa-l-zuhd

Part of Iḥyāʾ ʿulūm al-dīn. Kitāb 34


Date of creation
  • Before 1111   Gregorian
Preferred title

Kitāb al-faqr wa-l-zuhd   Arabic  IDEO-IFAO transliteration scheme

كتاب الفقر والزهد   Arabic  

Variant title expression
  • De l'indigence et du renoncement   French  
Work type Single work
Work manifested Early work
Work genre Textual work

Al-Ghazali on Poverty and Abstinence is the thirty-fourth chapter of the Revival of the Religious Sciences (Ihya’ ‘Ulum al-Din), which is widely regarded as the greatest work of Muslim spirituality. In Al-Ghazali on Poverty and Abstinence, Abu Hamid al-Ghazali considers two themes dear to Islamic devotional literature: poverty and abstinence. Taking as his example the Prophet’s love for the poor, Ghazali explains that poverty is not simply an accidental state of destitution that might befall anyone but rather an inner acceptance of the Will of God and a form of abstinence for His sake. Thus the life of poverty described by Ghazali in Al-Ghazali on Poverty and Abstinence refers to what every devoted follower of the Prophet is meant to adopt whatever his or her outer state may be.


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Created at 15-01-2015 by أحمد وجيه (IDEO)

Updated at 04-12-2022 by ()