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Ayyuhā al-walad


Date of creation
  • 5th century   Hegirian
    12th century   Gregorian
Preferred title

Ayyuhā al-walad   Arabic  IDEO-IFAO transliteration scheme

أيها الولد   Arabic  

Variant title work
  • فرزند نامه   Persian, Modern, after 800  
  • نصيحت نامه   Persian, Modern, after 800  
  • نامه   Persian, Modern, after 800  
  • مكتوب محمد غزالي   Persian, Modern, after 800  
Variant title expression
  •   Arabic  
Work type Single work
Work manifested Early work
Work genre Textual work

Adult, serious

Nature of content



‘Work for your terrestrial life in proportion to your location in it, and work for your afterlife in proportion to your eternity in it.’ This is part of the advice that the great theologian and mystic Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (1058-1111 AD) put down in his Letter to a Disciple. An old disciple of al-Ghazali had studied the Islamic sciences, including the many works of his master, for most of his life. Faced with the proximity of death, he turns again to his master this time asking for a summary of all his teachings. Letter to a Disciple is al-Ghazali’s response. The emphasis in this short treatise is on religious and spiritual action and on putting into practice the knowledge that one has acquired.
Letter to a Disciple can be considered as the last testament of he who is regarded as Hujjat al-Islam, the ‘Proof of Islam’.

History of the work

رسالة كتبها الإمام الغزالي باللغة الفارسية، ثم عُرَّبت وكُتب لها الذيوع، وترجمت لأكثر من لغة. وسبب تأليفها: سؤال من تلميذ للإمام الغزالي يسأله عن أنفع الأعمال فيما بقي من العمر.




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Created at 07-11-2013 by migration (IDEO)

Updated at 20-09-2022 by Engy Elgammal (IDEO)

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